Quick summary: This lesson is designed to engage children with the wonders of the ocean, how we use it and how we experience it. Children are invited to make a little sea at their centre, and to think about what animals and objects might be found in their sea. This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.
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. 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.
EYLF Learning Outcome
Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment
Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners
1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
3. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies, and natural and processed materials
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
1. Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
3. Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media
- A half full bucket, tub or tray of water to use as the sea. Alternatively, you could create your sea in a sandpit, using a plastic sheet to line a hole in the sand, and then filling this hole with water to create a little sea.
- A range of toy animals suitable to get wet. Your selection should include both sea animals (such as a fish, shark, seastar, seahorse, etc.) and land animals (such as cows, birds, reptiles, etc). You should have at least one sea animal for each child.
- A range of sea related materials, such as sand, shells, seaweed and pebbles/rocks.
- A range of natural materials not normally found in the sea, such as sticks, leaves, bark, flowers and seeds and/or nuts.
- A variety of waste items, such as plastic lids, plastic bags, food wrappers, etc.
Unit of work: Blue The Film: Early Learning
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 would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.
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