Quick summary: This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. Students investigate Australia’s Marine Reserve system. They begin by identifying the benefits of marine reserves and then look at where Australia’s Marine Reserves are found and the different levels of protection these reserves offer. Student then participate in a role play activity that explores community values relating to the formation of a marine sanctuary. Finally, students discuss how marine reserve systems are crucial in protecting marine biodiversity for the future.
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. Find out how to screen or download the film here. Along with the film is an ambitious global campaign to create advocacy and behaviour change through the #oceanguardian movement. To become an ocean guardian, see the website.
- Students understand the role of people and science in the creation of Australia’s marine protected areas.
- They recognise how marine protected areas help marine biodiversity now and in the future.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 5 Science
- Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE083)
Year 6 Science
- Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE100)
Year 5 HASS
- Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and present (ACHASSI099)
Year 6 HASS
- Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and present (ACHASSI127)
Syllabus outcomes: ST3-7PW.
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3.
Relevant parts of Year 5 Science achievement standards: Students discuss how scientific developments have affected people’s lives, help us solve problems and how science knowledge develops from many people’s contributions.
Relevant parts of Year 6 Science achievement standards: Students explain how scientific knowledge helps us to solve problems and inform decisions and identify historical and cultural contributions.
Relevant parts of Year 5 HASS achievement standards: Students describe different views on how to respond to an issue or challenge.
Relevant parts of Year 6 HASS achievement standards: Students identify different perspectives in the past and present.
Topic: Blue The Film, Ocean Conservation, Water.
Unit of work: Blue The Film: Inquiry – Years 5 & 6.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activities and lead discussions.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Community Profiles. WWF – Marine Protected Areas – Infographic. Map of Australia’s Marine Reserves.
Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation, marine protected areas, reserves, sanctuaries, biodiversity, habitats, community, science.
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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