Quick summary: This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. Students investigate what types of plastics are found in a typical lunchbox. They explore how long these plastic items take to breakdown if they are not reused or recycled. Students are then asked to compare and contrast single use plastics to reusable plastic items. Finally, students take part in an eco-cooking demonstration by creating a Great Pacific Garbage Patch Soup, reflecting on the impact that plastics have on our oceans.
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 recognise the different types of plastics that are found in lunchboxes and where they may end up if they are not reused or recycled.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 3 Science
- Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)
Year 4 Science
- Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)
- Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use (ACSSU074)
Syllabus outcomes: ST2-11LW, ST2-13MW.
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2, OI.9.
Relevant parts of Year 3 Science achievement standards: Students describe how they can use science investigations to respond to questions.
Relevant parts of Year 4 Science achievement standards: Students apply the observable properties of materials to explain how objects and materials can be used. They identify when science is used to understand the effect of their actions.
Topic: Blue The Film, Ocean Conservation, Water.
Unit of work: Blue The Film: Inquiry – Years 3 & 4.
Time required: 80 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – lead activities and discussions.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Cut out small squares of recycled/scrap paper. Pens/pencils. Great Pacific Garbage Patch Soup – Instructions. You will also need:
- 10 – 12 different types of lunchbox items, including plastics wrappers (biscuit and chip packets), plastic cling wrap, straws, recyclable juice boxes, fruit (apple/banana) and a lunch box for the longest lunch demonstration. Put the objects into the lunchbox to represent a student lunchbox.
- Equipment needed for the eco cooking session: large bowl, wooden spoons, water, two pairs of scissors, plastic items, ladle and small bowls.
Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation, waste, plastic, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, degradation, recycling, reusing, Venn diagram.
Cool Australia and Northern Pictures would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of GoodPitch² Australia, Shark Island Institute, Documentary Australia Foundation, The 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.
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