VCE Environmental Science

FUSE eBookbox for VCE Environmental Science is a collection of resources for supporting Units 1 to 4.
VCAA website for VCE Environmental Science study design and assessment handbook
VCAA website for past exams and assessment reports
VAEE site for VCE Environmental Science

General

ECOS magazine - Towards Environmental Sustainability Published by CSIRO, this excellent resource has an archive of their issues going back to 1974. Use as discussion starters or for information about case studies. It has articles about pollutants (fluoride and sulphur dioxide), salinity, biodiversity, renewable energy sources and environmental education.
The Environmental Literacy Council has excellent resources for teachers and students, grouped conveniently under the headings Air, Climate, Land, Water, Ecosystems, Energy, Food, Environment and Society.

Biodiversity

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ARKive - discover the world's most endangered species - information, photos and videos
BBC News - Science/Nature - "The sixth great wave of extinctions" .
FWPA Forest Learning - Resources about forests, sustainability and biodiversity.
Floral emblems of Australia: education kit Developed by the Australian National Botanic Gardens, this free kit is designed for primary students and teachers.
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Education Kit is for early tertiary and late secondary students doing environmental studies and related subjects. Study of the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo provides excellent examples of the issues and problems faced by conservation projects in the temperate woodlands, such as fire management, agricultural intensification and firewood collection.
"Get Hooked...It's Fun to Fish" National Junior Fishing Codes Education Kit is a valuable learning kit endorsed for use in Australian schools, community groups, clubs and interest groups by Recfish Australia, the trading name of the Australian Recreational and Sport Fishing Confederation Inc.
Gould League - Environmental Education for Australian children
IUCN red list of endangered species - database of organisms by country, level of endangerment and ecosystem.
"Outwit, Outplay, Outfox" - Fox Education and Resource Kitwas developed for Tasmanian Schools to provide information on foxes, the threat they pose to Tasmania and what students and others can do to help. Discover Tasmania’s unique marsupials, how to track foxes and one of the worst acts of environmental vandalism that Australia has ever seen.
Spineless Wonders - a site about invertebrates (insects, arachnids, worms, molluscs, centipedes and millipedes)
WIRES - Wildlife Rescue Organisation provides an educational booklet about wildlife for children and teachers to enjoy. It will introduce children to the amazing world of Australia’s native animals with the aim of educating young naturalists with details about everyday animals they see and experience.
Zoos Victoria - Learning programs from Melbourne, Werribee and Healesville.

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Backyards Give a Frog a Home
Design and Construction of a Frog Bog
LaTrobe University Wildlife Nursery Frog Bog

Climate Change

An Inconvenient Truth study guide brings home Gore's persuasive argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue - rather, it is the biggest moral challenge facing our global civilization. The locally produced study guide on the Australian website includes screen captures, relevant graphics, analysis of the film and how to use it in the curriculum.
Breathing Earth is a beautiful (if a little scary) animated map showing CO2 emissions, births and deaths arpound the world.
The Climate Hot Map shows global warming effects around the world.
Teaching Climate Change from the Australia Institute (2008) is 9 modules of resources for teachers.
Adapting plants to a changing climate from CSIRO
WorldMapper is an interesting site that shows countries size depending on various factors - this one is greenhouse gas production for example.

Food, Fibre and Farming

Future Harvest Education Kit is designed to encourage students to investigate the range of factors involved in producing food and other products that we use in our everyday life.
Cotton Australia has information for primary and secondary students, including Fact Sheets. Younger students can gain a basic understanding of the cotton industry through the Kids Fact Sheets Book.

Habitats

The Australian Alps Education Kit
Victorian Wetlands - Teacher Resource kit
Greening Australia – Schools for the environment covers eight key environmental learning areas. The kit provides a comprehensive resource across all curriculum areas. It features Plant Propagation, Koori Heritage and Habitat Creation and Enhancement. The kit contains CSF links, background information, a resource including web sites (with ratings!) plus activities, worksheets and other cross-curricular activity ideas
Logs have life inside Music and Education Kit aims to teach primary students that logs are habitats for wildlife. This message is delivered by reminding students that hollow logs and trees provide homes, nesting sites and feeding grounds for a variety of plants and animals, and by exploring the impact of firewood collection on Australia's native wildlife. The kit also encourages students to protect our native habitats by suggesting simple strategies for conserving dead wood.
Melbourne Museum Forest Secrets Education has materials for primary and lower secondary classes. Topics include: where do animals live, how people interact with forest environments, the significance of fire for plants and animals, classification of organisms and how their characteristics help them to survive. learning activities that may be used in conjunction with this website and/or the Forest Gallery at Melbourne Museum.
Parks Victoria Education Resource Kit contains information and activities for primary and secondary level students. These can be used to stimulate students to investigate Victoria’s national parks.
http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/education/resource_kit/resources/PVERKintrosection1011.pdf

Water

Australian Water Education Toolkit. An online database of resources by the Australian Government, encompassing all of Australia. Search by year level, region, resource type and key concepts.
Community Water Grants Education kit provides information and activities designed to encourage thinking about water and its important role in everyday life. It is aimed at school-aged children who may be involved in your project.
Water-saving tips
Water calculators
Waterwise house
Investigating the Hydrosphere
Deakin University Education - Water Unit
Home Water Investigator. An online learning object produced by Melbourne Water. Use this to build a report on individual household water usage, room by room, item by item.
Mission H2O. Using gaming principles to engage users in water conservation. Competition based, with top 10 highest scores in a 30 day period published and opportunities to win prizes. Best for junior students.
Saving water at home and at school Melbourne Water's webpage on water conservation.
Using and saving water.
Water conservation section from water.vic.gov.au - Best for senior students
Melbourne Water
Water Footprint This is a great site where you can find out how much water it takes to produce a cup of coffee or a piece of steak for example. You can use it with students for maths activities - draw tables and graphs.
Melbourne schools, check out the Water - Learn it! Live it! program (state-government funded) for resources, and support implementing a schools-based water education program. If you're teaching in a school in regional Victoria, check with your local water authority for a copy of the Water - Learn it! Live it! regional resource (activities were designed with rural and semi-rural issues in mind).

Rivers and creeks, Waterways

The Waterwatch Education Kit waspublished in 1994 (edition 1) and 1997 (edition 2), providing information on water quality related issues and over 30 classroom and field activities for upper primary and lower secondary level students
WaterWatch Australia
WaterWatch Victoria
WaterWatch Queensland
Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority

Marine and Coastal Environments

The Clean Ocean Education Kit is a tool for VCE Outdoor & Environmental Studies teachers or younger students studying ocean environment and conservation. It specifically tells the story of the Clean Ocean Foundation and the ongoing issue of Boags Rocks Outfall and the facts about water use in Victoria.
Marine Education Society of Australasia (MESA)
Sydney Aquarium Many education kits including: Grades 3 – 4: Classification, Aquatic Mammals, Marvellous Molluscs, Dangerous Marine Mammals, How is a fish built, By the sea by the river, Fairy Penguins, Environmental Trail, Great Barrier Reef, Primary Maths, Man eating shark, Sharks. Years 7 – 12: Animal Classification, How is a fish built, Great Barrier reef, Aquatic Habitats of Australia, Secondary Art, Man eating shark, Adaptations.
Marine Mapping Education Resource Kit has been developed to provide information and opportunities for Victorian students to learn about marine Mapping as applied to Victoria’s Marine National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries. These curriculum materials have been specifically developed in support of the Marine Mapping Education DVD.
Marine Activity Book has been produced by Parks Victoria based on the animals, plants and habitats found in marine national parks, the activities people can and cannot do and human impact on the marine environment.
Museum Victoria's Marine Education Resources.
Parks Victoria Education Resource Kit – Marine This Educational CD-Rom has been produced to provide educators, students, community groups, stakeholders, and Parks Victoria staff with ready access to a wide range of information, presentations, activities, and data about Victoria’s Marine National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries. We hope that the information it contains is useful to you to gain a better understanding of the natural and cultural values of this magnificent park system.

Waste

Waste Wise Curriculum resourcesThere are a range of resources to help your school become Waste Wise including: Waste Wise Schools Kit, Curriculum Resources Ollie’s World (Ollie Recycles and Ollie Saves the Planet) 'Ollie's World' is the umbrella site for the suite of "Ollie" web sites, produced to support the "Ollie" Programs in various countries. 'Ollie's World' contains two sections - one for adults and one for kids. http://ollierecycles.com.au/index.html Save Energy at School save energy@school curriculum resources are designed to support primary and secondary teachers in developing teaching programs about energy and the environment. All materials have been linked to the Victorian Curriculum Standards Frameworks (CSF).
Drains to our Waterways - Melbourne Water an education kit
As part of its commitment to monitoring and improving the health of Melbourne's waterways, Melbourne Water's Drains to our Waterways education kit provides teachers with a comprehensive learning program on the impact of litter and pollution on our waterways. The kit comprises a 10-minute video and 64-page booklet full of easy-to-use exercises and stimulating interactive sessions. Melbourne Water