Blueback - What is Ocean Literacy?

Blueback - What is Ocean Literacy?

Lesson 2 of 14 in this unit

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

Lesson summary

Students are introduced to the concept of ‘ocean literacy’ and begin to build a subject-specific vocabulary. They explore one major threat facing the ocean to begin their journey to becoming more ocean literate.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the concept of ocean literacy
  • understand the value of becoming ocean literate as a powerful way to positively impact the ocean.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain what ocean literacy is
  • list the possible effects that being ocean literate may have on the oceans

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet

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 and describe different possible responses to a geographical challenge.

Resources required

  • Access to the film Blueback 
  • Access to Kahoot 
  • Device capable of presenting video and audio to the class
  • Individual devices with access to the internet (optional)
  • Students’ workbooks or access to word-processing software
  • Student worksheet
  • Writing materials (optional)


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

  • Communication
  • Curiosity
  • Global citizenship
  • Ethical understanding
  • Empathy
  • 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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