Activity Introduction

plastic-bottles-heroQuick summary: This lesson is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. Students will form a conscience alley and share thoughts on how to work towards a shared future in order to avoid the future depicted in the film WALL-E. They will then examine scenes from the film under the headings: Water, Waste, Energy and Materials and use ambitious vocabulary to describe what they see. In preparation for a persuasive storyboard students will look at possible choices and consequences in how we use resources based on the scenes of the film, and will examine the features of persuasive texts so that these can be applied in their storyboard.

Activity developed in partnership with Nudge_bymirvac

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”.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise the different choices that we can make about using resources.
  • Students identify future consequences as a result of the choices that we make or don’t make.
  • Students recognise the features of a persuasive text.

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

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.6., OI.8.

Australian Curriculum content description:

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 Science

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043).

 Year 5 English

  • Identify and explain characteristic text structures and language features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the text (ACELY1701).
  • Use interaction skills, for example paraphrasing, questioning and interpreting non-verbal cues and choose vocabulary and vocal effects appropriate for different audiences and purposes (ACELY1796).

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 Science

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094).

Year 6 English

  • Analyse how text structures and language features work together to meet the purpose of a text (ACELY1711).
  • Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions (ACELY1709).

Topic: Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition, Sustainability.

Time required: 60-80 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – teacher to model conscience alley by using comments on scenes from WALL-E.

Resources required: WALL-E synopsis, photographs of scenes from WALL-E (use Google Images). Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities. Padlet/Voicethread/Evernote/Microsoft Photo Story or any presentation tool or software package that will allow photographs (WALL-E scenes) to be used and the students to make comments. 

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: Mirvac, water, waste, energy, materials, renewable, fossil fuels sustainability, choices, consequences, persuade.

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. 


Teacher Worksheet

computer-waste-heroTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: After watching the film WALL-E, students will have gained insight into one possible future as depicted in the film. They will begin the planning process about the choices we make and how we use the Earth’s resources. This will help students to prepare to create a persuasive storyboard for the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition.

Teacher content information: The Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition has been created to give communities a 'nudge' on sustainability. This year’s film competition has a focus on the theme “Re-imagining Resources” and budding film makers will be asked to create and enter short films on the following focus areas: Water, Waste, Energy and Materials. The aim of the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition is to encourage behaviour change around sustainability: 'Nudge a neighbour, change a behaviour'.

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What will your home look like in 2050?

What choices can we make about our resources? What are the consequences of our choices?

Complete the tables below. Begin by thinking about what the problem is with each resource (e.g. It's running out!) Once you have thought of a problem, think about the choices we have in response to this problem and what the consequences of this choice would be. Write your answers in the tables below.


Think big and be inventive!



Choice One


Choice Two


Choice Three



Think big and be inventive!



Choice One


Choice Two


Choice Three



Think big and be inventive!



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