Activity Introduction

Planet Ark Video Thumbnail Hero FrameQuick summary: Students explore the relationship between time spent in nature and their personal health and wellbeing. They begin by watching a short video and analysing how the message within it is conveyed. Students explore their own understanding and experiences of health and wellbeing then plan and create a short film that shares the benefits of time in nature. Teachers are encouraged to share the videos with Planet Ark.

schoolstreedaylogo-150x119This lesson is an ideal way for students to participate in Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day – the largest nature-care event in Australian schools. You and your students will join thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference, fostering a child’s love of nature and creating positive environmental change. So, get growing! It only takes a minute to register for Schools Tree Day.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand that spending time in nature can benefit their health.
  • Students will consider some things they can do to improve their own wellbeing.
  • Students will understand how humour can be used to convey a serious message.
  • Students will be able to use film to convey their own message about the benefits of nature.

Australian Curriculum

Content description:

Year 2 English

  • Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to analyse texts by drawing on growing knowledge of context, language and visual features and print and multimodal text structures (ACELY1670)
  • Create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1671)

Year 5 English

  • Use comprehension strategies to analyse information, integrating and linking ideas from a variety of print and digital sources (ACELY1703)
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations for defined audiences and purposes incorporating accurate and sequenced content and multimodal elements (ACELY1700)

Year 6 English

  • Understand how authors often innovate on text structures and play with language features to achieve particular aesthetic, humorous and persuasive purposes and effects (ACELA1518)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714)
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes, making appropriate choices for modality and emphasis (ACELY1710)

Year 1 & 2 Health and Physical Education

  • Recognise situations and opportunities to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS018)

Year 3 & 4 Health and Physical Education

  • Discuss and interpret health information and messages in the media and internet (ACPPS039)

Year 5 & 6 Health and Physical Education

  • Explore how participation in outdoor activities supports personal and community health and wellbeing and creates connections to natural and built environments (ACPPS059)

General capabilities:  Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, ICT Capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.

Topic: Schools Tree Day

Time required: 120 minutes

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and assist with creating short film.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Phone/tablet/camera to film short video, butcher’s paper, textas, How to make a short film help sheetStoryboard templatePeer assessment rubric – Film.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, Creating with ICT, Communicating with ICT.

Keywords: nature, wellbeing, devices, filmmaking, humour, Planet Ark.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Tree Day Hero Image 2Teacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will be able to make the connection between time in nature and an improvement in people's health and wellbeing. They will understand how humour and parody are used in a video to convey its message, and will use their understanding to create a short film with a specific health and wellbeing message.

Teacher content information: New research by Planet Ark released in the lead up to National Tree Day, examines how time in nature enhances and grows the key areas in life that Australians consider the most important for a fulfilling life – health, happiness, learning, relaxation and relationships.

The report presents the results from studies published in peer-reviewed journals and Planet Ark’s National Survey, finding that nature helps make people happier, healthier, brighter, calmer and closer. The surveys included in the report used internationally-recognised scales to measure the connection to nature and happiness of participants.

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: What makes us click isn't a device!

1. Watch the short video below:

National Tree Day video - "What makes us click isn't a device". -Planet Ark

Planning your film

Group Members:



Person Responsible

1. Organise your ideas for your film

Have one group member record the ideas generated, then discuss each one. Reach a consensus on the best idea to pursue. Complete this task as a group.

2. What is the key message/messages of your film?

Describe the messages you hope to communicate through this film. Record your thoughts in point form notes. Complete this task as a group.

3. Background Research

Use the Internet to search for short films similar to your proposed film. How are are they successful? What works or doesn't work?

4. Storyboarding

What are you going to do in your film? On a separate piece of paper, sketch out scenes that the video wil

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