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Who owns the apples?

Year Level(s) Years K-2 Years 3-6 Years 7-10
Subject Area(s) Science General Science Earth & Environmental Science
Topic(s) Environment Mining EnviroSmart
Resource Type Fact Sheet

The Minerals Council of Australia is acknowledged as the provider of this resource.

This is a lesson plan which focuses on the complexities of resource management and the associated decision-making. Students are asked to discuss how a number of apples should be used by the class. Various options are discussed, a consensus is attempted, and students reflect on the dynamics of the decision-making process.

Educational value statement

  • Provides information for teachers, such as lesson outcomes and requirement list.
  • Includes a detailed sequence of activities and discussion items for the lesson.
  • Provides a tangible example of the issues that arise in managing a limited resource in a community with diverse views.

Key learning objectives

  • Students understand that the Earth’s resources can be used in a variety of ways.
  • Students explain the importance of consensus in decisions regarding the management of resources
  • Students describe factors that can impede and facilitate decision-making.


  • Science Understanding: Earth and space sciences
  • Geographical knowledge and understanding: Environment

Australian Curriculum content statements
Science: ACSSU032 (2); ACSSU116 (7); ACSSU035 (2); ACSHE051 (3); ACSHE062 (4); ACSHE120 (7); ACSHE121 (7)

Who owns the apples

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