Activity Introduction

nudge-vegetables-photoframeQuick 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 by first looking at examples of objects that are made from natural resources and activities that we do that depend on natural resources. They then explore how natural resources are used in the classroom. Finally, students are invited to differentiate resources as either renewable or non-renewable. This lesson can be followed with Sustainability Film Competition – Year 4 (Part 2).

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 are natural resources?
  • How do we use natural resources?
  • What natural resources do we use in the classroom?
  • What is the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources?

21st century skills:

nudge skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 4 Geography

  • The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)
  • Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI074) 

Syllabus outcomes: GE2-2, GE2-3, GE2-4.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7.

Relevant parts of Year 4 Geography achievement standards: Students identify the interconnections between components of the environment and between people and the environment. They locate and collect information and data from different sources.

Topic: Sustainability Film Competition, Sustainability.

Unit of work: Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition – Year 3 & 4

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – oversee activity, lead students in class discussions, and guide students through group work.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. How do we use natural resources? Resources in the classroom. One A3 piece of paper for each group to make a mind-map. Poster making materials. 

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities. Digital photography (optional).

Keywords: Natural, managed, constructed, features, places, natural resources, school.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

nudge-cars-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students understand what natural resources are and how we use them. They recognise how natural resources are used in the classroom and identify the places they are used. Finally, students understand the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources.

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 (https://youtu.be/UHajLI6O6H8)

The website has more information on the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition, includi

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Which natural resources do you use the most?

Investigating natural resources in the classroom

Use the following table to record your investigations into the resources used in your classroom. Some objects will contain more than one resource (for example, a table might have a wooden top and metal legs - where this happens, create a column for each resource and write the object as Table Top or Table Legs).

Resources in the classroom table

Object

Direct resources used

Other resources used

e.g. Water tap

Metal (minerals)

Energy for heating metal, transport

e.g. Table

Wood (trees)

Water and soil for growing trees, fuel for chopping down trees, energy for making table, fuel for transport

Reflection

Natural resources can be used as either renewable or non-renewable.

renewable and non-renewable resources

Think about the following natural resources and decide whether you think they are renewable or non-renewable. Justify your answers:

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