Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students prepare a plan for improving the Earth’s ability to win prior to seeing the movie The Earth Wins. They then update their plan after watching the film and create a presentation of their ideas and suggestions to share with the class.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise that the future health of the Earth requires human participation and action.
  • Students understand that they can take action to help our environment.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 5 Science

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE083)
  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE217)
  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS093)

Year 6 Science

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
  • Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface (ACSSU096)
  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE100)
  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220)
  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS110)

Syllabus OutcomesST3-7PW, ST3-6PW, ST3-4WS, ST3-10LW, ST3-11LWS, T3-9ES.

Topic: The Earth Wins

Time required: 60 mins – this activity requires additional time to watch the film; The Earth Wins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity

Resources required: Access to the film The Earth Wins, computer access.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Keywords: The Earth Wins, Earth, environment, action.

 

This lesson was created in collaboration with Helifilms to support learning from the film.

Would you like to bring your class to see The Earth Wins? It’s now available ‘on-demand’ to teachers across Australia. To register your interest, simply email [email protected], mention how many students you’re likely to bring and your ideal date/time for a screening. We’ll look into bringing The Earth Wins to a cinema close to you… wherever you may be in Australia.

 

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: In this activity students prepare a plan for improving the Earth's ability to win prior to seeing the movie The Earth Wins. They then update their plan after watching the film and create a presentation of their ideas and suggestions to share with the class.

Teacher content information: This activity draws on concepts and footage from the film; The Earth Wins. Click here to visit The Earth Wins website.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Before watching the film, ask students to think about the statement "The Earth Wins". Engage students in a discussion around this statement and what it means. Consider the following questions to guide your discussion:

  • What do you think this statement means?
  • What is the competition that the Earth should win?
  • Who are the other competitors?
  • How can the Earth win this competition?

Record student suggestions on the board.

Step 2. Break the class into groups and ask each group to outline a

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Student Worksheet

How can we help the Earth win?

Suggestions for the plan to help the Earth's ability to win. Think about the following:

 

1. What components of the Earth need help (e.g. water, biodiversity, atmosphere etc)?

 

2. How can these components be helped (i.e. what humans can do)?

 

3. What the desired outcomes will be (i.e. in what ways will the Earth be helped and how will things on Earth be improved)?

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