Grade 6: Eco Curriculum
SOCIAL SCIENCES (The world)
• Development issues:
• causes of poverty
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
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).
The Planet Earth and Beyond
Our place in Space
Summery: Exploring how catastrophic events and environmental deterioration can disrupt the regular behavior of humans, plants and animals.
• The effect of unusual events like flash-floods and dry spells on humans and the environment. Possible causes (overgrazing / gross pollution / global warming) and possible solutions.
Atmosphere and weather
Summery: Nothing in nature is constant. There is always change or movement of material or in weather patterns.
• Other changes take longer to occur. An example of this type of medium-term change is annual seasonal changes, which may be described in terms of changes in rainfall, average wind direction, length of day or night and average maximum and minimum temperatures.
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.
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.