Quick summary: This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. Students examine and compare the respiratory systems of humans, sharks and marine turtles. They begin by working as a class to brainstorm what they already know about respiratory systems, and then investigate how human respiratory systems work. They then work in groups to investigate and compare the respiratory systems of a shark and a marine turtle and create an infographic or poster to share the results of their research. Finally students are asked to think about why having an understanding of body systems – such as respiratory systems – helps scientists to care for and protect animals.
Blue 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.
- Students will understand the function of respiratory systems.
- Students will understand the similarities and differences between the respiratory systems of humans, sharks and marine turtles.
- Students will recognise how an understanding of animal physiology helps scientists to protect animals.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 8 Science
- Multi-cellular organisms contain systems of organs carrying out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce (ACSSU150)
Syllabus outcomes: SC4-14LW.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.
Relevant parts of Year 8 Science achievement standards: Students analyse the relationship between structure and function at cell, organ and body system levels.
Topic: Blue The Film, Ocean Conservation, Biodiversity.
Unit of work: Blue The Film – Science – Year 7 & 8.
Time required: 140 mins +
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in guided discussion.
Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation, respiratory system, sharks, turtles, humans, ocean.
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