Quick summary: This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. Students investigate the differences between food webs and food chains, and examine how these visual tools help us to understand the health of the oceans. Students begin by defining a range of key terms related to food webs and food chains, and then analyse models to identify the flow of energy. Students will then test the fragility of a food web, seeing what happens when species within that food web are removed. Finally, students examine some of the ways humans impact marine environments, working in groups to create a poster that describes a food chain of a marine species under threat from human behaviours.
Blue is a feature documentary film charting the drastic decline in the health of our oceans. Blue changes the way we think about our liquid world and inspires the audience to action. 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. 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 understand the difference between a food web and a food chain.
- Students understand how each species in a food web is integral to the health of the whole web.
- Students recognise how food webs can be used to help us understand the health of marine environments.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 Science
- Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs (ACSSU112)
Syllabus outcomes: SC4-15LW.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.
Relevant parts of Year 7 Science achievement standards: Students predict the effect of human and environmental changes on interactions between organisms.
Topic: Blue The Film, Ocean Conservation, Water.
Unit of work: Blue The Film – Science – Year 7 & 8.
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 to the class. Food Chains and Food Webs Factsheet. Marine Food Web Factsheet. Marine Food Web – With Answers. Trophic Levels Factsheet. Antarctic Organisms Cards. Ball of string. Poster making materials.
Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation, food chains, food webs, marine organisms.
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.
© 2017 Northern Pictures and Cool Australia