Activity Introduction

blue_christine_turtle_1q4a2418_photoframeQuick summary: In this social action lesson, students will become ocean guardians by taking action around the issue of plastic in the ocean. They will engage in an abridged version of the design thinking process to create their own turtle-friendly lunchbox. Students will work together to brainstorm ideas, then design their turtle-friendly lunch box that does not contain any throw away plastic. Students will then share this action with their families and encourage them to make change to their own lunch containers.

blue-white-logo-120pxBlue is a feature documentary film charting the drastic decline in the health of our oceans. With more than half of all marine life lost and the expansion of the industrialization of the seas, the film sets out the challenges we are facing and the opportunities for positive change. Blue changes the way we think about our liquid world and inspires the audience to action. Along with the film is an ambitious global campaign to create advocacy and behaviour change through the #oceanguardian movement. To watch the film and become an ocean guardian, see the website.

Learning intentions: 

  • Students will be introduced to social action.
  • Students will understand that they can contribute to something bigger than themselves.

21st century skills:

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Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Foundation HASS

  • Interpret data and information displayed in pictures and texts and on maps (ACHASSI007)
  • Draw simple conclusions based on discussions, observations and information displayed in pictures and texts and on maps (ACHASSI008)
  • Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant (ACHASSI009)

Year 1 HASS

  • Interpret data and information displayed in pictures and texts and on maps (ACHASSI024)
  • Draw simple conclusions based on discussions, observations and information displayed in pictures and texts and on maps (ACHASSI025)
  • Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant (ACHASSI026)

Year 2 HASS

  • Interpret data and information displayed in pictures and texts and on maps (ACHASSI040)
  • Draw simple conclusions based on discussions, observations and information displayed in pictures and texts and on maps (ACHASSI041)
  • Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant (ACHASSI042)

Foundation English

  • Deliver short oral presentations to peers (ACELY1647)

Year 1 English 

  • Make short presentations using some introduced text structures and language, for example opening statements (ACELY1657)

Year 2 English

  • Identify the audience of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts (ACELY1668)

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2, OI.3, OI.6.

Relevant parts of Year F-2 achievement standards: 

  • HASS Foundation: Students reflect on their learning to suggest ways they can care for a familiar place.
  • HASS Year 1: Students reflect on their learning to suggest ways they can care for places.
  • HASS Year 2: Students reflect on their learning to suggest ways to care for places and sites of significance.
  • English Foundation: In informal group and whole class settings, students communicate clearly.
  • English Year 1: They create short texts for a small range of purposes.
  • English Year 2: They use a variety of strategies to engage in group and class discussions and make presentations.

Topic: Blue The Film, Ocean Conservation.

Unit of work: Blue The Film: Inquiry – FoundationBlue The Film: Inquiry – Years 1 & 2.

Time required: 120 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in discussion and class activities, oversee group work.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website and video to the class. A Turtle’s Life presentation. A3 paper and textas. Cling wrap, freezer bag, baking paper, small plastic containers, paper straws and bamboo cutlery (examples of wrapping and containers used in lunch boxes could be collected from your colleagues’ lunch boxes). Turtle-Friendly Lunchbox template.

Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation, turtles, throw away plastic.

Cool Australia and Northern Pictures would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of GoodPitch² AustraliaShark Island InstituteDocumentary Australia FoundationThe Caledonia Foundation and Screen Australia in the development of these teaching resources.

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

© 2017 Northern Pictures and Cool Australia

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

blue_fish-swimming_untitled_1-583-1_photoframeTeacher preparation

Learning intentions: Students will learn about the impact our plastic usage has on turtles and to take action to prevent pollution.

Success criteria: Students will...

  • Be aware of the throw away plastic in our lunch boxes.
  • Be able to plan plastic free lunches and bring less plastic to school.
  • Be able to connect their action with the role of an ocean guardian.

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Teacher content information: From space, our planet appears as a tiny blue dot in the vastness of the universe. No matter where you live on our blue planet – you’re connected to the sea.

But the seas are under threat. The industrialisation that has occurred in the oceans over the last century mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered.

By international standards, Australia is a marine conservation leader. It has the w

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Did you know that turtles love to eat jellyfish?

Reflection

Imagine you are a turtle who is looking at your turtle-friendly lunchbox drawing. How do you feel when you look at it?

What did you do in this lesson that makes you an ocean guardian?

What are some other places at school where we could get rid of throw away plastic and use something else instead?

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