Activity Introduction

Look at examples of young people who have taken action for the future through social and environmental projects. Connect with the documentary film 2040, focusing on actions you can take that have positive benefits both now and in the future.

The young people you will investigate in this lesson could be described as change-makers – people who are making positive changes for the future of the world. The first (and possibly most important) step to becoming a change-maker is to think about what you want to change; understanding what you want to change will help lead you to your solution. You don’t have to come up with an idea to solve all the world’s problems; having a small idea and doing it well should be your aim. Your idea could aim to make a change in your house, your street, your school or your neighbourhood.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for:  Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12

Themes: 

  • investigate 
  • think and connect

Time required: 40 minutes 

Curriculum connections: English, Design and Technologies, Critical and Creative Thinking, Sustainability.

Tips for Parents and Carers

This activity encourages kids to use their skills, talents and interests to take positive action for the environment. Encourage them to believe in themselves and stretch them to expand their idea of what is possible. A little positivity and imagination can go a long way.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

2040 – Taking Action For Your 2040 – Years 5 & 6

Resources Required

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Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

2040 logoCool Australia, GoodThing Productions and Regen Pictures would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of Good Pitch AustraliaShark Island InstituteDocumentary Australia FoundationThe Caledonia Foundation and our philanthropic partners 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.

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Taking Action - Activity Instructions

The young people you will investigate in this lesson could be described as change-makers - people who are making positive changes for the future of the world. The first (and possibly most important) step to becoming a change-maker is to think about what you want to change; understanding what you want to change will help lead you to your solution. You don’t have to come up with an idea to solve all the world's problems; having a small idea and doing it well should be your aim. Your idea could aim to make a change in your house, your street, your school or your neighbourhood.

Step 1. Think about some of the big issues that are facing the world at the moment. How can we ensure that the world’s population can have its basic needs around food, water, housing, clothing, employment, education and health met whilst also looking after the environment and reducing the effects of climate change? Watch this trailer from the documentary, ‘2040’, to inspire y

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