Water Matters - Issue 18
New resources teach Australian students the importance of water
Four major teaching units on water addressing significant gaps in the school curriculum have been released by the Australian Government.
These units aligned to the Australian Curriculum are on four key regions in Australia: the Murray-Darling Basin, Northern Australia and the Wet Tropics, the Lake Eyre Basin and the Great Artesian Basin.
The units explore how natural water systems work, the ways we use water and sustainable water management practices. Understanding Australia's water challenges is the first step to sustainable water management and better balancing the water needs of our communities, farmers and the environment.
The science and geography resources have been developed as an online resource to complement the digital education revolution. The lesson plans make use of new classroom technologies, including interactive whiteboards and high-speed internet connections and with lessons ranging from the value of agriculture in the Murray-Darling Basin to the feasibility of moving water long distances across our country these resources offer a practical approach to science and geography.
Students are given the opportunity to learn about some of Australia's most significant water areas while also exploring water use in their own homes, schools and communities.
The new teaching units will complement the Water Education Toolkit, a vast collection of resources for teachers available on our website that has proven to be enormously popular, with more than 3000 unique page views in the past three months.
The Water Education Teaching Units were developed by Education Services Australia and reviewed by a panel of Australian teachers and an Indigenous curriculum consultant.
These resources have been developed for lower secondary school students but can easily be adapted for any classroom in Australia. The resources in the Water Education Toolkit and the new Australian Water Education Teaching Units are free to access and use.
The teaching units can be accessed on the department's website at Australian Water Education Resources.