Activity Introduction

mother nature photoframe 2Quick summary: This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content by watching a video in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise that there are many ways of seeing the relationship between humans and the environment.
  • Students build their thinking and questioning skills.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1., OI.2.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 10 Geography

  • Human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)
  • Environmental world views of people and their implications for environmental management (ACHGK071)

Syllabus Outcomes: GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-4.

Time needed: 30 minutes.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently.

Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, Student Worksheet.

Key words: Nature, humans, Mother Earth.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students take responsibility for their own learning by watching a video on the relationship between humans and 'Mother Nature' and completing a visible thinking routine.

The Flipped Lesson

This lesson provides the opportunity for students to explore/build their current knowledge, attitudes and values about how humans relate to nature and whether nature needs us or we need nature. While working independently, students are to view the following video and complete tables on the student worksheet. Teachers will also gain insight from students’ responses which can be used to plan other activities.

The visible thinking tools included on the Student Worksheet can be useful in examining and reflecting on how and why student thinking has changed based on learning specific content information. It also helps to develop their reasoning abilities and to recognise cause and effect relationships.

Nature Is Speaking – Julia Roberts is Mother Nature

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Where is nature?

Before watching this clip, answer the following question:

1. Do you think people are a part of nature or apart from nature? Explain your answer and justify the reasons you've answered that way (approx 200 words):

Watch the following clip and answer the questions below:

Nature Is Speaking – Julia Roberts is Mother Nature | Conservation International (

After watching the clip, answer the following questions:

1. What do you the core message of this clip is?

2. Some people find the language and tone in this clip creepy or eerie: what is your response to this clip and why?

3. Has do how you feel about the statement presented in the clip; “Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature”?

4. Human exceptionalism is the belief that humans are essentially different than all other animals. This video rejects the notion of human exceptionalism by declaring that humans are not special in the eyes of nature. What do you thi

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