Quick Summary: This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. Students will understand how vast the world’s oceans are by exploring the big question: ‘How is the ocean a resource for life on our planet?’. Students investigate water through different classifications and comparisons before considering the importance of the role of the largest body of water on the planet – our oceans. They then consider how the ocean impacts their own lives.
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 be able to identify the role of the ocean as a valuable resource and be able to articulate how this affects their own lives.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 Geography Unit 1 Water in the World:
- Classification of environmental resources and the forms that water takes as a resource (ACHGK037)
Syllabus outcomes: GE4-3, GE4.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.2.
Relevant parts of Year 7 Geography achievement standards: Students explain interconnections between people and places and environments and describe how these interconnections change places and environments. Students record and represent data and the location and distribution of geographical phenomena in a range of forms.
Topic: Blue The Film, Ocean Conservation, Water.
Unit of work: Blue The Film – Geography – Year 7.
Time required: 100 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. Two copies of the Water Flashcards for the lesson. Tape (optional).
Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation.
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.
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