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G5UOI: Sharing the Planet

A guide to the units of inquiry for G5 TK

Understanding the Earth's cycles can help us make more sustainable choices. 

Lines of Inquiry

1. Cycles on Earth (Function)

2. The distribution, demand, and use of natural resources (Connection)
3. Taking action for responsible use of natural resources (Responsibility)




Fracking resources / links:

Natural gas - Environmental aspects

Risks of fracking

The Frack Free Kimberley site explains what fracking is, and lists the impacts on the environment that the organisation is concerned about. Diagrams illustrate the process and the risks.

Natural gas - Environmental aspects

Fracking: what is it and how does it work

Read Newsround's guide to fracking, a technique used to capture a type of gas found deep underground in shale rock. A video explains the process, and why opinion is divided for and against it.

Natural gas - Environmental aspects

What is fracking and why is it controversial

Drilling companies suggest trillions of cubic feet of shale gas may be recoverable from underneath parts of northern England, through a process known as frackingA short BBC video explains the process. There is also a simple diagram on shale gas extraction.


Dr Peter Stone, of CSIRO, is interviewed about the known effects of coal seam gas on human health and the environment. Discussion includes discussion of fracking and the risk of contamination of water.


The US Energy Information Administration explains that there are environmental and safety issues associated with the production and use of natural gas, and includes the concerns about the process of fracking.

Energy resources - Environmental aspects


The Tiki site explains environmental energy issues in simple terms with topics on the problems with plastic, energy and fossil fuels, climate change, pollution, genetic engineering, fracking, and food supply. Sections of the site are suitable for an interactive whiteboard.

Oil Transportation and risks

Oil transportation and risks

Petroleum - Environmental aspects

Oil and water don't mix

Oil spills are looked at in detail for primary students.


Petroleum - Environmental aspects

Global maps of oil spills

From the United Nations, this site provides information about oil spills and proximity to sensitive environmental regions.


Mines and mineral resources - Environmental aspects

Mining impacts

Greenpeace argues that coal mining causes deforestation and releases toxic amounts of minerals and heavy metals into the soil and water. Coal mining's effects persist for years after coal is removed. Effect of human activity on habitat.

Energy resources - Environmental aspects

Fossil fuels

StudyJams presents a slideshow on how fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas and coal are created, what they are used for, and the problem of pollution. Students can test their knowledge afterwards with a quiz. Suitable for an interactive whiteboard.

Energy resources - Environmental aspects

Non-renewable energy

Non-renewable energy comes from sources that will eventually run out, such as oil and coal. National Geographic presents the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels and their effect on the environment. Effect of human activity on habitat.


Identify rock types game

This geology game helps students to learn about igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock types and includes: granite, basalt, obsidian, pumic, quartz, slate, schist, magnetite, marble, graphite, chalk, coal, sandstone, shale, limestone. Suitable for an interactive whiteboard.

Energy resources

Professor Quester's frequently asked questions

On this site Professor Quester answers learners' questions about energy. Topics on which questions have been asked and answered include fossil fuels, hydroelectric power, solar energy, nuclear energy, electricity and efficiency, renewable energy, wind energy, geothermal, tidal and sound energy and energy transportation.

Online resources TK