HSIE activities — K-6

NSW Syllabus:
The best syllabus links are in the Social Systems and Structures strand of HSIE for the Resource Systems outcome.

Stage 1

SSS1.7 Explains how people and technologies in systems link to provide goods and services to satisfy needs and wants

Stage 1 Activity

Are there foods that a more highly processed than others? How do you know? Collect a range of food items and categorise into processed and unprocessed. Include some edible seeds, whole grains and manufactured foods. Can you just classify foods as processed or unprocessed, or do some foods have more or less processing than others?

Organise a line of food processing value – starting with unprocessed moving along a continuum to the most processed foods, eg fruit, seeds and grains have been harvested, but are not processed; meat has been through a limited processing process; jam is simply manufactured (cooked) from fruit and sugar; while most packaged breakfast cereal are more highly processed. This could be done with most foods, including what students have for lunch that day.

wheat crop

Australia is the fourth largest exporter of wheat in the world

Stage 2

SSS2.7 Describes how and why people and technologies interact to meet needs and explains the effects of these interactions on people and the environment

Stage 2 Activity

Find out about a local farmers market, why do people go to the market and what do they buy. What are the benefits for the farmers and the local community?

Stage 3

SSS3.7 Describes how Australian people, systems and communities are globally interconnected and recognise global responsibilities

Stage 3 Activity

Examine maps in a current junior atlas which shows agricultural land use in Australia. Look closely at NSW and compare nationally or to another state. What patterns of agricultural products are apparent? How do these compare to a map that shows the natural features of the same places?

Use land use and natural features maps, to examine the significance of Australian agricultural production nationally and globally.

cow head

Sheep and cattle are major Australian exports and import

dog on flock of sheep

Changes in work practices and industry in Australia

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