Exploring sustainability at secondary

Discuss, examine and reflect upon environmental sustainability with secondary students using this cross-curricular collection of lessons, debates and games

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Detailed lessons, thought-provoking debates and challenging games to empower critical thinking and reflection about sustainability

As our presence on the planet continues to have impact on a range of important biological systems, it’s no surprise that sustainability has become a cross-curricular priority. As well as being all-encompassing in the classroom, it is at the forefront of young peoples’ minds as they think about their future and the next generation.

To help your students understand the value of adopting a more sustainable way of living, we’ve gathered some of the very best introductory lesson ideas and activities. After all, there is no better time to stop and think about how to care for our planet. ​

Lessons

Successful discussions about sustainability, and what that means on a global scale, are reliant on learners grasping the basics. Spend a lesson defining and analysing the term 'sustainable' in this research-led activity, or take a peer-teaching approach with this whole class lesson, which is dependent on individuals absorbing information and sharing it coherently.

For a more in-depth exploration, chew on the facts surrounding food production with this collection of lessons, using the Indus Basin Irrigation System as a relevant case study. Alternatively, this comprehensive unit, packed full of colourful presentations, is ideal for kick-starting meaningful discussions about the responsibilities of individuals and governments.

 

Sustainability Lesson
lsshales

Sustainability Lesson

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A great whole class lesson. Learners are to work in teams/pairs. Each group of learners is to be given a factsheets. Learners are then to be given a large sheets of paper and condense the information down to onto the paper using limited words. (10 words works well) Fact sheets are removed and lear...
Sustainability
thisisgeography

Sustainability

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3 part lesson series for the OCR module Resource Reliance. This is the third section of the Resource Reliance prescribed module that also includes global resources and the Tanzania case study. Specifically designed for the new OCR Geography GCSE but also suitable for Edexcel and AQA. All lesson are ...
Environmental Change & Sustainability Unit Y11
DaiQiuYun

Environmental Change & Sustainability Unit Y11

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Unit of work for Edexcel Unit 3A: environmental change & sustainability. Lessons for high and mid-low sets. Lesson sequence: 1) Introduction to environmental problems, meaning of 'sustainability&' 2) Barriers to change - why people and governments don&';t act 3) How can governments ...

Debates and games

Ready, set, debate! Talk about the complex issues surrounding sustainability by pitching one half of the class against another with help from this informative topic guide. Or use this role-play exercise as bait to get students discussing conflicting opinions about overfishing in this made-up scenario.  

Younger learners are guaranteed to engage with this settlement game, in which they weigh up all the factors required to create a sustainable living space. Thinking more globally, this fictional decision-making game, focusing on the development of sustainable tourism, get students talking and working together.

 

Debating Matters Topic Guide - Sustainability
instituteofideas

Debating Matters Topic Guide - Sustainability

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The Debating Matters Competition's acclaimed Topic Guide series, created for sixth-form student debaters. Topic Guides feature summaries of contemporary debates covering cultural, legal, social, political, scientific and philosophical issues, and includes extensive hyperlinked bibliography, definiti...
Settlement Game
lettielee

Settlement Game

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Teams are required to design their own town/city. taking consideration of all the factors required for a good sustainable living space. This resource is based on some rather dusty old cards I found at the back of a retired teachers cupboard. Played it with the students and added the changes they fe...
Sustainable tourism game
ElizabethKAS

Sustainable tourism game

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A decision making game designed around making sustainable decisions for developing tourism on an island (Phuket, Thailand - note the scenario is entirely fictional!). Students work in 3's, have to collect information about what is happening and then decide what the most sustainable choice would be.