Living Sustainably

Living Sustainably

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

Climate & Environment

Reading and Writing

Technology

The world’s resources are running low. How can we use them to ensure sustainability for future generations?

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April 23, 2021

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Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

Supporting Files

Living Sustainably SoW and Lesson Support


The Scheme of Work (SoW) provides an overarching view of the project and each Lesson Support document provides the granularity for each stage.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the concept of living sustainably
  • To identify requirements of design and build of a sustainable building
  • Plan and build a dwelling using sustainable materials
  • Use chalkboards and NPC’s to provide information about how certain elements of their builds provide sustainability

Guiding Ideas

Learners will develop their planning skills and identifying how their builds will not only be made from sustainable materials but also to allow the owners of their builds to live in a sustainable manner.

In order to understand the meaning of living sustainably and what defines a sustainable material, this involves a lot of research. A range of reading techniques, such as close reading, skimming and scanning will also develop as part of this research.

The project provides the learners with opportunities to develop their writing skills, especially in the initial research and planning phase and also the evaluation phase at the end of the project. Critical thinking and problem-solving are at the heart of Science and Technology when analysing problems to develop models, solutions and innovations. This is an integral part of this project especially so during the building phase of the project. When developing their sustainable builds from their plans, learners will be making decisions and solving problems sub-consciously as part of their thinking processes.

Planning and organisation are key in scientific and technological processes and learners will be organising and planning their projects and ideas, while setting their own goals within distinct requirements. They will also be critically evaluating their progress and results to further improve their ideas and outcomes.

Essential Questions:

  • Which of the earth’s resources are in short supply?
  • What does ‘living sustainably’ mean?
  • How will you incorporate sustainability into your planning?
  • Which blocks in Minecraft are sustainable?
  • What are the main strengths of your build?

 

 

Student Activities

Introduction and Research 2+ hrs.

  • Discuss the concept of sustainability
  • Create a mind map using sustainable building materials and ideas about how to live sustainably

Planning 2hrs.

  • Learners create a plan to build a sustainable house in Minecraft: Education Edition
  • Use knowledge acquired during the research lesson and annotate the plan accordingly

Building 2+ hrs.

  • Follow plan to build a sustainable building in Minecraft: Education Edition

Adding Information to Worlds 2+ hrs.

  • Use the chalkboards and NPC’s to provide information about how certain elements of the build provide sustainability

Identifying Improvements 2+ hrs.

  • Visit other learners’ sustainable building and identify strengths and weaknesses in terms of sustainability

Evaluation and Presentation 2+ hrs.

  • Learners identify strength and weaknesses in their builds and make improvement
  • Present sustainable buildings to peers using camera and book and quill

 

Performance Expectations

Further information within the Lesson Support documents

Skills

  • Citizenship
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

Supporting Files

Living Sustainably SoW and Lesson Support


The Scheme of Work (SoW) provides an overarching view of the project and each Lesson Support document provides the granularity for each stage.