Enviromaths

Working Mathematically for Stage 3 – integrating mathematics, Science and sustainability education

Enviromaths is an incursion program that helps students investigate their school’s environmental sustainability using Mathematics and Science. The program supports the learning outcomes of the Sustainability Education Policy for Schools and involves one Stage 3 class. Students investigate how environmentally sustainable their school is and devise strategies to improve sustainability across the whole school community. The program is underpinned by the Sustainability Action Process (SAP), a curriculum framework used to teach students about sustainability issues.

Enviromaths also focuses on the Quality Teaching dimension of Significance, and the element of Connectedness, by providing real examples of the practical application of Working Mathematically and ways of incorporating Technology Education to enhance student outcomes. As Enviromaths is delivered in your school, students are able to use their maths skills in a practical way in order to investigate environmental data that is relevant and meaningful to their lives.

Program outcomes:

  1. To enhance mathematics outcomes, particularly in the content strand of working mathematically
  2. To enhance Science and Technology outcomes particularly in the area of scientific investigation
  3. To enhance computer literacy and technology outcomes through the use of iPads, interactive whiteboards and other mobile technologies
  4. To promote Education for Sustainability in participating schools

Pre visit lesson resources.

A Sustainability

  1. Discuss what the environment and sustainability means and the aim of the program ie to investigate their school’s sustainability in 5 areas: biodiversity, energy consumption, water use, waste and stormwater impacts on local waterways. Explain the importance of working mathematically to gather data about school sustainability.Watch the youtube clip ‘Sustainability explained through animation’ and discuss why it is important to act in sustainable ways to ensure a healthy environment for the future.The environment is everything that surrounds us. Sustainability means acting in a way that makes sure we have enough resources for now and future generations.
  2. Play the DVD ‘It’s your choice’ (in Teachers Pack) and have students record any exiting school sustainability practices in the 5 areas on their worksheet
  3. Explain an ecological footprint (the amount of land or resources a person uses to live their lives) and have students calculate their own Ecological footprint using the Earth Day Eco Footprint Calculator
  4. View the Wild Classroom film clip which explains biodiversity

 

Risk Assessment Pro Forma – Enviromaths

Summary of learning sites, activities and student outcomes

Learning site Activity Outcomes Fieldwork in action
Classroom Recap on Previsit activities:
Students will have:

  • Learnt about the importance of adopting sustainable behaviours
  • Identified current school sustainability practices
  • Calculated their own ecological footprint
Demonstrates a willingness to engage responsibly with local national and global issues relevant to their lives and to shaping sustainable futures.

 

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School grounds and classroom Water Audit

Students will:

  • Conduct a school water audit to determine the number and quality of water devices
  • Examine school water consumption data to calculate the school’s water efficiency
Collaboratively and individually selecting suitable methods for gathering data and information first hand and  from reliable secondary sources.

 

Use appropriate methods to collect data and construct, interpret and evaluate data displays.

Undertaking a water audit

Undertaking a water audit

School grounds and classroom Biodiversity Investigation

Students will:

  • Estimate the proportion of school grounds supporting biodiversity
  • Undertake an invertebrate survey in school gardens using sampling techniques

 

Investigates by posing questions, including testable questions, making predictions and gathering data to draw evidence -based conclusions and develop explanation.

 

biodiversity study

biodiversity study

School grounds and classroom Energy Audit

Students will:

  • Examine the school’s electricity webgraph to calculate their school’s energy efficiency
  • Undertake an appliance and lighting audit (with a lux meter) to determine the number of electrical appliances and the percentage of school areas under or over lit.
Use appropriate methods to collect data and construct, interpret and evaluate data displays.

Conducting a ighting audit with a light meter app

Conducting a lighting audit with a light meter app

School grounds and classroom Waste Audit

Students will:

Examine the contents of a typical school waste bin to calculate the percentage of items that could be recycled or sent to landfill

Compares orders and calculates with fractions, decimals and percentages.

 

Analysing school waste

Analysing school waste

Classroom Follow up – Action Planning

Students will:

  • Use the results of their investigations to improve school sustainability in one focus area.
Draw conclusions based on their own investigations and communicate their findings to the rest of the school community.

 

Students planning sustainability actions

Students planning sustainability actions

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