Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students develop an appropriate communication product for a chosen audience. They explain to their audience five things they can do to reduce stormwater pollution.

Learning goals:

  • Students design a communication product suited to a chosen audience.
  • Students engage a chosen audience with a media they prefer.
  • Students distribute the communication product.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 7 Science

  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)
  • Water is an important resource that cycles through theenvironment(ACSSU222)

Year 7 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)

Year 8 Science

  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)
  • Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135)

Year 8 English

  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)

Syllabus OutcomesSC5-13ES, SC5-7WS, SC5-8WS, SC5-12ESEN5-2A

Topic: Water

Year levels: 7 and 8

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 30 mins

Learning areas addressed: Science, Geography, Civics and citizenship, ICT

Level of teacher scaffolding: Assist students choosing an appropriate media for their chosen audience and making sure it has some chance of being distributed, displayed etc.

Resources required: Computers, internet, writing or art materials.

Homework and extension opportunities: part of this activity could be assigned as homework.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation


Students use what they have learnt to create a communication product. There could be some easy opportunities for students to use a communication product, so this could guide their choice of audience and media.

If using the communication product is going to be too difficult then that aspect of the activity should be dropped.


Use the following steps as a guide for developing a communication project to help people reduce their stormwater pollution.

Step 1 – choose an audience (see below for example of audiences)

Step 2 – choose a media that:

  • Will engage your chosen audience
  • You can complete in the time given
  • Can be used (how will it be used, distributed, displayed etc to your audience will engage with it?)
  • You have the resources to make

Step 3 – Identify five things your audience can do to reduce stormwater pollution

Step 4 – How will you explain to the audience how to do the five actions?

Step 5 – Design your communication pr

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Student Worksheet

Student worksheet not required for this activity.

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