Quick summary: Students explore the production and use of palm oil by watching and responding to a video. They then undertake a structured inquiry into some of the key questions about palm oil. Students analyse persuasive techniques used in the video and think about language conventions used to deliver certain messages. Students are then asked to research the answers to four questions; two that they choose from a provided list and two that they have to create themselves. Finally, students will share what they know with other students by participating in an Inside/Outside Circle activity.
This lesson has been developed in partnership with WWF-Australia. WWF has been working to promote the transition away from conventional palm oil production to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil that conserves forests, protects species, and secures livelihoods.
- What are the key issues relating to palm oil and production?
- What is the relationship between palm oil consumption and the environment?
- What is my role as a consumer of palm oil and why do I have to make choices about buying products containing palm oil?
- How can I use my consumer power to affect positive change with regards to palm oil?
- How can I use the Internet to help me find out more about palm oil production and consumption?
21st Century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 5 HASS
- Types of resources (natural, human, capital) and the ways societies use them to satisfy the needs and wants of present and future generations (ACHASSK120)
- Influences on consumer choices and methods that can be used to help make informed personal consumer and financial choices (ACHASSK121)
- Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI094)
- Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources (ACHASSI095)
- Examine primary and secondary sources to determine their origin and purpose (ACHASSI098)
Year 5 English
- Identify and explain characteristic text structures and language features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the text (ACELY1701)
Year 6 HASS
- The effect that consumer and financial decisions can have on the individual, the broader community and the environment (ACHASSK150)
- How the concept of opportunity cost involves choices about the alternative use of resources and the need to consider trade-offs (ACHASSK149)
- Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI122)
- Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources (ACHASSI123)
- Examine primary and secondary sources to determine their origin and purpose (ACHASSI126)
Year 6 English
- Analyse how text structures and language features work together to meet the purpose of a text (ACELY1711)
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, ICT Capability.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.5, OI.6, OI.7.
Relevant part of the Year 5 HASS achievement standards:
Students identify and describe the interconnections between people and the human and environmental characteristics of places, and the effects of these interconnections on the characteristics of places and environments. They develop questions for an investigation and locate and collect data and information from a range of sources to answer inquiry questions, and examine these sources to determine their purpose.
Relevant part of the Year 6 HASS achievement standards:
Students recognise why choices about the allocation of resources involve trade-offs and understand why it is important to be informed when making consumer and financial decisions. They develop appropriate questions to frame an investigation and locate and collect useful data and information from primary and secondary sources, examining these sources to determine their origin and purpose.
Syllabus Outcomes: EN3-5B.
Topic: Sustainable Palm Oil, Consumption.
Unit of lessons: Sustainable Palm Oil.
Time required: 60+ mins (extra time may be needed to complete homework PRIOR to this lesson).
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – oversee activities and lead students in discussions.
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.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Palm oil, consumption.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.