Activity Introduction

nudge-trees-photoframeQuick summary: This lesson is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. Students think about their favourite nature places at their school and create a drawing of this place. They then explore nature places at their school by taking a walk around the school yard recording natural features of interest or importance. Next they create a map of this walk incorporating features that can be found along the way, and then think about how to look after these features.

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’.

Essential questions:

  • What special nature places do we have at our school?
  • Where are our special nature places at our school?
  • How can we record information about these places?
  • How can we look after these places?

21st century skills:

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Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Foundation Geography

  • The representation of the location of places and their features on simple maps and models (ACHASSK014)
  • The reasons why some places are special to people, and how they can be looked after (ACHASSK017)
  • Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources provided (ACHASSI002)
  • Sort and record information and data, including location, in tables and on plans and labelled maps (ACHASSI003)
  • Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant (ACHASSI009)

Syllabus outcomes: GEe-1, GEe-2.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2, OI.7, OI.9.

Relevant parts of Foundation Geography achievement standards: Students recognise why some places are special to people. They describe the features of familiar places and recognise that places can be represented on maps. They observe the familiar features of places and represent these features and their location on pictorial maps and models. They reflect on their learning to suggest ways they can care for a familiar place.

Topic: Sustainability Film Competition, Sustainability.

Unit of work: Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition – F to 2.

Time required: 180 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Lead students in walk, take photos, lead students in discussion and map making.

Resources required: Printed copy of the Student Worksheet (one for each student). Camera/tablet/phone for taking photos and video (video optional). Materials for making large map on paper (e.g. poster paper) or whiteboard for drawing map on. A4 paper and drawing materials.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital photos and video recording.

Keywords: Nature, school yard, living things, special places, mapping.

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


Teacher Worksheet

nudge-mt-beauty-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will recognise the nature places at school that are special to them, and will identify ways they can look after these places. They will understand that creating maps based upon personal observations is a useful way of recording and presenting information. Students will begin thinking about how they can empower other people to value natural places through digital storytelling.

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

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