Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students will start by watching two clips; one on intensive dairy farming practices and another on small scale organic dairy farming. Students are asked to reflect on these clips by working in groups to create a dairy farm of the future. Students do this by using the ‘thinking hats’ learning tool, brainstorming initial ideas and then using these ideas to create a model of a future dairy farm

sustainable-table-logo

 

This resource was created in collaboration with Sustainable Table with the aim of empowering young people to use their dollar to vote for a food system that is fair, humane, healthy and good for the environment. To learn more about Sustainable Table, click here.

 

Learning intentions:

  • Students are able to make judgments on the ethical and sustainable management of dairy farms.
  • Students recognise that they have the skills and knowledge to create their own vision for the future.
  • Students understand that different people have different ideas about what the future should look like but that these differences can be used to give strength to the vision and its meaning.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Year 9 & 10 Design and Technologies:

  • Investigate and make judgments on the ethical and sustainable production and marketing of food and fibre (ACTDEK044)
  • Apply design thinking, creativity, innovation and enterprise skills to develop, modify and communicate design ideas of increasing sophistication (ACTDEP049)

Syllabus Outcomes: D&T5.2.1, D&T5.3.2, D&T5.5.1

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.5, OI.8.

Relevant parts of Year 9 & 10 Design and Technologies achievement standards: Students explain how people working in design and technologies occupations consider factors that impact on design decisions and the technologies used to produce products, services and environments. Students create designed solutions for one or more of the technologies contexts based on a critical evaluation of needs or opportunities. They create and connect design ideas and processes of increasing complexity and justify decisions.

Topic: Consumption

Time required: 2-3 sessions

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity, facilitate discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Internet access, access to YouTube, materials or programs for making models (e.g. paper and cardboard or desktop graphics program). Presentation RubricKWHL chart.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Keywords: Sustainable Table, dairy farming, intensive, small-scale, organic, future.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students are able to make judgments on the ethical and sustainable management of dairy farms.
  • Students recognise that they have the skills and knowledge to create their own vision for the future.
  • Students understand that different people have different ideas about what the future should look like but that these differences can be used to give strength to the vision and its meaning.

Success criteria: Students can …

  • ... watch and reflect on videos.
  • ... contribute to class discussions.
  • ... participate in a role play activity.
  • ... work collaboratively.

Teacher content information: Australian dairy farming is in the midst of change. After the deregulation of the industry in 2000, the industry mantra quickly became “get big or get out”. Since then the trend has been towards fewer but larger, more intensive operations, which may put more stress on the environment, dairy cows and resources such as water, grain and land. At the

...
 
- or - to view worksheets

Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Where does your dairy come from?

Preparation activity

Watch the two following clips about dairy farming and answer the questions below:

Clip 1 - Intensive Dairy Farming - Is this the way to do it? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDo5c-ksmRs)

 

Clip 2 - Organic Dairyman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEniHcmZ7yI)

 

What are your initial thoughts about these two videos? Write three sentences describing how you feel about the types of farming shown in these videos:

1.

2.

3.

What questions about dairy farming do these videos raise for you?

1.

2.

3.

 

Classroom session

In this activity you will be thinking about the future of dairy farming. The aim of the activity will be to create a model dairy farm for the future. In your groups, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Read the information about your 'hat' (see below).

Step 2. Begin brainstorming with your group about your ideas about the future of dairy farming. Use either bubbl.us or mindmeister

...
 
- or - to view worksheets

Leave your Feedback

We appreciate your feedback. Let us know what you like or don't like about this activity:

Sorry. You must be logged in to view this form.