Blueback - How Can We fish Sustainably?

Blueback - How Can We fish Sustainably?

Lesson 7 of 14 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Oceans
  • Sustainability
  • Water
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students investigate recreational fishing in reference to sustainability. Students learn that educating oneself about bag and size limits, on and off seasons and sea creatures’ reproductive cycles can positively impact and sustain marine life.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the differences between sustainable and unsustainable recreational fishing practices
  • understand the impact that unsustainable recreational fishing (a human activity) can have on the ocean.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • promote ways for the general public to fish sustainably
  • explain how unsustainable recreational fishing can impact the health of the ocean.

Lesson guides and printables

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Student Worksheet
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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:


  • the influence of people, including First Nations Australians and people in other countries, on the characteristics of a place (AC9HS5K04)
  • the management of Australian environments, including managing severe weather events such as bushfires, floods, droughts or cyclones, and their consequences (AC9HS5K05)

Syllabus outcomes: GE3-2

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 5 achievement standards: By the end of Year 5, students identify and describe the interconnections between people and the human and environmental characteristics of places, and between components of environments. They identify the effects of these interconnections on the characteristics of places and environments. They identify and describe different possible responses to a geographical challenge.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low: This resource and its associated materials should have all teachers need to be able to deliver this lesson. Concepts are explicitly explored within the lesson with no further reading required. Some of the activities may need to be planned in context to teachers’ classrooms. This lesson includes the option to use Canva which teachers should familiarise themselves with before using the tool with students.

Resources required

  • Access to the film Blueback 
  • Access to Canva (optional)
  • Art supplies – Pens, paper, glue, scissors (optional)
  • Device capable of presenting a video and audio to the class
  • Individual devices with access to the internet (optional)
  • Student Worksheet
  • Writing materials (optional)


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

  • communication
  • creative thinking
  • digital literacy
  • ethical understanding
  • initiative

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - Support students in independent work.

Minderoo Foundation is proud to be the education partner for the film adaption of Tim Winton’s best-selling book, Blueback.

Related professional learning

Teach the Big Picture of Sustainability

Quick summary: Open your students’ minds to how different systems – environmental, social and economic – are connected.

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