Activity Introduction

blue_turtle-light_slp_0054-copy-2_photoframeQuick summary: This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. Students are introduced to the topics of the unit by exploring how they feel about the ocean and some of the animals that live there. Students are then asked to consider what life in the ocean is like, and investigate the concept that without BLUE (the ocean) there is no GREEN (the land). Students respond to this concept by developing their own creative piece to inspire others to connect to the ocean. 

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. 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.

Learning intention:

  • Students understand that the health of life on land is dependent upon healthy oceans.

21st century skills:

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Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 5 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704)

Year 6 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714)

Year 5 Science

  • Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE083)

Year 6 Science

  • Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE100)

Syllabus outcomes: EN3-2A, ST3-7PW.

General capabilities: Critical and creative Thinking, Literacy.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1.

Relevant parts of Year 5 English achievement standards: Students create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts for different purposes and audiences.

Relevant parts of Year 6 English achievement standards: Students create detailed texts elaborating on key ideas for a range of purposes and audiences.

Relevant parts of Year 5 Science achievement standards: Students discuss how scientific developments help us solve problems. 

Relevant parts of Year 6 Science achievement standards: Students explain how scientific knowledge helps us to solve problems.

Topic: Blue The Film, Ocean Conservation, Water.

Unit of work: Blue The Film: Inquiry – Years 5 & 6.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead activities and guide discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Small piece of recycled paper (half A4 size). Pencils.

Keywords: Blue The Film, ocean conservation, oceans, messages, turtles, seabirds.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

blue_young_bird_in_hands_untitled_1-534-3_photoframeTeacher Preparation

Learning intention: Students understand that we need a healthy ocean to keep our planet healthy.

Success criteria: Students will...

  • Be able to critically examine the meaning and purpose of a clip.
  • Be able to share personal thoughts with others.
  • Know some ways we can all help marine species.

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Teacher content information: From space, our planet appears as a tiny blue dot in the vastness of space. 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

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What do you love about the ocean?

Reflection

Work independently to answer the following questions:

What did I used to think about the oceans?
What do I think about the oceans now?
What words can I use that help me describe how I feel about the ocean?
What questions do I still have about the ocean?
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