Simple actions can address complex problems

What would happen if each of your students took 3 bits of rubbish away every time they visited the beach or a waterway?

These lessons have been created in partnership with Take 3 who believe in simple actions to address complex problems. They have created a series of short films exploring the issues, drawing on voices from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as other experts and public figures from all walks of life. Our lessons are also aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, “the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.”

Why Project Based Learning and how does it fit in your curriculum?

This unit is designed to guide students using a Project-based Learning (PBL) approach.

  • Years 4 to 6 lessons work across subject areas allowing for an integrated experience.
  • Years 7 to 10 lessons are best used in Humanities/SOSE or Science classes, but could also provide integrated learning opportunities across curriculum areas such as English, Design & Technologies and the Arts.

Projects explored through a PBL approach typically have a longer time-frame than most other classroom tasks, usually stretching between one week and one term. Broadly, the stages of PBL are:

  • Introduce a driving question
  • Hold the entry event
  • Develop the need to knows
  • PBL time
  • Debrief and reflection

Take 3 short films are narrated by Nardi Simpson, Yuwaalaraay Songwriter, Storyteller and Performer. Listen to Nardi talk about the importance of country, water and her responsibilities.

Find out more about the Take 3 Movement

Upper Primary Resources

How are you connected to the ocean? – HASS – Years 4 to 6

Explore personal and group connections to the ocean and become immersed in the topic of human connections to the ocean through images, written texts and clips.

How You Need The Ocean
– HASS – Years 4 to 6

Expand on connections by exploring how and why we need the ocean. Students participate in a guided discussion around a clip from Take 3 For The Sea and  develop a series of questions to help them guide an inquiry into the question ‘how do we need oceans?’

How You Impact The Ocean
– HASS – Years 4 to 6

Students think about some of the ways we impact the ocean before focusing on plastic waste. Using a clip from Take 3 For The Sea to reflect on themes and identify gaps in their knowledge around plastic waste.

Investigating Your
Connection To The Ocean
– HASS – Years 4 to 6

Investigate connections to the ocean a range of topics and activities relating to our connection to the ocean,

My Dream For The Ocean
– English, Visual Arts
– Years 4 to 6

Students can explore some of the dreams other people have for the ocean and use these ideas as inspiration to create their own dream statements about the ocean. Working independently students will use their dream statements as the basis for an artwork. 

Take Action For The Ocean
– HASS – Years 4 to 6

Students research and select their own actions for reducing plastic waste before thinking about their circle of influence and how they can share messages and actions about plastic waste with the people in their lives. 

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Secondary Resources

How Are We Connected to the Ocean? – Geography
– Years 7 to 10

Students use discussion, images, written texts and clips to explore their personal connection to the ocean and share their findings with the class.

Inquiry: How We Need The Ocean – Geography
– Years 7 to 10

Get students thinking about how we are connected to the ocean through the ways we need it and impact it.

Inquiry: How We Impact The Ocean – Geography
– Years 7 to 10

Students investigate the impact of plastics on our oceans and generate questions to guide a deeper inquiry into the topic.  Students work collaboratively to create their own guided discussions around plastic waste to share with the class. 

Investigating Ocean Connections – Geography, Science – Years 7 to 10

Investigate connections to the ocean through  a range of topics and activities. You could choose to complete just one of these tasks or a range of tasks, giving you the opportunity to deepen student understanding of our need for and impact upon the ocean.

Solving The Problem Of Plastic Waste – Economics & Business
– Years 7 to 10

Consider the role of the different sectors of the economy – government, producers and consumers – in managing plastic waste.  After investigation students select one idea and think about how it could be applied in an Australian context.

Take Action Against Plastic Waste – Geography
– Years 7 to 10

Students select their own actions to reduce plastic waste before thinking about their sphere of influence and how they can share messages and actions about plastic waste with the people in their lives.

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About the Movement

Take 3 For The Sea logo

Take 3 is an Australian charity that removes rubbish from the environment through education programs, international campaigns and clean-ups.

Take 3 believes in simple actions that address complex problems. Their call to action asks everyone to ‘Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere and you have made a difference.’

Their international campaign has sparked a global movement that encourages everyone to get involved and help protect our oceans from plastic pollution. After all, the ocean provides us with the oxygen we breathe and the climate that sustains us. We need a healthy, clean ocean for our own survival.

Learn more about Take For The Sea on their website.


Special Thanks

Take 3 wish to thank our funding partner SC Johnson.  Without their support our online curricula would not be possible.

© 2022 Take 3 for the Sea and Cool Australia.