Activity Introduction

ocean 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 understand that humans have had a significant impact on our oceans.
  • 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 7 Geography

  • The way that flows of water connects places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places (ACHGK038)

Syllabus Outcomes: GE4-1.

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: Water, oceans, humans, nature.

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


Teacher Worksheet

ocean photoframe 1Teacher Preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students take responsibility for their own learning by watching a video on the relationship between humans and the ocean and completing a 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 our oceans and whether our oceans control us or we control our oceans. 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 – Harrison Ford is The Ocean

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Who is in charge of our oceans?

Before watching the clip below, answer the following question:

1. Do you think our oceans might be healthy or unhealthy? Explain your answer:

2. Why do you think ocean health is important to human health?

Watch the following clip and answer the questions below:

Nature Is Speaking – Harrison Ford is The Ocean | Conservation International (

After watching the clip, answer the following questions:

1. Summarise the key message of this clip in 25 words or less:

2. What did you find most interesting or surprising about this clip?

3. Some people find this clip scary or creepy - how does this clip make you feel and why?

4. Read the following quote from the clip:

"I don’t owe them (humans) a thing. I give, they take. But I can always take back. That’s just the way it’s always been. It’s not their planet anyway, never was, never will be."

Do you agree with this quote? Why or why not?

5. Finally

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