Activity Introduction

blue_jennifer_bird_1q4a2135_photoframeQuick summary: This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. Students investigate two Australian scientists who are working to protect marine species, and investigate what skills and knowledge might be needed by these scientists to perform their roles. Student will then investigate an Australian scientist of their choosing and create a poster or infographic to describe what this person does, what some of their tasks are, and some of their achievements. Finally, students are asked to imagine what they would do if they were a scientist helping our environment.

blue-white-logo-120pxBlue 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.

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand some of the ways that scientists can help our environment.
  • Students recognise some of the roles that scientists perform, and some of the skills and knowledge they require.

21st century skills:


Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 7 Science

  • Science knowledge can develop through collaboration across the disciplines of science and the contributions of people from a range of cultures (ACSHE223) 
  • Scientific knowledge has changed peoples’ understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available (ACSHE119)

Syllabus outcomes: SC4-17CW.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7, OI.9.

Relevant parts of Year 7 Science achievement standards: Students describe situations where scientific knowledge from different science disciplines has been used to solve a real-world problem. 

Topic: Blue The Film, Ocean Conservation, Water, Sustainability.

Unit of work: Blue The Film – Science – Year 7 & 8.

Time required: 120 mins +

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – lead students in discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Poster making materials or infographic software (i.e. Piktochart). Poster/Infographic Assessment Rubric.

Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation, shorebirds, turtles, Australian scientists, environment.

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


Teacher Worksheet

blue_christine_turtle_1q4a2418_photoframeTeacher preparation

Learning intentions: Students will understand how scientists work to help our ocean.

Success criteria: Students will...

  • Be able to analyse information and share their ideas with others.
  • Be able to conduct research.
  • Know what sorts of work scientists undertake to help our oceans.


Teacher content information: From space, our planet appears as a tiny blue dot in the vastness of the universe. No matter where you live on our blue planet – you’re connected to the sea.

But the seas are under threat. The industrialisation that has occurred in the oceans over the last century mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered.

By international standards, Australia is a marine conservation leader. It has the world’s largest coral reef, the best managed fisheries and potentially, the greate

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Would you like to be a scientist?

Who is helping our oceans?

Once you have watched the videos describing the roles of Jennifer and Christine, your teacher will break the class into groups and assign each group as either Jennifer or Christine. In your groups, complete the answers in the table relevant to your group.

Who is Jennifer Lavers?  (

The importance of marine turtles (


What does Jennifer do that helps us understand more about human impacts on the environment?
What are some of the tasks that Jennifer performs in her job?
How do these help her understand more about shorebirds?
How do these help her understand more about human impacts on our environment?
What did you find most interesting about what Jennifer does?
What did you find most interesting about what Jennifer says?


What does Christine do that helps us understand mo
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