Blue - Our Ocean is a Valuable Resource

Blue - Our Ocean is a Valuable Resource

Lesson 3 of 4 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Oceans
  • Water
  • ...

Lesson summary

This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. Students will understand how vast the world’s oceans are by exploring the big question: ‘How is the ocean a resource for life on our planet?’. Students investigate water through different classifications and comparisons before considering the importance of the role of the largest body of water on the planet – our oceans. They then consider how the ocean impacts their own lives.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • be able to identify the role of the ocean as a valuable resource and be able to articulate how this affects their own lives. 

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • classify water resources into available and potential categories.
  • identify the volume of the oceans compared to other forms of water resources.
  • identify the importance of the ocean as a resource for the livability of the planet.
  • reflect on how their lives are connected to the health of the oceans.

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Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Teacher Content Info

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 7 Geography Unit 1 Water in the World:

  • Classification of environmental resources and the forms that water takes as a resource (ACHGK037)

Syllabus outcomes: GE4-3, GE4.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative ThinkingNumeracy

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.2.

Relevant parts of Year 7 Geography achievement standards: Students explain interconnections between people and places and environments and describe how these interconnections change places and environments. Students record and represent data and the location and distribution of geographical phenomena in a range of forms.

Unit of work: Blue The Film – Geography – Year 7.

Time required: 100 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in discussion and class activities, oversee group work.

Resources required

  • Student Worksheet – one copy per student
  • Device capable of presenting a website to the class
  • Two copies of the Water Flashcards for the lesson
  • Tape (optional)

Skills

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

  • Communication
  • Global citizenship
  • Social skills

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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