In this lesson, students investigate some of the jobs in farming and agriculture. Students begin by looking at farmers and thinking about what tasks they work on throughout a day. Students then think about some of the other roles that can be found in agriculture more broadly. Students work as a class to create interview questions in preparation for conducting an interview with someone who works in agriculture and farming. Students will conduct an interview with this guest and use learnings from their interview to guide further activities or studies.
- understand that there are a range of jobs in farming and agriculture.
- understand how conducting an interview is a good way of sourcing information
- cite examples of different jobs that have different tasks and roles
- design and conduct an interview
- differentiate between open-ended and closed questions
Lesson guides and printables
Australian curriculum content descriptions:
Year 3 HASS:
- Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (ACHASSI052)
- Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI053)
- Interact with others with respect to share points of view (ACHASSI059)
Year 4 HASS:
- Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (ACHASSI073)
- Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI074)
- Interact with others with respect to share points of view (ACHASSI080)
Year 3 English:
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print, and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1682)
- Re-read and edit texts for meaning, appropriate structure, grammatical choices and punctuation (ACELY1683)
Year 4 English:
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features (ACELY1694)
- Re-read and edit for meaning by adding, deleting or moving words or word groups to improve content and structure (ACELY1695)
Years 3 & 4 Design and Technologies:
- Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Literacy.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7.
Relevant parts of Year 3 HASS achievement standards: Students pose questions and locate and collect information from sources, including observations, to answer these questions.
Relevant parts of Year 4 HASS achievement standards: Students develop questions to investigate. They locate and collect information and data from different sources including observations to answer these questions. Students share their points of view, respecting the views of others.
Relevant parts of Year 3 English achievement standards: Students create a range of texts for familiar and unfamiliar audiences and re-read and edit their writing, checking their work for appropriate vocabulary, structure and meaning.
Relevant parts of Year 4 English achievement standards: Students create structured texts to explain ideas for different audiences. They demonstrate understanding of grammar, select vocabulary from a range of resources and use accurate spelling and punctuation, re-reading and editing their work to improve meaning.
Relevant parts of Year 3 & 4 Design and Technologies achievement standards: Students explain how products, services and environments are designed to best meet needs of communities and their environments.
Time required: 60+ mins, including time for conducting interviews.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate class discussion, lead students in creating interview questions, organise guest to be interviewed, assist students in conducting interviews.
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student
- A device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Mind Map Jobs Sheet (one per student)
- Sticky notes. Pens/pencils
- A device capable of creating audio-visual recordings, such as an iPad or camera (optional)
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Community engagement
- Critical thinking
- Social skills
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.