Activity Introduction

nudge-plane-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 what natural resources are and how we use them. They explore the natural resources in their classroom and around the school yard, and create a picture graph with the information they collect. Finally they are asked to consider why we need natural resources and how our lives would be different if some of the resources we commonly used were to run out. Based on this, students are asked to think of actions their school could take to look after natural resources.

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 resource?
  • How do we use natural resources?
  • What natural resources can we find in the classroom and around the school yard?
  • Why are natural resources important?
  • Why should we look after natural resources?
  • What can we do to look after natural resources in our school?

21st century skills:

nudge skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 2 Science

  • Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)
  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035) 

Syllabus outcomes: ST1-9ES.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7.

Relevant parts of Year 2 Science achievement standards: Students identify that certain materials and resources have different uses.

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: Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Natural resources Flashcards. Picture graph. Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Clipboards and paper for drawing and cameras/tablets for taking photos. Poster making materials.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital photography (optional).

Keywords: Natural resources, school, nature, environment, sustainability. 

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


Teacher Worksheet

nudge-cows-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students begin to understand what a natural resource is and how we use them. They are able to recognise examples of natural resources in the classroom and around the school, and begin to understand why we need to look after natural resources. Finally students begin to identify ways we can look after natural resources.

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

Natural resources in your house

Have a look at the picture of the house and answer the questions below:

house drawing final

What natural resources can you find in this house? Find three and list them below and describe all the places you might use this in your house:

Natural Resource:

How you use it:




Pick one resource and describe or draw how you would re-imagine it:

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