Earth Hour – Lesson Plan

The following is a lesson plan I have created to demonstrate how I would incorporate technology into a lesson.

The lesson is one lesson within a Term Project:

Lesson Plan by Angela Harvey

Earth Hour: “The view from down here on Earth”
Lesson TitleLesson Date and Time


Learning Areas


Lights, camera, blackout – Part 1Week 6 (Lesson 11 of 20)

Tuesday 4th March 2015



Earth Hour Term project: Working in groups of 4 make a video promoting Earth Hour to the local community.Project Aims:

  • Explore the contemporary issue of global warming and Earth Hour as a solution, what does Earth Hour aim to achieve for global warming? Examine Earth Hour’s prospect from a local level.
  • Create a persuasive text to target the local community to encourage participation in Earth Hour.
Curriculum links  Year 7 English – Literacy

Expressing and developing ideas

  • Analyse how point of view is generated in visual texts by means of choices, for example gaze, angle and social distance (ACELA1764)

Creating texts

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)

Science – Science as a Human Endeavour

Use and influence of science

  • Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120)

Source: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (2013)

Previous lessons in term plan Wk1 (2 × 1hr lessons) – research and discussionWk2 (2 × 1hr lessons) – persuasive texts & methods to convey information and ideas

Wk3 (2 × 1hr lessons) – researching persuasive videos, experimenting with digital cameras &, collaborating ideas for project

W 4 (2 × 1hr lessons) – drafting project script & storyboards incorporating research & persuasive positioning

Wk 5 (2 × 1hr lessons) – finalizing script & storyboards

Learning Objectives 
  • Develop digital literacy using digital camera, camera equipment, editing and basic computer software
  • Create a digital persuasive text within a collaborative group dynamic
  • Time management & management of multiple roles within a group project
Prior knowledge
  • Understanding of how point of view is generated in visual texts
  • Digital camera literacy: operating, filming, downloading & saving
Preparation:You will need

  • 6 digital cameras & equipment
  • Access to computer lab (at end of lesson)


 Students will need

  • Completed storyboards & filming plans
Lesson Introduction: 5 minutes

  • Lesson outline & allocated times (link) on Interactive Whiteboard (IWB)
  • Students divide into their filming groups; nominated member collects camera and equipment & conducts a check of camera equipment, battery, tripod, data card
  • Nominated member collects group’s storyboards & filming plan

Lesson body: 30 minutes

  • 3 groups will be supervised by teacher aide
  • 3 groups will be supervised by teacher
  • Groups have 30 minutes (with 10 minute interval warnings) to film storyboards within their designated areas (school grounds)

Back-up & pack-up: 20 minutes

  • (10 minutes) Teacher aide 3 groups return to computer lab and download their group footage onto computer, saving back-up to USB
  • Return to classroom to pack-up digital camera & discuss last session of filming, collaborate over editing their film and including music, special effects and voiceover – exchanging ideas in light of the footage filmed
  • (10 minutes) Teacher 3 groups return to computer lab and do the same as groups above

Conclusion: 5 minutes

  • Ask class how their filming sessions went
  • Questions (IWB) to review: teamwork; efficiency; collaboration (accepting of ideas, putting ideas into action, offering encouragement, motivation);
  • Discuss next (& final) filming session: have you got a clear plan of final filming session?
Evaluation Was the lesson a success? Discuss with supervising Teacher Aide:

  • Were groups balancing filming with discussion & collaboration, or was the balance too far either way?
  • Did the groups work cooperatively to achieve their filming plans, discuss new ideas, make group decisions to make necessary or creative changes?
  • Were the groups developing their language in – giving instruction or direction; digital technology (camera & computer terminology); group interaction (active listening, reflecting others ideas, positive feedback, respectfully disagreeing, making and communicating decisions)?
Lesson to follow:

  • Part 2 filming lesson: complete filming all digital camera footage & store footage on computer ready for editing
References:Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (2013). Retrieved from


Attached is a copy of this lesson plan as a Word document

EDC101 – Assess 3 – Teaching_Episode_Template


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