Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students look at the ways that the Earth has changed over time, and in particular, some of the changes that have been caused by human. Students are asked to analyse three images from the movie The Earth Wins, and then identify the ways that changes in global human populations have affected and been affected by elements of the scenarios in these images. Students are then asked to think about how the development of the Earth affects the growth or decline in human population.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand how the Earth has changed, how it continues to change, and the causes of some of the changes.
  • Students recognise the relationship between the development of the Earth and human behaviour, including population growth.

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, ST3-11LW, ST3-9ES.

Topic: The Earth Wins

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and guide discussions

Resources required: Access to student worksheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension and homework.

Keywords: Earth, changes, development, population, humans.

 

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 look at the ways that the Earth has changed over time, and in particular, some of the changes that have been caused by human. Students are asked to analyse three images from the movie The Earth Wins, and then identify the ways that changes in global human populations have affected and been affected by elements of the scenarios in these images. Students are then asked to think about how the development of the Earth affects the growth or decline in human population.

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. Begin this activity by asking students to think about some major events in the history of the Earth that have caused large-scale and significant changes to the Earth. Suggested answers could include things like: climatic events like the ice age that wiped out t

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Student Worksheet

What do these three images tell us?

Look at these three images from the film; The Earth Wins.

1. The city - Cities cover large areas of the Earth.

 

2. The freeway - The invention of the internal combustion engine has brought about great change to the Earth.

 

3. Fuel tanks - The use of fossil fuels has brought about great change to the Earth.

 

What keywords do you associate with these three images? List 5 for each.

1.

 

2.

 

3.

 

Do you think these are positive or negative images of human influence on the Earth? Explain in 25 words or less for each image:

1.

 

2.

 

3.

 

What does this table tell us?

Population (in billions)

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Year

1804

1927

1960

1974

1987

1999

2012

2027

2046

Years elapsed between milestones

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123

33

14

13

12

13

15

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