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Video How to grow a pair of jeans

TLF ID M015273

This is a slideshow for primary students that traces the steps in cotton production and processing from seeds to jeans. The ten slides in the show use photographs and relatively simple text to cover ground preparation for the cotton crop; seed planting; irrigation and the efficient use of water by Australian cotton farmers; integrated pest control; harvesting; separating the fibre from the seeds in the cotton gin; exporting cotton from Australia to Asia; combing and spinning cotton fibre; weaving and sewing cotton textiles, including denim; and cotton's use in jeans.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a useful resource for the design and technologies curriculum for mid to upper primary students. It addresses the curriculum's food and fibre context and is particularly relevant to the content descriptions that refer to investigating how fibre is produced in modern societies (years 3 and 4 band) and how and why fibre is produced in managed environments (years 5 and 6 band). The first five slides show how cotton fibre is produced in Australia and illustrate how the Australian growing environment is managed in terms of soil, integrated pest management and efficient watering regimes.
  • The slideshow may also be of use in relation to the cross-curriculum priorities sustainability, and Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia. Slide 3 points to Australian farmers' success in producing the most cotton per drop of irrigation water. Slide 4 hints at genetically modified cotton varieties. Slides 7, 8 and 9 deal with Australia's export of raw cotton to China, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Korea, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and the production there of cotton textiles and clothing.
Year level

3; 4; 5; 6; 7

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  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Cotton Australia
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  • Video
  • Interactive
  • © 2013 Cotton Australia. Provided all acknowledgements are retained, this material may be used, reproduced and communicated free of charge for non-commercial educational purposes within Australia and in overseas schools where the Australian curriculum is taught.