Activity Introduction

Tree Day Hero Image 2Quick summary: A new report by Planet Ark has revealed that time spent in nature has amazing benefits for our health and wellbeing. In this lesson students will watch a short video to find out what some of the benefits are and analyse how the message of the video is conveyed. Students critically assess their own activities on an average day and consider ways that they could spend more time in nature. Students then apply their understanding of the issue to the creation of their own short video that advocates the health and wellbeing 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 the effect of spending time in nature on their health.
  • Students identify actions and activities that could improve their own wellbeing.
  • Students recognise the relationship between health, wellbeing and time spent in nature.
  • Students recognise time spent in nature as a self-care strategy, and share their strategies with an audience.

Australian Curriculum

Content descriptors:

Year 7 English

  • Identify and discuss main ideas, concepts and points of view in spoken texts to evaluate qualities, for example the strength of an argument or the lyrical power of a poetic rendition (ACELY1719)
  • Analyse and explain the ways text structures and language features shape meaning and vary according to audience and purpose (ACELY1721)
  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to confidently create, edit and publish written and multimodal texts (ACELY1728)

Year 8 English

  • Interpret the stated and implied meanings in spoken texts, and use evidence to support or challenge different perspectives (ACELY1730)
  • Analyse and evaluate the ways that text structures and language features vary according to the purpose of the text and the ways that referenced sources add authority to a text (ACELY1732)
  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)

Year 9 English

  • Listen to spoken texts constructed for different purposes, for example to entertain and to persuade, and analyse how language features of these texts position listeners to respond in particular ways (ACELY1740)
  • Interpret, analyse and evaluate how different perspectives of issue, event, situation, individuals or groups are constructed to serve specific purposes in texts (ACELY1742)
  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)

Year 10 English

  • Analyse and evaluate how people, cultures, places, events, objects and concepts are represented in texts, including media texts, through language, structural and/or visual choices (ACELY1749)
  • Choose a reading technique and reading path appropriate for the type of text, to retrieve and connect ideas within and between texts (ACELY1753)
  • Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)

Year 7 & 8 Health and Physical Education

  • Plan and implement strategies for connecting to natural and built environments to promote the health and well being of their communities (ACPPS078)

Year 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education

  • Plan and evaluate new and creative interventions that promote their own and others’ connection to community and natural and built environments (ACPPS097)

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, computer/device with video editing software. Chalk-Talk visible thinking tool, How to make a short film help sheet, Average daily activity record, Storyboard templatePeer assessment rubric – Film

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

Keywords: nature, filmmaking, humour, parody, 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

Planet Ark Video Thumbnail Hero FrameTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will be able to make connections between health, wellbeing and time in nature. They will be able to outline some of the techniques used in a promotional film to convey its message, and use their understanding to convey their own message via the medium of film.

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. With people spending more and more t

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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" (

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 t

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