In this Social Action lesson, students will view the ‘Plastic Addiction’ clip from Blue The Film and consider the impact that plastic has on the ocean as well as ocean and shore-dwelling creatures. Students will research and discover options to reduce plastic waste and improve the health of our oceans. Students will brainstorm how people can make small changes in their everyday lives to reduce plastic use, then inspire their school community to reduce their plastic footprint in a public presentation of their ideas.
- understand the reasons for reducing plastic in the ocean
- know about alternatives to plastic
- understand how to effectively communicate ideas.
- name some alternatives to plastic products
- deliver a presentation about plastic alternatives to the school community
- show how they have the ability to create change.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian curriculum content descriptions:
Year 5 & 6 HASS inquiry and skills:
- Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI102, ACHASSI130).
- Use criteria to make decisions and judgements and consider advantages and disadvantages of preferring one decision over others (ACHASSI103, ACHASSI131).
- Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects (ACHASSI104, ACHASSI132).
Year 5 Science:
- Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE083).
Year 6 Science:
- Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE100).
Year 5 English:
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704).
Year 6 English:
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714).
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.4, OI.5, OI.7, OI.9
Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 achievement standards:
- HASS: Students locate and collect data and information from a range of sources to answer inquiry questions. They work with others to generate alternative responses to an issue or challenge and reflect on their learning to independently propose action, describing the possible effects of their proposed action. Students present their ideas, findings and conclusions in a range of communication forms using discipline-specific terms and appropriate conventions.
- English Year 5: They make presentations which include multimodal elements for defined purposes.
- English Year 6: They make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, using a variety of strategies for effect.
Unit of work: Blue the Film Inquiry – Years 5 & 6
Time required: 3.5+ hours.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in discussion and class activities, oversee group work.
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Community Engagement
- Digital Literacy
- Ethical Understanding
- Global Citizenship
- Problem Solving
- Social Skills
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.