Grade 6: Eco Curriculum
SOCIAL SCIENCES (The world)
• Development issues:
• causes of poverty
disrespect of human rights
lack of access to resources
• 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
• extinction of plants and animals
Kingdoms of Southern Africa’s (Mapungubwe / Thulamela / Great Zimbabwe) – role and contributions in terms of gold, iron, ivory and cattle.
Contributions and negative effects of exploration and exploitation of 14th century onwards on people and the environment.
Life and Living
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).
LIFE ORIENTATION SPECIFIC THEME: Take care of your environment; take care of yourself
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)
Impact of Technology
Suggest ways to improve technological products or processes to minimize negative effects on people and/or the health of the environment.