This lesson incorporates clips from Blue The Film as learning inspiration. Students explore how the guardians from Blue use environmental knowledge in their jobs to help conserve our oceans. Students begin by analysing what is meant by ‘environmental knowledge’ and then work in groups to investigate the guardians. Students adopt a jigsaw approach to sharing what they have learnt about the guardian they investigated. Students are then asked to think about what sort of job they would like to do to help our oceans and what environmental knowledge this job would require. Finally, they are asked to think about what actions they can take right now to help our oceans.
- understand why environmental knowledge is important to a range of marine related occupations.
- be able to participate in group discussion and synthesise and communicate their own ideas from discussions
- be able to create an infographic
- understand environmental knowledge
- know how and why environmental knowledge is used in a range of marine related jobs
- know some of the actions they can take right now to help our oceans.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian curriculum content descriptions:
Year 8 Science:
- People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity (ACSHE136).
- Scientific knowledge has changed peoples’ understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available (ACSHE134).
Syllabus outcomes: SC4-13ES
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7, OI.9
Relevant parts of Year 8 Science achievement standards: Students examine the different science knowledge used in occupations.
Unit of work: Blue The Film – Science – Year 7 & 8
Time required: 120 mins +
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity, lead students in discussion.
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Critical thinking
- Digital literacy
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.