Activity Introduction

nudge-cows-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 explore what is meant by the term ‘natural resources’ and will investigate why we need these resources and how we can use less. Students begin by thinking about the resources they have used each day just getting to school. They will then analyse a range of different resources using a ‘See, Think, Wonder’ thinking routine designed to make students think more deeply about where some of the things we use come from and how we can look after these resources. Finally, students are asked to reflect on the resources they use at school and make suggestions for using less.

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’.

Essential questions:

  • What is a natural resource?
  • Where do natural resources come from?
  • What are some of the natural resources that I use?
  • Why should we use fewer natural resources?
  • How could I use fewer natural resources?

21st century skills:

nudge tuning in skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

This lesson can be used with all the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum that relate to resources, the environment and the relationship between people and their environment. 

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2, OI.7.

Topic: Sustainability Film Competition, Sustainability.

Unit of work: Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition – Years F – 2 and Years 3 – 4.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium to high – lead students in discussion and ‘See, Think, Wonder’ routine (depending on age and ability).

Resources required: Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Natural resources images – may be printed or viewed on screen/whiteboard, materials for making posters or class mural.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Keywords: Natural resources, nature, environment, school, sustainability. 

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


Teacher Worksheet

nudge-cars-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will understand what natural resources are, where they come from, and will be able to identify a number of resources that they use personally. Students will also recognise why we should use fewer natural resources, and how we can use less.

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 information on the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition, including terms and

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