Activity Introduction

nudge-mt-beauty-photoframeQuick summary: This lesson is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. Students explore the differences between natural and constructed features, and assign various features in the landscape as being either natural or constructed. Students then use Google Earth to explore the natural and constructed features of their school and neighbourhood, and use Google Maps to make a map of the constructed features of their school. This lesson can be followed with Sustainability Film Competition – Year 3 (Part 2).

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 is a natural feature?
  • What is a constructed feature?
  • What is the difference between natural and constructed features?
  • What natural and constructed features do we have at our school?
  • How can we map the constructed features of our school?

21st century skills:

nudge skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 3 Geography

  • The representation of Australia as states and territories and as Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples; and major places in Australia, both natural and human (ACHASSK066)
  • Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI053)
  • Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple graphs, tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI054)

Syllabus outcomes: GE2-1, GE2-4.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7.

Relevant parts of Year 3 Geography achievement standards: Students describe the diverse characteristics of different places at the local scale and identify and describe similarities and differences between the characteristics of these places. Students pose questions and locate and collect information from sources, including observations, to answer these questions, and record and represent data in different formats, including labelled maps using basic cartographic conventions.

Topic: Sustainability Film Competition, Sustainability.

Unit of work:  Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition – Year 3 & 4

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in lesson, engage students in class discussions.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Sticky-notes, pens, A3 piece of paper for each student. Devices for accessing Google Earth. Workbooks.

Digital technology opportunities: Google Earth.

Keywords: Natural, managed, constructed, environments, mapping, school, Google Earth.

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


Teacher Worksheet

nudge-suburb-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students begin to understand what natural and constructed features are, and are able to identify the differences between them. Students recognise the natural and constructed features of their school and are able to map the constructed features, using standard cartographic conventions.

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'.

Nudge by Mirvac - 2015 Winners (

The website has more information on the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability

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Student Worksheet


What are some ways we can help constructed things be more sustainable? Think of three examples and explain your reasoning:




What are some ways we can help look after natural resources? Think of three examples and explain your reasoning:




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