Blueback - Developing Inquiry Questions

Blueback - Developing Inquiry Questions

Lesson 12 of 14 in this unit

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

Lesson summary

To nurture the development of their ocean literacy skills, students create strong inquiry questions on an aspect of ocean conservation.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • learn how to develop strong inquiry questions that will form the basis of their research.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • demonstrate their ability to develop strong inquiry questions that allow for good research.

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:

  • Develop questions to investigate people, events, developments, places and systems (AC9HS5S01)

Syllabus outcomes: GE3-4

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 5 achievement standards:
They 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. Students develop appropriate geographical questions for an investigation. They locate, collect and organise data and information from a range of sources to answer inquiry questions.

Resources required

  • Access to the film Blueback 
  • A4 paper – one sheet for each student 
  • Device capable of presenting video and audio to the class
  • Butchers’ paper – enough for each group of three 
  • Student books and stationary


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

  • Communication
  • Creative thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Digital literacy

Additional info

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 and the ICT requirements of the lesson are standard, in that a functioning laptop with access to the Internet and a projector will suffice. 

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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