Quick summary: This lesson is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. Students explore what natural resources are and how we use them. They explore the natural resources in their classroom and around the school yard, and create a picture graph with the information they collect. Finally they are asked to consider why we need natural resources and how our lives would be different if some of the resources we commonly used were to run out. Based on this, students are asked to think of actions their school could take to look after natural resources.
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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’.
- What is a natural resource?
- How do we use natural resources?
- What natural resources can we find in the classroom and around the school yard?
- Why are natural resources important?
- Why should we look after natural resources?
- What can we do to look after natural resources in our school?
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 2 Science
- Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)
- People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)
Syllabus outcomes: ST1-9ES.
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7.
Relevant parts of Year 2 Science achievement standards: Students identify that certain materials and resources have different uses.
Topic: Sustainability Film Competition, Sustainability.
Unit of work: Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition – F to 2.
Time required: 180+ mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – oversee activity, lead students in class discussions, and guide students through group work.
Resources required: Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Natural resources Flashcards. Picture graph. Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Clipboards and paper for drawing and cameras/tablets for taking photos. Poster making materials.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital photography (optional).
Keywords: Natural resources, school, nature, environment, sustainability.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.