Teacher guide The safe water challenge

TLF ID M017771

This is a unit of work about the importance of safe, fresh water to people through the world. Intended for years 7 and 8 and written with a global education focus, the resource consists of five single- or multi-lesson activities, titled: Water - more precious than gold; Urbanisation and accessing safe water; Sharing a river; Increasing water availability and access; and Lending a hand to improve water access. Student activities include examining case studies, compiling data, creating presentations, and proposing a personal action. The resource provides links to websites, digital resources, activity templates and a range of other resources about water and sanitation.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is an excellent resource for the 'Water and the world' unit of study in the year 7 geography curriculum and the Geographical Inquiry and Skills strand as applied in the unit of study. It is highly relevant for content descriptions about the ways that flows of water connect and affect places, and the nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it. The student activities connect strongly to skills content descriptions that refer to collecting and recording geographical data and information, applying geographical concepts to draw conclusions, presenting findings, arguments and ideas, and proposing individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge.
  • The unit of work integrates aspects of the geography, science and English curriculums in year 7. Relevant science content descriptions include water being an important resource that cycles through the environment; and science understanding influencing practice in areas of human activity such as terrestrial resource management. Relevant English content descriptions include planning, rehearsing and delivering presentations and creating imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues.
  • Much of the content in the unit of work is of value for the Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia and the Sustainability cross-curriculum priorities. The activities also help student development of a number of the general capabilities, particularly Literacy and Critical and creative thinking. They are especially relevant to the Literacy organising elements of comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing, and composing texts through speaking, writing and creating; and also the Critical and creative understanding organising element of inquiring - identifying, exploring and organising information.
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  • Contributor
  • Name: Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Organization: Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
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  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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  • Online
  • © Commonwealth of Australia 2014. Unless otherwise indicated, this material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 Australia (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 AU) licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/au/.