Activity Introduction

honeyeater-heroQuick 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 understand the idea of ‘trophic cascade’ and are familiar with the concept of ‘rewilding’.
  • Students build their thinking and questioning skills.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding

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

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 9 Science

  • Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176)

Syllabus OutcomesSC5-14LW.

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: Trophic cascade, rewilding, food chain.

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


Teacher Worksheet

gum-leaves-bidiversity-hero-260x300Teacher Preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students take responsibility for their own learning by watching a video on rewilding 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 food chains, trophic cascade and rewilding. 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.

This visual thinking tools can be useful in examining 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.

From the top of the food chain down: Rewilding our world - George Monbiot

From the top of the food chain down: Rewilding our world - George Monbiot (

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Why do you think wilderness is important?

Watch this clip then complete the activity below:

From the top of the food chain down: Rewilding our world - George Monbiot (

Once you have watched the video, brainstorm 8 questions about this video. Use these question-starters to begin your questions:


How would it be different if...

What are the reasons...

Suppose that...

What if...

What if we knew...

What is the purpose of...

What would change if...


Review the brainstormed list and select the one question that is most interesting to you. Write this question below and spend several minutes attempting to answer it.



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