Inquiry Question

How can I help to make the world a better place?

How can we work together to reduce our impact on the environment?


Global Words: Sustainability Junior Primary English, Years 3-4

Global Words has been produced by World Vision Australia and the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) to integrate the teaching and learning of English and Geography with global citizenship education.  This unit of work allows students to explore issues that relate to our shared responsibility to care for the environment.  

Link: Global Words

Cool Australia: Sustainable Shopping List Meal Challenge

This activity is designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment.  Students will study supermarket catalogues and recipe books, write shopping lists and go shopping for ingredients.  Children are encouraged to think about different ways they can source ingredients e.g. locally/sustainably, to save money and the environment. 

Link: Cool Australia

Cool Australia: Creative Sustainability (Visual Arts) Years 3-4

Children who are connected to their world and their environment are more likely to take action to care for it later in life.  In this unit, students will explore key themes around sustainability through creativity.  

Link: Cool Australia


Children’s Books Daily: 100 of the Best Books for Children on Sustainability

This website contains a collection of books with a focus on sustainability.  Included are books on gardening with young children, and issues of the environment and sustainability in general.  This compilation, by librarian Megan Daley, is an excellent starting point for teachers, students and parents wanting to explore this topic. 

Link: Children's Books Daily

Further Information

Teacher Notes: 

In Years 3 and 4, students experience learning in a range of contexts that relate to study in other areas of the curriculum.  The resources included here aim to engage students in learning to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships as they explore values of responsibility and gain insight into ways to grow their capacity as thoughtful, informed and active members of society.