Activity Introduction

Mirvac-building-5-heroNudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition teaching resources

These comprehensive units have been created to complement classroom learning in support of the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. Through a series of collaborative learning activities students build knowledge of resource use (water, waste, energy, materials) sustainable building design and sustainable building. Students are encouraged to apply their learning by creating their own short film to enter into the competition.

The resources align to the Australian Curriculum as well as the General Capabilities and the Cross-Curriculum Priorities.

Each lesson provides a clear and practical teaching approach, including comprehensive teacher advice and specific student resources required for use in the classroom. The lessons are designed to cater to a range of learning styles and abilities, and to be accessible for all students in your class. Digital elements such as apps and YouTube clips are used to inspire curiosity and engage students in these activities. The learning outcomes are designed to build knowledge, understanding, skills and values essential for all students to succeed in and beyond their schooling.

Advice for teachers

Although teachers are free to select lessons to complement their existing learning programs, it should be noted that these activities have been designed specifically to support students entering the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition and contain content that provides students with the knowledge required to fulfill the requirements of the competition.

The Foundation to Year 2 Unit uses a subject-specific approach to learning. For Foundation and Year 1 there are specific lessons for Geography. For year 2 there is a specific lesson for Science.  Each lesson builds skills and content knowledge specific to the individual requirements of the Australian Curriculum.

The Year 3 & 4 Unit uses a subject-specific approach to learning. For both year levels there are specific lessons for Geography. For year 2 there is a specific lesson for science.  Each lesson builds skills and content knowledge specific to the individual requirements of the Australian Curriculum.

The Year 5 & 6 Unit has a thematic approach to learning and teachers can follow the sequence of lessons as presented: these lessons build on each other and provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the four resources to be re-imagined (energy, waste, water and materials), how these resources apply to sustainable buildings and communities, as well as persuasive techniques useful for entering the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. The three Finding Out lessons use themes and scenes from the WALL-E movie to stimulate thoughts and ideas around sustainable futures, with particular emphasis on buildings and communities. From here students will be able to complete the ‘Make a short film and enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition‘ lesson. Teachers are responsible for entering student films into the competition.

The Secondary Unit uses a subject-specific approach to learning. There are specific lessons for Science, English, and Design & Technology teachers. Each lesson builds skills and content knowledge specific to the individual requirements of the Australian Curriculum. The structure involves two main parts. In the first part, students investigate definitions of sustainability and sustainable building design, and look at the four resources (energy, water, waste and materials) in depth. In the second part of the activity students apply their learning to re-imagine these resources in a future setting. From here students will be able to complete the ‘Make a short film and enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition‘ lesson. 

All teachers should set the scene by introducing the details of the competition at the beginning of the unit. Full details – including terms and conditions – of the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition can be found here: http://www.nudgebymirvac.com.au

About Mirvac

With more than 40 years’ experience in the Australian development and construction industry, Mirvac create, own, and manage a diverse portfolio of assets across the office, retail, industrial and residential sectors.

In January 2014, Mirvac launched its new sustainability strategy – This Changes Everything. The group recognised that while there was great substance behind its sustainability work, Mirvac needed to unify its initiatives, clarify the approach and set some clear goals.

As part of Mirvac’s commitment to educate one million people, they continue to take part in and create new initiatives.

In 2015 the inaugural Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition is being launched. To give our community a ‘nudge’ on Sustainability we are focusing this year’s competition on the theme “Re-imagining Resources.” Budding film-makers will be guided to produce and enter short films on the following focus areas: Water, Waste, Energy and Materials. The aim of the Film Competition is to Motivate, Engage and Educate and to lead our communities to a more sustainable lifestyle for future generations and for our planet: ‘Nudge a neighbour, change a behaviour’.

For more information about prizes and other competition details visit the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition website.

Worksheets

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Unit Structure

Foundation to Year 2

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Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition – Tuning In - Years F - 4 

Students will explore what is meant by the term 'natural resources' and will investigate why we need these resources and how we can use less. 

Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition – Foundation

Students think about their favourite nature places at their school and take a walk around the school yard recording natural features of interest or importance. Next they create a map of this walk incorporating features that can be found along the way, and then think about how to look after these features. 

Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition –  Year 1

Students investigate the differences between natural, managed and constructed features and places. They head outside into the school yard to identify natural, managed and constructed features, and mark t

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