Blue - Do the Maths on Australia's Fishing Industry

Blue - Do the Maths on Australia's Fishing Industry

Lesson 4 of 4 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • Mathematics
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Oceans
  • Water
  • ...

Lesson summary

This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. Students will take on the role of a data scientist to understand what has been happening in Australia’s fishing industry over time. Using a large data set, students organise and analyse Australian Government data. This lesson brings together real world data, statistical analysis, and meaningful problem solving. Students use these elements to make recommendations to the Australian fishing industry in order to conserve our oceans.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • organise and analyse a large data set in order to draw conclusions about the fishing industry in Australia.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • be able to use Microsoft Excel to organise a large data set
  • be able to describe bivariate data presented in a table or graph
  • be able to use data to draw conclusions about a societal issue.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Teacher Content Info

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions:

Year 10 Mathematics:

  • Investigate and describe bivariate numerical data where the independent variable is time (ACMSP252).

Syllabus outcomes: MA5.2-1WM, MA5.2-3WM, MA5.2-16SP

General capabilities: ICT Capability, Critical and creative thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.9

Relevant parts of Year 10 Mathematics achievement standards: Students describe bivariate data where the independent variable is time. They describe statistical relationships between two continuous variables. Students evaluate statistical reports.

Unit of work: Blue The Film – Mathematics – Year 7 – 10

Time required: 80 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activities and lead students in discussion.

Resources required

  • Student Worksheet – one copy per student
  • Device capable of presenting a clip to the class
  • Annual Logbook Catch-Data – student and teacher access (note: Microsoft Excel, not Google docs, is required). You will need to project this onto a screen.
  • Student access to laptops/desktop computers with Microsoft Excel


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Digital literacy
  • Initiative

Additional info

Blue is a feature documentary film charting the drastic decline in the health of our oceans. With more than half of all marine life lost and the expansion of the industrialization of the seas, the film sets out the challenges we are facing and the opportunities for positive change. Blue changes the way we think about our liquid world and inspires the audience to action. Find out how to screen or download the film here. Along with the film is an ambitious global campaign to create advocacy and behaviour change through the #oceanguardian movement. To become an ocean guardian, see the website.

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