Resources for educators
Moreland City Council subsidises or assists with a number of sustainability education and action programs for local schools. For more information go to:
Biodiversity education programs – for a variety of programs run by CERES and Merri Creek Management Committee. These are free of charge for Moreland schools.
Walk or ride to school – for information on relevant walk or ride to school programs.
Other programs and classroom resources
There is a wide variety of other programs and resources available to support educators teaching units of work related to environmental sustainability. Many are ready-linked to Victorian curriculum content.
Here is a selection:
Zoos Victoria offer a range of educational resources and programs for Early childhood to year 12, including online resources such as webinars, virtual excursions, teacher events and PD. Zoos Victoria also have a Facebook group called Teacher Tribe for teachers to share stories, ideas and resources with zoo staff and other teachers.
CERES has a range of online resources for sustainability activities to use at school or at home, and covering a range of Victorian Curriculum areas including Science, English, Mathematics, Design Technology, The Arts and Digital Technology. CERES also offers a range of excursion programs, including incursions and virtual excursions, as well as the ResourceSmart Schools program.
Merri Creek Management Committee offers a range Waterwatch programs for all levels (early childhood to tertiary). MCMC also have two Water Education Manuals available on their website, suitable for Foundation to Year 2 and upper primary (years 5 – 6).
Melbourne Water has a range of curriculum linked resources and tours for Foundation through to year 10. These cover Science, Geography, Design and Digital Technologies as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture. Melbourne Water also offers various citizen science programs , including Waterwatch.
Birdlife Australia has teaching resources available on the Birds in Backyards website including a comprehensive resource for Primary School children called Beaks, Feet and Feathers. Birdlife Australia also offers the Birds in Schools program for primary schools.
ABC Behind the News has a range a great resources on a variety of sustainability topics and environmental issues. The ABC also have a Bin Audit Teacher Resource suited to Geography year 4, HASS years 4 and 7, and Science years 4 – 7. ABC’s education site has a wide range of sustainability resources, searchable by subject and year level.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria have many resources and programs aimed at all levels from Early Childhood to Tertiary. They also currently have Digital Garden Experiences across all levels for terms 3 and 4 (in 2020).
The CSIRO has a Sustainable Futures Program which is designed to support teachers working with years 3 to 10.
Parks Victoria's teacher portal offers a range of guided and self-guided experiences, as well as citizen science programs and educational resources.
Other useful websites for sustainability resources:
World’s Largest Lesson (unicef): teaching resources on the Sustainable Development Goals
Cool Australia Curriculum Materials: search by topic, year level and subject