TERM 3 - Our natural environment

Have you ever considered the surroundings in which we live? Is the environment natural or built? What is the difference?

In this unit students will make observations in order to compare and contrast a range of natural and built environments. They will look for patterns that can be used to make predictions. Students will begin to recognise different cause and effect relationships between the environment, its inhabitants and humans. They will explore and discuss the impact of their actions on the environment, applying these understandings through practical actions that aim to conserve and protect existing environments. These positive changes to behaviour could include conservation, recycling, reusing and reducing.

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Focus Questions

  • What is an environment?

  • What are some of the traditional beliefs and practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that relate to the environment? How do they differ?

  • How does the environment of Australia differ to Asia?

  • How are natural and built environments different?

  • Why/how do living organisms depend on the environment around them?

  • What impact can individuals have on their local/wider environment?

  • How can we conserve our environment?

  • How can we ensure we have a positive impact on our environment?