Make teaching sustainability easy this school year with printable worksheets, activities for kids, comprehension pieces, lesson plans, and more — all created by teachers for your primary classroom.
This teaching resource collection is aligned with the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority to help your students build a more sustainable future! Each resource was designed to help your students understand how they can implement sustainable practices in the classroom and at home. Our teacher team has carefully reviewed and curated each resource to ensure your students will be armed with information on everything from composting to conservation, as well as how to reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink, and repair.
Tackling this topic for the first time in your classroom? Read on for a primer from our teacher team!
Sustainability is a cross-curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum and for a good reason. Primary school is an important time to begin talking to students about sustainability as we can instill these practices early and make them into lifelong habits. But explaining this concept to kids can be tricky.
Here's a kid-friendly sustainability definition we like to use to explain its meaning to our students: Sustainability is the ability to meet someone's current needs without hurting the ability of people in the future to meet their own needs.
On a more technical level, sustainability represents a holistic approach to addressing environmental, social, and economic challenges in a way that supports long-term well-being and resilience. This often includes practices such as reducing carbon emissions, conserving natural resources, and promoting social equity.
A comprehension worksheet for a magazine article about plastic pollution in our oceans.
Read to learn about the Great Pacific Garbage patch with a printable reading comprehension worksheet pack.
Build comprehension skills and learn about human impact on ecosystems with a reading passage and worksheets.
Learn about The Great Barrier Reef with a reading comprehension and note-taking activity.
A comprehension task to use when learning about bushfires.
Learn about the importance of water to life on Earth, along with where water comes from, with an instructional slide deck.
A teaching presentation that explores what natural resources are and where they come from.
Read and learn about deforestation with an engaging infographic and comprehension worksheet.
Explore how natural resources are used by humans in the 21st century with an instructional slide deck.
Discover the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy sources with a comprehension passage and worksheet.
Help your students learn about how to keep our planet clean with a printable Earth Day book.
Learn about recycling, composting, and sustainable practices for waste management with a fun sorting activity.
Explore how Indigenous peoples care for Country and Place in sustainable ways with a teaching presentation.
Inspire your students to reduce, reuse, and recycle with a fun Earth Day craft project.
Sort renewable and non-renewable resources with this cut-and-paste worksheet.
Learn about natural resources with this printable mini-book.
Use this printable science flipbook with your students to research and write about a chosen natural resource.
Explain the concepts behind reducing, reusing, recycling, rethinking and repairing waste with a set of printable sustainability posters.
Display different ways to save water with this water conservation foldable.
Teach about the importance of trees on National Tree Day with an infographic poster and cloze note-taking worksheet.
Answer questions about natural resources and their uses with this set of 16 task cards.
Learn about environmental changes and how they affect living things with this worksheet.
Review science vocabulary terms with an engaging renewable energy word search.
Display this poster when learning about sustainability.
Learn about natural and manmade materials with a printable resource pack.
A set of 5 brainstorming sheets to use when brainstorming all of the ways we can reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink and repair waste.
A poster of the world map featuring 64 species and subspecies that are on the critically endangered list.
Display and examine renewable and non-renewable energy sources, including wind, hydro, solar, natural gas, oil and coal.
A worksheet that explores the vocabulary of sustainability.
Print a word search to use on National Tree Day or Earth Day to help your students learn about conservation.
An infographic displaying important facts and statistics about water overuse.
Posters outlining what can be put in the different types of bins.