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.
- To enhance mathematics outcomes, particularly in the content strand of working mathematically
- To enhance Science and Technology outcomes particularly in the area of scientific investigation
- To enhance computer literacy and technology outcomes through the use of iPads, interactive whiteboards and other mobile technologies
- To promote Education for Sustainability in participating schools
Pre visit lesson resources.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- View the Wild Classroom film clip which explains biodiversity
Summary of learning sites, activities and student outcomes