Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students explore the question ‘how are you connected to the ocean?’ They begin by completing a thinking routine around their thoughts, feelings and questions about the ocean before being immersed in the topic of human connections to the ocean through images, written texts and clips. They then reflect on these materials to generate questions they would like answered about our connection to the ocean. These questions can be used to guide further inquiry or used in other lessons in this unit.

Take 3 For The Sea logoTake 3 is an Australian charity removing rubbish from the environment through education programs, international campaigns and clean-ups. Take 3’s call to action is simple: Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere and you have made a difference.

 

 

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand that we are connected to the ocean in many ways, including in the ways that we need or take from the ocean and the ways that we impact the ocean.

21st century skills: 

Communicating Critical Thinking

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 4 HASS 

  • Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (ACHASSI073)
  • The diversity of Australia’s first peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Country/Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) (ACHASSK083)
  • The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people (ACHASSK088)

Year 5 HASS 

  • Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI094)
  • The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (ACHASSK112)

Year 6 HASS 

  • Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI122)
  • The world’s cultural diversity, including that of its indigenous peoples (ACHASSK140)

Syllabus outcomes: HT2-5, HT3-5, GE2-1 , GE2-1 , GE2-3, GE2-4, GE3-1, GE3-2, GE3-2, GE3-4

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability (OI.2), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures (OI.2, OI.3).

Relevant parts of Year 4 HASS achievement standards: Students develop questions to investigate. They identify the interconnections between components of the environment and between people and the environment.

Relevant parts of Year 5 HASS achievement standards: Students develop questions for an investigation. They identify and describe the interconnections between people and the human and environmental characteristics of places.

Relevant parts of Year 6 HASS achievement standards: Students develop appropriate questions to frame an investigation. They describe how people, places, communities and environments are interconnected.

Topic: Ocean Conservation, Sustainability. 

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Take 3 For The Sea – Project-based Learning – Years 4 to 6.

It is also aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14, Life Below Water. By taking three bits of rubbish from the sea, we can help reduce marine pollution, protect and restore ecosystems, and conserve coastal and marine areas. 

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – requires preparation from teachers. Teachers will also need to oversee class discussions and activities.

Resources required:

Keywords: Take 3 For The Sea, connections to the ocean, humans, gallery, ocean conservation, country.

These lessons have been created in partnership with Take 3 and are made possible thanks to their funding partner SC Johnson. 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 understand... 

  • … that we are connected to the ocean in many ways, including in the ways that we need or take from the ocean and the ways that we impact the ocean.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … work independently and collaboratively
  • … contribute to class discussions
  • … think critically about visual and written stimuli
  • … generate questions.

Teacher content information:

About the Movement
Take 3 is an Australian charity removing rubbish from the environment through education programs, international campaigns and clean-ups. Take 3's call to action is simple: Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or... anywhere and you have made a difference. Their message has sparked a global movement that encourages everyone to get involved and help protect our oceans from plastic pollution. They've educated over half a million students with their school education programs, more than 100,000 people

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: "With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you're connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live." - Sylvia Earle

Activating Prior Knowledge

Think about your connection to the ocean and answer the following questions:

•  What do I THINK about the ocean?

 

•  What do I FEEL about the ocean?

 

•  What do I WONDER about the ocean? What questions do you have?

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Connections Clip

After you have watched the clip about connections to the ocean, answer the following questions:

•  What did you see or hear in this clip that you found interesting or important?

•  What were some of the ways that people in this clip talked about being connected to the ocean?

Reflection

Return to the Think-Feel-Wonder activity you completed at the start of the lesson and reread your answers. Think about these and then answer the following:

•  What do you now Think, Feel and Wonder about our connection to the ocean?

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