Activity Introduction

little-scientists-shadows-photoframeQuick summary: This lesson is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. Students will investigate the human impact on the Earth and look at what could happen in the future if we continue to use resources in the same way. They then explore some of the scenes in the film WALL-E (which is set in the future) and reflect on the implications of our actions as portrayed in the film. Finally, students will compare and contrast the Earth as it is now to how it could be in the future.

Activity developed in partnership with Nudge_bymirvac

This lesson is part of the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition unit. The Competition encourages young people (up to 18 years) to make a short film aimed at giving our community a ‘nudge’ on sustainability: ‘Nudge a neighbour, change a behaviour’. This year’s competition is focused on the theme “Re-imagining Resources”.

Learning goals:

  • To investigate the affects of human impact on the planet.
  • To compare and contrast the Earth as it is now to how it could be in the future.
  • To build skills in critical and creative thinking and apply their knowledge to future scenarios.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.6., OI.8.

Year 5 Economics and Business

  • Types of resources (natural, human, capital) and the ways societies use them in order to satisfy the needs and wants of present and future generations (ACHEK002).

Year 5 English

  • Understand the use of vocabulary to express greater precision of meaning, and know that words can have different meanings in different contexts (ACELA1512).
  • Use comprehension strategies to analyse information, integrating and linking ideas from a variety of print and digital sources (ACELY1703).
  • Identify aspects of literary texts that convey details or information about particular social, cultural and historical contexts (ACELT1608).

Year 5 Science

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043).

Year 6 Economics and Business

  • How the concept of opportunity cost involves choices about the alternative use of resources and the need to consider trade-offs (ACHEK009).

Year 6 English

  • Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions (ACELY1709).
  • Use interaction skills, varying conventions of spoken interactions such as voice volume, tone, pitch and pace, according to group size, formality of interaction and needs and expertise of the audience (ACELY1816).

Year 6 Science

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094).

Topic: Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition, Sustainability.

Time required: 60-90 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – teacher to model and help with higher order questions.

Resources required: WALL-E synopsis, Copy of WALL-E film (most school libraries own a copy of the film, otherwise download it from iTunes here), Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Watch all of the WALL-E Film.

Keywords: Mirvac, human impact, Earth, resources, water, waste, energy, materials, renewable, sustainability.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum. This lesson uses the WALL-E film as a learning stimulus only and is not formally associated with Pixar. 


Teacher Worksheet

sunset-heroTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will watch the film WALL-E (or read the synopsis) as a provocation for learning. Through the story of WALL-E they will investigate the human impact on the Earth and look at what could happen in the future if we don’t re-imagine how resources are used. Students will think about how we use resources in our everyday lives.

Teacher content information: The Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition has been created to give communities a 'nudge' on sustainability. This year’s film competition has a focus on the theme “Re-imagining Resources” and budding film makers will be asked to create and enter short films on the following focus areas: Water, Waste, Energy and Materials. The aim of the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition is to encourage behaviour change around sustainability: 'Nudge a neighbour, change a behaviour'.

Nudge by Mirvac - 2015 Winners (

The website has more informa

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What do you think the world will look like in 700 years?

Official WALL-E Trailer (

Share with your classmates your thoughts to the following questions:

  • What do you see?
  • What does it make you think?
  • What does it make you wonder?

Write the questions your group answered and summarise your answers below:

Question 1.


Question 2.


Question 3.



Watch the clip below and think about one resource that you use at home or school and how you could use it in a different way.

Mirvac 'This Changes Everything' (


Resource I use at home or school:

How I could use it differently:

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