Activity Introduction

Students Drawing TogetherQuick summary: Students develop a social action project to address a problem they have noticed at their school. Students begin by looking at the problems that are in their school, why these have occurred and what actions they could take to address the problem. They then select one action and develop and implement a social action project around this action. 

This can be completed as a stand alone lesson, however, if you have completed any of the previous Roots and Shoots lessons, students will have the opportunity to synthesise what they have already learned when planning their social action.

Jane Goodall's Roots and ShootsThis lesson has been developed in partnership with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program. Roots & Shoots is a global youth-led program of young people taking action to improve our world. By participating in this lesson, you and your students will be joining thousands of young people and teachers working to make positive change in our world.

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand some of the processes required for planning and executing a social action project.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Foundation HASS

  • Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant (ACHASSI009)

Year 1 HASS

  • Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant (ACHASSI026)

Year 2 HASS

  • Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant (ACHASSI042)

Syllabus outcomes: GEe-2, GE1-3.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability.

Relevant parts of Foundation HASS achievement standards: Students reflect on their learning to suggest ways they can care for a familiar place.

Relevant parts of Year 1 HASS achievement standards: Students reflect on their learning to suggest ways they can care for places.

Relevant parts of Year 2 HASS achievement standards: Students reflect on their learning to suggest ways to care for places and sites of significance.

Topic: Social Issues.

Unit of work: Roots & Shoots – Lower Primary.

Time required: 110+ mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – lead students through designing and delivering social action project.

Resources required: Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Device capable of taking photos, such as an iPad or camera. Project Planning Guide. Project Checklist. Examples Of Action Factsheet (optional). Other materials will depend on individual project needs. 

Keywords: Social action, project design, project delivery, school, community, Jane Goodall, Roots & Shoots.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand some of the processes required for planning and executing a social action project.

Success criteria: Students can …

  • … realise they have the ability to create change in their community.
  • … plan and assess a project.
  • … work collaboratively.

Teacher content information: At the age of 26 Jane Goodall travelled to Gombe Stream National Park (in what is now Tanzania) to study the mysterious world of wild chimpanzees. Through her patience and persistence, she won the trust of the chimpanzees and was able to learn more about our closest living relatives than anyone else ever had. Both the public and the scientific community were fascinated by her findings, which forever changed the way we look at evolution and ourselves. Chimpanzees make and use tools and feel the same feelings we do, including love, jealousy and grief.
Today, Dr Jane works to inspire action by individuals and groups who work on environmental iss

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