Activity Introduction

blue_lucas_standing_img_2139_photoframeQuick summary: This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. Students explore how the guardians from Blue use environmental knowledge in their jobs to help conserve our oceans. Students begin by analysing what is meant by ‘environmental knowledge’ and then work in groups to investigate the guardians. Students adopt a jigsaw approach to sharing what they have learnt about the guardian they investigated. Students are then asked to think about what sort of job they would like to do to help our oceans and what environmental knowledge this job would require. Finally, they are asked to think about what actions they can take right now to help our oceans.

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 how environmental knowledge is used in a range of occupations.
  • Students understand how the guardians from Blue use environmental knowledge.
  • Students recognise that we can all be guardians of the ocean and take action to protect oceans right now in our own lives.

21st century skills:


Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 8 Science

  • People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity (ACSHE136)
  • Scientific knowledge has changed peoples’ understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available (ACSHE134)

Syllabus outcomes: SC4-13ES.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

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

Relevant parts of Year 8 Science achievement standards: Students examine the different science knowledge used in occupations.

Topic: Blue The Film, Ocean Conservation, Sustainability.

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

Time required: 120 mins +

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity, lead students in discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Infographic software (e.g. Piktochart). Infographic Assessment Rubric.

Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation, guardians, environmental knowledge, jigsaw activity.

Cool Australia and Northern Pictures would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of GoodPitch² AustraliaShark Island InstituteDocumentary Australia FoundationThe 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_maddison_smiling_1q4a3218_photoframeTeacher preparation

Learning intention: Students will understand why environmental knowledge is important to a range of marine related occupations.

Success criteria: Students will...

  • Be able to participate in group discussion and synthesise and communicate their own ideas from discussions.
  • Be able to create an infographic.
  • Understand environmental knowledge.
  • Know how and why environmental knowledge is used in a range of marine related jobs.
  • Know some of the actions they can take right now 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 ve

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: How will you be a guardian of the ocean?

ocean guardians

In Blue The Film there are a number of guardians who speak out for the oceans. These guardians have a range of backgrounds but all work to preserve aspects of the ocean, and all need to incorporate environmental knowledge into their work.

Your teacher will now name each student in the class as 'one', 'two' or 'three'. You will then be asked to form groups of three (with each group being made up of a 'one', a 'two’ and a ‘three’). Your teacher will then assign each group with one of the following guardians:

  • Madison Stewart
  • Jennifer Lavers
  • Lucas Handley

In your groups you will need to:

  • Watch the relevant video (available below)
  • Undertake research to find out more about the role of your guardian 
  • Answer the questions below


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