Activity Introduction

palm oil diggerQuick summary: Students explore the production and use of palm oil by watching and responding to a video. They then undertake a structured inquiry into some of the key questions about palm oil. Students analyse persuasive techniques used in the video and think about language conventions used to deliver certain messages. Students are then asked to research the answers to four questions; two that they choose from a provided list and two that they have to create themselves. Finally, students will share what they know with other students by participating in an Inside/Outside Circle activity.

WWF-Logo-small1This lesson has been developed in partnership with WWF-Australia. WWF has been working to promote the transition away from conventional palm oil production to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil that conserves forests, protects species, and secures livelihoods.

 

 

Essential questions:

  • What are the key issues relating to palm oil and production?
  • What is the relationship between palm oil consumption and the environment?
  • What is my role as a consumer of palm oil and why do I have to make choices about buying products containing palm oil?
  • How can I use my consumer power to affect positive change with regards to palm oil?
  • How can I use the Internet to help me find out more about palm oil production and consumption?

21st Century skills:

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Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 5 HASS

  • Types of resources (natural, human, capital) and the ways societies use them to satisfy the needs and wants of present and future generations (ACHASSK120)
  • Influences on consumer choices and methods that can be used to help make informed personal consumer and financial choices (ACHASSK121)
  • Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI094)
  • Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources (ACHASSI095)
  • Examine primary and secondary sources to determine their origin and purpose (ACHASSI098)

Year 5 English

  • Identify and explain characteristic text structures and language features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the text (ACELY1701)

Year 6 HASS

  • The effect that consumer and financial decisions can have on the individual, the broader community and the environment (ACHASSK150)
  • How the concept of opportunity cost involves choices about the alternative use of resources and the need to consider trade-offs (ACHASSK149)
  • Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI122)
  • Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources (ACHASSI123)
  • Examine primary and secondary sources to determine their origin and purpose (ACHASSI126)

Year 6 English

  • Analyse how text structures and language features work together to meet the purpose of a text (ACELY1711)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, ICT Capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.5, OI.6, OI.7.

Relevant part of the Year 5 HASS achievement standards:

Students identify and describe the interconnections between people and the human and environmental characteristics of places, and the effects of these interconnections on the characteristics of places and environments. They develop questions for an investigation and locate and collect data and information from a range of sources to answer inquiry questions, and examine these sources to determine their purpose.

Relevant part of the Year 6 HASS achievement standards:

Students recognise why choices about the allocation of resources involve trade-offs and understand why it is important to be informed when making consumer and financial decisions. They develop appropriate questions to frame an investigation and locate and collect useful data and information from primary and secondary sources, examining these sources to determine their origin and purpose.

Syllabus Outcomes: EN3-5B.

Topic: Sustainable Palm Oil, Consumption.

Unit of lessons: Sustainable Palm Oil.

Time required: 60+ mins (extra time may be needed to complete homework PRIOR to this lesson).

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – oversee activities and lead students in discussions.

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.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Keywords: Palm oil, consumption.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

palm kernels2Teacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will understand the range of issues relating to palm oil and consumption, including how palm oil is used in everyday products, the social and environmental impacts of palm oil production, and the need to consider the small-scale producers of palm oil. Students will also investigate persuasive techniques and how these can be applied to palm oil and consumption.

Teacher content information: Palm oil is an edible oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees (Elaeis guineensis). It is a highly versatile oil, used as an ingredient in many foods, cosmetics and cleaning products that you find in your supermarket.

Palm oil production and consumption continues to grow: globally we now use over 50 million tonnes per year and this figure is expected to grow by another 50% by 2050. This growing global demand for palm oil has driven development of vast plantations in key growing countries in South East Asia, as well as in emerging areas

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: When did you last eat palm oil?

Persuasive techniques - preparation activity

View the presentation and answer the following question:

What are the three types of persuasive techniques listed in this presentation?

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Peel back the layer - inquiry

You will now dig deeper into palm oil by researching the answers to four questions. You should choose two questions from the list provided below and create two of your own questions on the topic of palm oil to research and answer. Add your questions to the table below and complete the table.

Pick TWO of these:

  • What is palm oil, where is it grown and how is it grown?
  • How does growing palm oil affect animals?
  • How does growing palm oil affect local people?
  • What types of products is palm oil used in?
  • How do you know if your product has palm oil in it?
  • Why is palm oil a popular oil?
  • What are the benefits of palm oil?

Remember to keep it REAL when researching your answers:

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