Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students are introduced to the topic of the Show. They begin by working in groups to think about what agriculture and farming mean to them. Groups then conduct research online to find out what aspects of agriculture and farming are included in The Show. 

This lesson has been developed in partnership with The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. For over 160 years, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has been running the Royal Melbourne Show which, like other agricultural shows around the country, works to build the community’s knowledge and understanding of the vital role agriculture plays in our everyday lives. 

To gain access to a special student ticket offer for the 2018 Royal Melbourne Show see the Teacher Worksheet. 

Learning intentions:

  • Students will understand what is meant by the terms ‘farming’ and ‘agriculture’.
  • Students will know what the Show is and what aspects of farming and agriculture are included in the Show.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 5 HASS

  • Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources (ACHASSI095)

Year 6 HASS

  • Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources (ACHASSI123)

Years 5 & 6 Design and Technologies

  • Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments and prepared to enable people to grow and be healthy (ACTDEK021)

Syllabus outcomes: GE3-4, ST3-11LW.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, ICT capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability 

Relevant parts of Year 5 HASS achievement standards: Students locate and collect data and information from a range of sources to answer inquiry questions. 

Relevant parts of Year 6 HASS achievement standards: Students locate and collect useful data and information from primary and secondary sources.

Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 Design and Technology achievement standards: Students explain how social, ethical, technical and sustainability considerations influence the design of solutions to meet a range of present and future needs.

Topic: Consumption.

Unit of work:  The Show – Connections To Farming And Agriculture – Years 5 & 6.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activities and facilitate class discussions

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. A device capable of presenting a video to the class. Butcher’s paper. Pens/pencils.

Keywords: The Show, farming, agriculture, food.

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 will understand what is meant by the terms 'farming' and 'agriculture'.
  • Students will know what the Show is and what aspects of farming and agriculture are included in the Show.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ...explain the difference between farming and agriculture in their own words.
  • .…work collaboratively.
  • …participate in group discussions.
  • …conduct research online.

Teacher content information: For 162 years, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has been running the Royal Melbourne Show. Like other agricultural shows around the country, the Royal Melbourne Show aims to build the community's knowledge and understanding of the vital role agriculture plays in everyday life, by providing opportunities for the community to experience and connect with a range of different aspects of farming and agriculture.

Visitors to the Show are given the opportunity to get up close to a range of farm animals, to

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Have you ever been to an agricultural show?

What happens at your Show?

Once you have spent some time familiarising yourself with the website for your Show, work in your group to discuss the answers to the following questions (NOTE: each student is responsible for recording their own answers in their own words on their worksheet):

1. How long has this Show been running?

 

2. What features of farming and agriculture appear at this Show? In what way do they relate to farming and agriculture?

 

3. Which of these features of farming and agriculture are you already familiar with and why?

 

4. What parts of the Show do you believe are not related to farming and agriculture? Why do you think they might be included?

Reflection 

Work independently to answer the following questions:

What was most interesting for you in this lesson?
What did you learn that was new to you?
What other things would you like to know about farming and agriculture? What
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