Lessons and Units

Everything you need to bring cotton into your classroom curriculum. This page is segmented into resources for Infants and Primary, Middle Years, and Senior Secondary.

INFANTS AND PRIMARY

Farm diaries
Who: Foundation
What: This lesson encourages students to examine mathematical concepts of time and days of the week by exploring the daily needs of animals and crops on farms. They explore what farm families are doing to care for the animals and crops that are grown, raised and processed for food and fibre.
Australian Curriculum: Design and Technology, Science, Geography, History, Maths, Sustainability OI.2 and OI.7
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia


 

Out and about on farms
Who: Foundation
What: This unit has five enquiry teaching sequences about places where different foods and fibres are produced in Australia; the features of these places; what makes them special and how they are cared for.
Australian Curriculum: Design and Technology, Geography, Sustainability OI.2 and OI.7
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia


 

Introduction to Cotton (K-2)

Who: K-2
What: This lesson is a great introduction to cotton from growth to end product with least emphasis on spinning and weaving. This lesson looks at how the cotton plant grows, the needs of the plant (e.g. sunlight, water, nutrients) and helps students understand how their daily needs are being met.
Australian Curriculum: This lesson helps identify how people design and produce familiar products and consider sustainability to meet personal and community needs. It allows students to explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how clothing is created sustainably for year 2 design and technologies. It also helps students understand how living things grown, change and have offspring in a variety of ways in the biological sciences whilst enabling students to understand the connections of people in Australia to other places in Australia and the world in geography.
Publisher: Cotton Australia
 

A year on a farm
Who: Year 1
What: This lesson encourages students to examine mathematical concepts of time and duration using months, weeks and days of the week by exploring the tasks undertaken on farms. Students explore the things that farmers do in caring for the crops and animals that are grown, raised and processed for food and fibres.
Australian Curriculum: Design and Technology, Science, Geography, History, Maths, Sustainability OI.2 and OI.7
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia


 

Farms have distinctive features
Who: Year 1
What: These lessons develop the concept of place through studies of what farms are like and how their features have changed. Students learn that farms can have natural, managed and constructed environmental features, and range from those that are largely natural to those with largely constructed features.
Australian Curriculum: Design and Technology, Geography, Sustainability OI.2 and OI.7
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia

 


 

Watch it Grow
Who: Year 2
What: This unit is designed to integrate into the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) Primary Connections Unit ‘Watch it Grow’ however, instead of using the mealy worm, some of the AAS lessons can be replaced seamlessly with the linked lessons which focus on the growth and development of one of cotton’s pest insects – the helicoverpa starting with the eggs, larvae, pupae and moth. Details for how to obtain a growing kit are contained within the unit.
This is a valuable resource for the study of how living things grow, change and have offspring, in year 2 science, biological sciences. It is particularly relevant for exploring different characteristics of life changes in a pest insect affecting the production and growing of cotton.
Australian Curriculum: This is a valuable resource for the study of how living things grow, change and have offspring, in year 2 science, biological sciences. It is particularly relevant for exploring different characteristics of life changes in a pest insect affecting the production and growing of cotton.
Author: Dianne Fullelove, Gateway Schools to Agribusiness South Region Coordinator and Sally Bidstrup, cotton grower




Farms and people’s connections to them
Who: Year 2
What: This lesson develops students’ understanding of place as they learn that places may be defined differently by diverse groups of people. Students discover more about different products, foods, clothes and toys used and where the primary resources for them are found, grown or manufactured.
Australian Curriculum: Design and Technology, Geography, Sustainability OI.2 and OI.7
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia



 

Investigating food and fibres
Who: Years 3 & 4
What: Students investigate how some foods and fibres are produced. It includes sections on foods and fibres we use; how food and fibre are obtained; their production systems; and technologies and processes used to assist in their production and the contributions they make to societies.
Australian Curriculum: Design and Technology, Science, Geography, History, Sustainability OI.2 and OI.3
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia




Discovering past methods of food and fibre production
Who: Years 3, 4 & 5
What: This lesson helps teachers and primary school students to explore some of the historical understandings about geographical factors that shape the characteristics of places, the influence of natural and human factors on food and fibre production and how primary producers are adapting to the changing conditions they face.
Australian Curriculum: Geography, History, Sustainability OI.2, OI.3 and OI.5
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia

 

 

Cotton in the Wardrobe
Who: Year 4
What: This is a teacher guide for a unit of work designed for year 4 students that provides activities about fibres used in clothing, with a focus on cotton. The activities include investigating clothing labels to collect data about fibres used in clothes; classifying the data and representing it as a graph; displaying the most common types of clothing and fibres as a 'typical' outfit on paper cutouts; representing the proportions of fibres used for clothing; answering questions relating to a video about cotton production in Australia; exploring the dimensions of a standard cotton bale; and graphing the number and type of products that can be produced from one bale. The resource provides links to useful resources.
Australian Curriculum: Geography (Geographical knowledge and understanding), Mathematics (Measurement and geometry, Statistics and probability, Technology (Design and technologies)
Author: The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc.
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Finding farms
Who: Year 5
What: This lesson encourages students to examine maps with grid references about five primary industry sectors that produce food and fibres and the natural or managed environments in which the food and fibres are grown.
Australian Curriculum: Design and Technology, Science, Geography, History, Maths, Sustainability OI.2, OI.3, OI.5, OI.7 and OI.8
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia


 

Introduction to Cotton (3-6)

Who: 3-6
What: This lesson is a great introduction to cotton from growth to end product with least emphasis on spinning and weaving. The lesson touches on how the natural environment has been modified to suit our needs (e.g.land cleared, channels dug to divert water, laser levelling), environmentally friendly practices (e.g. water use recycling) and the end use for a variety of cotton products. There are worksheets and extension activities.
Australian Curriculum: Design and Technology, Geography, Science
Publisher: Cotton Australia
 

Investigating technologies in agriculture
Who: Years 5 & 6
What: This unit includes information on five primary industries in Australia and the role of technology in producing food and fibre. It then challenges students to think critically in researching a model or design that could assist with the production of food and fibre.
Australian Curriculum: Design and Technology
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia




 

Exploring sustainable practices in food and fibre production
Who: Years 5 & 6
What: This unit facilitates a group task for students to investigate a range of primary industries that produce food and fibres in Australia and the sustainable management practices they use.
Australian Curriculum: Design and Technology, Science, Geography, Sustainability OI.2, OI.3, OI.7 and OI.8
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia

 


 

MIDDLE YEARS

Using water sustainably through science
Who: Year 7
What: In this unit, students are encouraged to: consider the competing needs for limited water resources, explore and compare the embedded water required to produce food and fibre products, examine the role of science and technology within the Bureau of Meteorology and how BOM’s information helps decisions dealing with water management, investigate the role of science and technology in improving our capacity to manage water, explain and evaluate the best methods for making the best use of water resources to meet the needs of residents, agricultural industry and the environment, use their learning to produce a poster about best water use practice to help to meet the needs of residents, agricultural industry and the environment and explore the skills and across disciplines of people who work in the water resources area.
Australian Curriculum: Science ACSHE120, ACSHE224
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia
 

The development of farming in Ancient Societies and the Technologies used in Food and Fibre Production

Who: Years 7
What: Students gain an understanding of the contribution of farming in the move from a nomadic lifestyle to permanent settlements and the role technology played in influencing this change. They learn to order farm practices chronologically both in Ancient Societies and Australia.
Australian Curriculum: History
Publisher: Agrifood Skills Australia



Investigating key Australian fibre production practices in the cotton, timber and wool sectors
Who: Years 7 & 8
What: This lesson includes sections on fibre production: what it is, what it comprises, what it affects, its potential impacts on living things in a variety of ecosystems and who and what produces fibre products for domestic and international markets.
Australian Curriculum: Science, Geography, Sustainability OI.2, OI.3, OI.4, OI.6 and OI.8
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia


 

Using technology and design in agriculture. Is there an app. for that?
Who:
Years 7 & 8
What: This unit gives students insight into the factors that have influenced design, technology and innovation in improving agricultural methods.
Australian Curriculum:
Design and Technology
Publisher: Agrifood Skills Australia







Water Waste Not Want Not
Who: Year 7 or 8
KLA: Science (year 7), Agriculture (year 8), Geography or Sustainability
What: This unit of 9 X 40 minute lessons provides opportunities for students to learn about the water cycle, local water storage, water harvesting and movement, the effects of ground covers, the relationship between water and cotton, the layout and function of irrigated farms, how water is collected, transported, accessed, used and saved and developments in sustainable water use and management. It is based on the five Es.
Author: Dianne Fullelove, Gateway Schools to Agribusiness South Region Coordinator and Sally Bidstrup, Cotton Grower



Multiplying by dividing

Who: Year 8
What: This unit of 20 X 40 minute lessons looks at plant reproduction using the cotton plant as an exemplar. It is aligned to the Australian Curriculum. It looks at how plants and animals reproduce, plant and animal cell structures and how they differ, the parts of flowers, fruit, seeds and cotton plants, investgating conditions for growth, how to engineer cotton, views of gene technology. It is based on the five E's.
Australian Curriculum: This is a valuable resource for exploring multi-cellular organisms in the year 8 science curriculum. It is particularly relevant for the content descriptions about organisms containing systems of organs that carry out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce.
Author: Dianne Fullelove, Gateway Schools to Agribusiness South Region Coordinator and Sally Bidstrup, Cotton Grower"

 

Navigating primary industries in to the 21st Century
Who: Year 9
What: This is an online unit developed with a learning sequence about the environmental, economic and technological factors that influence crop yields in Australia and across the world. The resource is designed with learning experiences. This is to provide teachers with content to cover over timeframe that is flexible to your classroom and school set-up.
Australian Curriculum: Geography ACHGK062, ACHGS063 Sustainability OI 7, OI.8
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia

 

Biomes that produce our food, industrial materials and fibre

Who: Year 9
What: This lesson provides insight into how humans have altered biomes to produce food, industrial materials and fibres and the environmental effects of these alterations.
Australian Curriculum: Geography, Sustainability OI.2, OI.3, OI.5, OI.7 and OI.8
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia




 

Agricultural innovation in Australia
Who: Year 9
What: Through this unit, students can explore some of the historical and contemporary innovations and farming practices that have made Australian farmers among the best in the world. They can also consider the agricultural use of the land in a variety of locations, highlighting the importance of good farming practice to maintain sustainable production.
Australian Curriculum: This is a valuable unit which addresses the the Australian Curriculum Geography content description: The environmental, economic and technological factors that influence crop yields in Australia and across the world (ACHGK062). It also addresses content description is English, Mathematics, Science and History. Explicit links may be found in the unit.
Publisher: This unit is published on Geogspace. The Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) was supported by the resources of Education Services Australia (ESA) to develop this resource.

 

Insect Resistant Cotton
Who: Years 9 & 10. The resource contains useful learning content for years 11 and 12 biological sciences
What: The Biotechnology Online site provides balanced factual information about biotechnology and includes informational text, case studies, online and off-line activities for students, and notes for teachers. Although now quite dated, some of the resources are still valuable.
Australian Curriculum: Science ACSHE160, ACSHE194, ACSSU150, Sustainability OI.8
State and Territory syllabuses: Click here
Publisher: Biotechnology Australia 2001

 

Determining the probability of good day for sowing cotton
Who: Year 10
What: This series of online activities encourages critical thinking and an understanding of conditional probability when used to determine the probability of a farmer being able to sow a cotton crop within an optimum time frame, based on real historical soil and air temperature data. This activity also teaches the use of spreadsheet commands for conditionally formatting data.
Australian Curriculum: Maths ACMSP247
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia



Breeding a sustainable future
Who: Year 10
What: This is an online unit developed with a learning sequence to look at two connected streams of science. Firstly, the development of practices in agriculture to improve yields and sustainability, and secondly, to understand the connections of science through disciplines, including the role of reproductive technologies in the primary industries – allowing a focus on cotton and biotechnologies.
Australian Curriculum: Science ACSHE136, ACSHE226, ACSHE160
Publisher: Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia



Agriculture in a changing climate
Who: Upper Primary and Middle School Years
What: An innovative unit of work that combines the latest in environmental science with education in sustainability. Over the course of this unit, students will develop an understanding of some of the likely implications of climate change on major agricultural industries in Australia.
Australian Curriculum: Science, Geography, Technologies, English
Publisher/ Author: CSIRO



 

SENIOR

The organic chemistry behind crop control
Who: Stage 6
KLA: Chemistry
What: In this activity you will learn the chemistry behind cotton crop pest control in transgenic and conventional cotton crops
Publisher: PICSE





 

Research case study - the resistance to Vip3Aa in Helicoverpa species in cotton
Who: Year 11 and 12 HSC Agriculture
What: This research case study (PDF and Word) allows HSC students and teachers of stage 6 agriculture to  analyse a research study of the development and/or implementation of one agricultural biotechnology in terms of: design of the study, methodology of the study, collection of data for the study, presentation of data, analysis of the data , conclusions and recommendations. It is useful for the Farming for the 21st century Elective 1 research study on the implementation of an agricultural biotechnology.
Author: copyright ©2016 by Greg McAlpin under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

 

Research case study -  A Comparison of Arthropod Communities in Transgenic Bt and Conventional Cotton in Australia
Who: Year 11 and 12 HSC Ag
What: This research case study (PDF) allows HSC students and teachers of stage 6 agriculture to  analyse a research study of the development and/or implementation of one agricultural biotechnology in terms of: design of the study, methodology of the study, collection of data for the study, presentation of data, analysis of the data , conclusions and recommendations. It is useful for the Farming for the 21st century Elective 1 research study on the implement.
NSW Syllabus: Agriculture Stage 6 syllabus H 4.1 Applies appropriate experimental techniques, technologies, research methods, data presentation and analysis in relation to agricultural problems and situations.
Author: This was written by Cotton Australia in 2013 for schools . The original research upon which this is based is by Louise Lawrence, Mary Whitehouse, Lewis Wilson and Gary Fitt and published in Outlooks on Pest Management in October, 2005. The article is reproduced in this document by permission of Research Information Ltd. See website www.pestoutlook.com