Sharing the planet

Inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Central Idea

Resources are not evenly produced and distributed.


Key Concepts:

Causation – why is it like it is?

Responsibility – what is our responsibility?


Lines of Inquiry:

– How resources are produced (causation)

– The effect of uneven distribution of resources (causation) (responsibility)

Related Concepts:

impact, resources, prejudice and fairness, rights


Teacher questions/provocations:

– What  impact does the distribution of resources have? What effect does it have locally and globally?

– What does finite and infinite mean?

– How are we responsible for our resources as a global village?

– How are we responsible for the production and distribution of resources?

Key Transdisciplinary Skills:

Thinking Skills –


– I look closely and carefully at knowledge or ideas so that I can see the important points and identify issues;

– I see relationships between ideas and information presented in a range of places;

– I find unique features in ideas or information;

– I separate ideas and information into groups according to categories or themes.

Social Skills

– I accept responsibility for myself and my actions;

– I respect others, their needs and their differences.

Communication Skills

– I listen carefully to the explanations, ideas and suggestions of others;

– I read a wide range of texts to identify the main idea and summarise the key points;

– I write for different purposes and different audiences;

– I view a wide range of texts and identify the main ideas. 

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