Activity Introduction

nudge-bricks-photoframeQuick summary: This lesson is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the Nudge by Mirvac – Sustainability Film Competition. Students will investigate the differences between natural, managed and constructed features and places. They begin by looking at and sorting images of natural, managed and constructed places. They then head outside into the school yard to identify natural, managed and constructed features, and mark these features onto a map of the school. Finally, students will think about how we are already looking after the natural features and natural resources of their school, and will brainstorm ideas for further protecting the natural features and resources of their school, presenting their ideas in a class book.

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 are natural places and features?
  • What are managed places and features?
  • What are constructed places and features?
  • What natural, managed and constructed features do we have in our school yard?
  • Why should we look after natural features and natural resources?
  • How can we look after the nature and natural resources at our school, both now and in the future?

21st century skills:

nudge skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 1 Geography

  • The natural, managed and constructed features of places, their location, how they change and how they can be cared for (ACHASSK031)
  • Sort and record information and data, including location, in tables and on plans and labelled maps (ACHASSI020)
  • Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant (ACHASSI026)
  • Present narratives, information and findings in oral, graphic and written forms using simple terms to denote the passing of time and to describe direction and location (ACHASSI027)

Syllabus outcomes: GE1-1, GE1-3.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7.

Relevant parts of Year 1 Geography achievement standards: Students identify and describe the features of places and their location at a local scale and describe how places can be cared for. They represent the location of different places and their features on labelled maps. They reflect on their learning to suggest ways they can care for places.

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 – oversee activity, lead students in class discussions, and guide students through group work.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Natural – Bush, Constructed – Suburb, Managed – Park. A3 sized laminated map of the school grounds OR map of the school grounds projected onto a whiteboard. Printed and cut out: Category titles and Natural, managed and constructed places – Flashcards. Paper and drawing/writing materials. Camera or device to take photos.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities. Digital photography (optional).

Keywords: Natural, managed, constructed, features, places, natural resources, school.

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 will recognise the difference between natural, managed and constructed features and places. They will identify the natural, managed and constructed features of their school yard, and understand why we should look after these features. Students will think about how they can look after the natural features of their school, both now and in the future. Finally, they will begin thinking about how they can empower other people to value natural features 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

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Student Worksheet


Take a look at this picture and answer the questions below:

girls schoolyard

What are the natural features?

What are the managed features?

What are the constructed features?

Look at the vegetables these girls are holding; are they from the natural, managed or constructed features?

How would you change the features in this image in the future?

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