Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students will work in groups to make a short film which will enable them to answer the question; ‘What do humans have to do to live in harmony with the Earth?’

Learning goals:

  • Students understand how the Earth has changed, how it continues to change, and how humans impact on these changes.
  • Students focus on solutions to current environmental and social issues.
  • Student consolidate their communication and media skills.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 10 Science

  • Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere (ACSSU189)
  • Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS208)
Year 10 English
  • Analyse and evaluate how people, cultures, places, events, objects and concepts are represented in texts, including media texts, through language, structural and/or visual choices (ACELY1749)
Year 9 English
  • Use interaction skills to present and discuss an idea and to influence and engage an audience by selecting persuasive language, varying voice tone, pitch, and pace, and using elements such as music and sound effects (ACELY1811)
Year 9 Science
  • Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific languageconventions and representations(ACSIS174)

Syllabus outcomesSC5-9WS, SC5-12ESEN5-3B, EN5-8D.

Topic: The Earth Wins
 
Time required: 2 – 4 lessons
 
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and guide discussions.
 
Resources required: Access to student worksheet, equipment to make a movie (laptop, camera, iPhone, iMovie)
 
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
 
Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for homework.
 
Keywords: Earth, changes, development, population, humans, system, sustainability.

 

This lesson was created in collaboration with Helifilms to support learning from the film.

Would you like to bring your class to see The Earth Wins? It’s now available ‘on-demand’ to teachers across Australia. To register your interest, simply email [email protected], mention how many students you’re likely to bring and your ideal date/time for a screening. We’ll look into bringing THE EARTH WINS to a cinema close to you… wherever you may be in Australia.

 

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: In this activity students will work in groups to make a short film which will enable them to answer the question; 'What do humans have to do to live in harmony with the Earth?' They build their skills in media and communication.

Teacher content information: 

This activity draws on concepts and footage from the film; The Earth Wins. 

Click here to visit The Earth Wins website.

 

Student and classroom organisation:

Divide the students up into small groups. Students are to make a short film which will enable them to share their answers to the question:

'What do humans have to do to live in harmony with the Earth?' 

The film should include a song with lyrics which encapsulate not just their understandings but also their emotions in relation to the question.

The students may like to adopt the idea of using captions and music but no voice over (There was no voice over in THE EARTH WINS). 

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Student Worksheet

Film production

In small groups you will make a short film which will answer the question:

'What do humans have to do to live in harmony with the Earth?' 

This major assessment task will include:

  • Lyrics and music of the song
  • Preparation of a story board and shot list
  • Group dynamics
  • Filming techniques

Use the assessment rubric to help guide you.

 

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