In this lesson, students investigate what is involved in being a farmer. Students begin by thinking about some of the different types of agricultural jobs available, before focusing on farmers. Students participate in a guided discussion around a clip about farming and then work in groups to create their own guided discussions around other farming clips that they will present to the class.
- understand some of the key tasks, challenges and benefits of farming in Australia
- be able to engage in guided discussions to interrogate what is being presented in a clip
- know what farming can look like
- create a guided discussion around a clip
- work collaboratively
- participate in group discussions
Lesson guides and printables
Australian curriculum content descriptions:
Year 5 HASS:
- Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI094)
- Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI102)
Year 6 HASS:
- Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI122)
- Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI130)
Year 5 & 6 Design and Technologies:
- Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments and prepared to enable people to grow and be healthy (ACTDEK021)
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7.
Relevant parts of Year 5 HASS achievement standards: Students develop questions for an investigation and work with others to generate responses to an issue or challenge.
Relevant parts of Year 6 HASS achievement standards: Students develop appropriate questions to frame an investigation and collaboratively generate responses to an issue.
Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 Design and Technologies achievement standards: Students explain how social, ethical, technical and sustainability considerations influence the design of solutions to meet a range of present and future needs.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in guided discussion, assist students with the creation of guided discussions.
- Student Worksheets (one copy per student)
- A device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Devices for students to watch videos on (e.g. tablets or desktop computers)
- What is Farming Question Sheet (one copy per student)
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
This lesson has been developed in partnership with The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. For over 160 years, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has been running the Royal Melbourne Show which, like other agricultural shows around the country, works to build the community’s knowledge and understanding of the vital role agriculture plays in our everyday lives.