Activity Introduction

seal-the-loop-hero-2Quick summary: Students develop critical thinking skills by viewing a range of images and videos from marine waste campaigns. They will look at what methods these campaigns use to engage audiences and how successful they are. Working collaboratively students are then asked to create their own marine waste campaign video and image which they will present to the class.

Following this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to take part in Zoos Victoria’s Seal the Loop program. You’ll be joining other amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change.

 

Learning goals:

  • Students critically think about strategies used in environmental campaigns.
  • Students recognise tools for communicating meaning and message in campaigns.
  • Students understand some of the causes and effects of marine waste on marine environments.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 7 Science

  • Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human activity can affect these interactions (ACSSU112)
  • 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 (ACSHE120)

Year 7 Media Arts

  • Develop and refine media production skills to shape the technical and symbolic elements of images, sounds and text for a specific purpose and meaning (ACAMAM068)
  • Plan, structure and design media artworks that engage audiences (ACAMAM069)
  • Analyse how technical and symbolic elements are used in media artworks to create representations influenced by story, genre, values and points of view of particular audiences (ACAMAR071)

Year 8 Media Arts

  • Develop and refine media production skills to shape the technical and symbolic elements of images, sounds and text for a specific purpose and meaning (ACAMAM068)
  • Plan, structure and design media artworks that engage audiences (ACAMAM069)
  • Analyse how technical and symbolic elements are used in media artworks to create representations influenced by story, genre, values and points of view of particular audiences (ACAMAR071)

Syllabus OutcomesSC4-11PW, SC4-15LW.

Topic: Seal the Loop

Time required: 2 x 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and facilitate discussion.

Resources required: Student worksheets, internet access, desktop film making and editing programs.

Digital technology opportunities: Film making and editing, digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: Marine, waste, debris, campaign, image, video.

 

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

seal-the-loop-hero-4Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: In this activity students will identify strategies used in environmental campaigns and will recognise tools for communicating meaning and message in these campaigns. Finally, students will also understand some of the causes and effects of marine waste on marine environments.

Teacher content information: The impacts of marine waste on marine environments include -

  • Danger to animal life from ingestion:
    • Animals feed on plastics that fill them up but don't provide any nutrition, resulting in starvation; and
    • Animals feed on toxic waste, so toxic materials enter the food chain, causing illness and death.
  • Danger to animal life from entanglement (animals get trapped in marine waste);
  • Pollution of natural marine habitats; and
  • Water pollution

There are a number of organisations and agencies involved with marine waste, both cleaning it up and campaigning for keeping waste out of our oceans. However, the success of these organisati

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Do you think most marine waste comes from industry or households?

Part 1. Marine waste campaign analysis

Working in groups, look at these images and videos and answer the questions:

Image 1 - from NOAA (http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/)

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What do you think this image is saying about marine debris?

What elements or effects have been used to influence the meaning of this image?

 

Image 2 -  Surfrider Foundation (http://www.surfrider.org/)

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What do you think is the intention of this image?

Do you think this image successfully engages its audience? Why or why not?

 

Image 3 - Secretariat of the Pacific Community (http://www.spc.int/)

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What elements or effects have been used to influence the meaning of this image? 

Do you think this image successfully engages its audience? Why or why not?

 

Image 4 - The Marine Mammal Centre (http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/)

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What do you think is the intention of this image?

Do you think this image successfully eng

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