Environment 1: Grade 06

Grade 6: Eco Curriculum


• Development issues:
• causes of poverty
 exploitation
 disrespect of human rights
 environmental destruction
 lack of access to resources
 unemployment
• case studies of positive development projects that exemplify ways of sharing resources and reducing poverty
• Environmental issues – the contribution of societies to the loss of bio-diversity:
• disappearing wetlands
• soil erosion
• deforestation
• extinction of plants and animals

Life and Living

Life processes and healthy living:
Summery: Organisms have unique ways to adapt to their particular environments.
• All living things can respond to their environment in various ways; animals, including humans have specialised sense organs.
• Living things can move themselves; animals including humans can move themselves from place to place. Many species of animals move themselves by means of muscles attached to some kind of skeleton, which is either on the inside or surface of the body.

Interactions in Environments:
Summery: A healthy habitats are necessary for organisms to play their part successfully and to ensure continued existence.
• Organisms’ habitats are the places where they feed, reproduce young and, in many cases, shelter the young until the young have a better chance of survival. Animal species live in their habitats in a variety of social patterns (such as being solitary, pairing for life, or living in packs, prides. Herds, troops or colonies).

Sustainable Growth & Development:
Summery: Governmental steps that can be taken to improve the environment
• Research and analise standards of living and patterns of consumption in modern societies where people specialise and trade to satisfy needs and wants.
• Explain economic actions taken against the apartheid government to bring about change (e.g. sanctions, disinvestment), and how these impacted on change, growth and development.
• Identify steps that can be taken by the government to redress historic imbalances and poverty (e.g. redistribution of resources, gender equity, capacity building, restoring people’s dignity, creating opportunity and empowerment).
Entrepreneurial Knowledge & Skills:
Summery: Cooperation between school and community in promoting natural resources
Identify a variety of possible business opportunities in the community (school co-operatives, sports, entertainment, tourism)

Technological processes and skills:
Summery: Focusing on the environment explain the positive and negative effects that technology has had. Compare technologies from past and present.  progress
Find out about the background context (e.g. people, environment, nature of need) when given a problem, need or opportunity and list the advantages that a technological solution might bring to the environment.
• Find out about existing products relevant to the problem, need or opportunity, and identify as well as compare some of the design aspects (who is it for / what is it for / what does it look like / what is it made of / whether it affects the environment).
• Perform a scientific investigation about concepts relevant to the problem, need or opportunity using science process skills:
• planning investigations;
• conducting investigations;
• processing and interpreting data;
• evaluating and communicating; findings.

Technology, society and the environment:
Summery: Compare technologies of past and present to come up with solutions.
Indigenous Technology and Culture
Describe similarities in problems and solutions in own and other societies – past, present and future.

Impact of Technology
Suggest ways to improve technological products or processes to minimize negative effects on people and/or the health of the environment.