Quick summary: This lesson is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. Students will investigate the human impact on the Earth and look at what could happen in the future if we continue to use resources in the same way. They then explore some of the scenes in the film WALL-E (which is set in the future) and reflect on the implications of our actions as portrayed in the film. Finally, students will compare and contrast the Earth as it is now to how it could be in the future.
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This lesson is part of the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition unit. The Competition encourages young people (up to 18 years) to make a short film aimed at giving our community a ‘nudge’ on sustainability: ‘Nudge a neighbour, change a behaviour’. This year’s competition is focused on the theme “Re-imagining Resources”.
- To investigate the affects of human impact on the planet.
- To compare and contrast the Earth as it is now to how it could be in the future.
- To build skills in critical and creative thinking and apply their knowledge to future scenarios.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.6., OI.8.
Year 5 Economics and Business
Types of resources (natural, human, capital) and the ways societies use them in order to satisfy the needs and wants of present and future generations (ACHEK002).
Year 5 English
- Understand the use of vocabulary to express greater precision of meaning, and know that words can have different meanings in different contexts (ACELA1512).
- Use comprehension strategies to analyse information, integrating and linking ideas from a variety of print and digital sources (ACELY1703).
- Identify aspects of literary texts that convey details or information about particular social, cultural and historical contexts (ACELT1608).
Year 5 Science
- Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043).
Year 6 Economics and Business
- How the concept of opportunity cost involves choices about the alternative use of resources and the need to consider trade-offs (ACHEK009).
Year 6 English
- Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions (ACELY1709).
- Use interaction skills, varying conventions of spoken interactions such as voice volume, tone, pitch and pace, according to group size, formality of interaction and needs and expertise of the audience (ACELY1816).
Year 6 Science
- The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094).
Topic: Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition, Sustainability.
Time required: 60-90 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – teacher to model and help with higher order questions.
Resources required: WALL-E synopsis, Copy of WALL-E film (most school libraries own a copy of the film, otherwise download it from iTunes here), Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Watch all of the WALL-E Film.
Keywords: Mirvac, human impact, Earth, resources, water, waste, energy, materials, renewable, sustainability.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum. This lesson uses the WALL-E film as a learning stimulus only and is not formally associated with Pixar.