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.
Learn about The Great Barrier Reef with a reading comprehension and note-taking activity.
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.
A comprehension worksheet for a magazine article about plastic pollution in our oceans.
A teaching presentation that explores what natural resources are and where they come from.
Learn about the importance of water to life on Earth, along with where water comes from, with an instructional slide deck.
Show your students the types of pollution and their effects with an instructional slide deck.
Discover the difference between processed and natural materials with an instructional slide show.
Explore how Indigenous peoples care for Country and Place in sustainable ways with a teaching presentation.
Read and learn about deforestation with an engaging infographic and comprehension worksheet.
Help your students learn about how to keep our planet clean with a printable Earth Day book.
Discover where Earth's natural resources are located with a pair of differentiated Natural Resource Worksheets.
Learn about natural and manmade materials with a printable resource pack.
Inspire your students to reduce, reuse, and recycle with a fun Earth Day craft project.
A poster of the world map featuring 64 species and subspecies that are on the critically endangered list.
Review science vocabulary terms with an engaging renewable energy word search.
Learn about environmental changes and how they affect living things with this worksheet.
Discover the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy sources with a comprehension passage and worksheet.
Learn about natural resources with this printable mini-book.
Answer questions about natural resources and their uses with this set of 16 task cards.
Learn about recycling, composting, and sustainable practices for waste management with a fun sorting activity.
Compare and contrast different types of renewable energy sources with a printable graphic organiser.
Use this printable science flipbook with your students to research and write about a chosen natural resource.
Introduce your students to the different types of materials with a pack of printable anchor charts.
Display this poster when learning about sustainability.
Teach your students ways to save water with a printable poster and worksheet pack.
Teach about the importance of trees on National Tree Day with an infographic poster and cloze note-taking worksheet.
Display and examine renewable and non-renewable energy sources, including wind, hydro, solar, natural gas, oil and coal.
Promote sustainable living with a sustainability sorting activity.
Make a promise to protect the planet with a printable Earth Day flip book.
A worksheet which will have the students evaluate their ecological footprint and compare it with the class.
Display different ways to save water with this water conservation foldable.