Ready-to-go lesson plans, worksheets, videos, activities and other resources
Note: External links provided on this site are for your information and convenience only, and do not indicate an endorsement by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. It is recommended you check for relevance, accuracy and appropriateness before using in your classroom or school.
General Resource Links
ConnectEd Kids 'Waste Warriors' E-learning platform
This free digital waste education platform is a part of Port Macquarie-Hastings’ Waste Education program can be run as a fully self-directed learning activity for students in upper primary and high school, or used as a resource for you to curate teacher-led waste education lessons or programs. The first module ‘Get Which Bin Wise’ focuses on teaching students the importance of sorting waste into the correct bins, and what doesn’t belong in any of our household bins. New modules on waste reduction, food waste, and circular economy coming in 2022.
What Happens to Stuff in my Yellow Bin
It’s important to put the right items in your recycling bin. The process behind what happens to your recycling bin when it’s taken away is shown in this entertaining educational video.
What Happens to waste in my Green Bin?
What happens to the stuff in your green bin once it gets collected? Let the Hastings family show you how your green bin waste is turned into compost.
Other Waste Education Resources
Sustainable Schools NSW
Sustainable Schools NSW aims to connect environmental educators with relevant resources, interactive lessons and a like-minded community to help spread the important message of sustainability to future generations.
Sustainable Schools is managed by the Australian Association for Environmental Education NSW
The Circular Classroom
The Circular Classroom is a free interactive educational toolkit for upper secondary high school educators and students to integrate circular thinking into the classroom. Designed by Dr. Leyla Acaroglu in consultation with upper secondary Finnish educators and students, this program supports the active discovery of the necessary thinking and doing tools for a future career in the Circular Economy.
ConnectEd Kids 'Water Whiz' E-learning platform!
Find fun activities and resources to help you learn about why our water is precious and how you can play your part in making every drop count, so that together, we can make sure we have enough clean water now and into our future!
'After the Drain' Animated Picture Book
Help your students learn what happens after they flush the toilet with this fun, animated and narrated picture book.
Waste Water Self-Guided Tour
Take a self-guided virtual tour by visiting our interactive Lake Cathie/Bonny Hills wastewater virtual map.
Video & Virtual Tour Links
Kooloonbung Creek Flying Fox Camp - 360 Interactive Video
A 360 interactive video experience of the Flying Fox camp at Kooloonbung Creek Flying Fox Camp. Try viewing it with a VR headset for an immersive birds eye view of the flying foxes at rest.
Stormwater Management & Maintenance Talk
Senior stormwater engineer, Mark Edenborough, discusses how we manage and maintain our stormwater facilities, technological developments, best practice systems.
Other Environment Education Resources
Koala Smart - Koala Conservation education program
A free project based learning program designed to inspire, motivate and educate primary and secondary school children to actively participate and create change to reverse the decline in koala populations using design thinking and advocacy.
FrogID - Citizen Science
An initiative of the Australian Museum, FrogID is a national citizen science project that is helping us learn more about what is happening to Australia’s frogs. the website provides a wide range of free, curriculum-mapped teaching resources, and hosts a leaderboard for schools participating in this Citizen Science project.
FeralScan app - Pest Mapping Citizen Science
Best suited for: Upper Primary and Secondary School
Powered by the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, the Feral Scan app allows users to record pest animal activity in your local area to protect farms, biodiversity and communities. N.B: this project can be confronting for students. Please consider whether it is suitable for your class.
NSW WeedWise App - Weed Biosecurity
Best suited for: Upper Primary and Secondary School
Weed biosecurity is important to protect our environment. This app is a wonderful interactive learning resource to help students identify a weed by its physical description and image gallery, and find out about its impacts, where it occurs, how it spreads and its preferred habitat. A video on how to use the app can be found on the Reporting Weeds page of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council website.
CoastSnap App - Coastal Management Citizen Science
Best suited for: All age groups
CoastSnap is a low-cost method for mapping shoreline change using smartphone images collected by the community and uploaded to social media platforms. This app can be incorporated into a specific school excursion to our coastline or used during school sport beach walk electives. The app is also referenced in one of the adventures of our Little Legends Passport activity booklet for early Primary students. A downloadable copy of this is available on ConnectEd Kids.
Road Safety & Transport Education
Safety Town is a road safety education resource for teachers, students and families. It provides a variety of interactive learning activities for students from Kindergarten to Year 6. Teachers are provided with comprehensive teaching notes to support the use of the interactive activities, and support learning as part of PDHPE, English and Mathematics.
The program is funded by the Centre for Road Safety, Transport for NSW. It is a partnership with the Association of Independent Schools, Catholic Education Commission, Department of Education, and Kids and Traffic Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program.
Little Blue Dinasour
The Little Blue Dinosaur is developing activities and programs for schools to educate their students about pedestrian roadway safety at home and on holidays.
These resources target children’s limited cognitive abilities in an appealing and interactive manner.