Every week there seems to be another story about the drought and struggling farmers But while its great that the country is aware of the issues in the bush it might be creating a whole new problem
|Scooped by Matt Noble|
This story on the children’s news program Behind the News focuses on the community of an agricultural high school in Urrbrae, South Australia. In the video the presenter and students discuss various roles important to rural communities: farming crops, large animal vet; architecture, wine making science, designing computer software for farming machinery; marketing products; researching ways of growing better crops; and others.
After the class watches the video, lead them in brainstorming the different roles that can make up a rural community. Each role could be written on a sheet of paper with a child standing somewhere in the classroom holding it up to represent someone with that job. Then the class is to establish relational links between these roles. Give other students pieces of yarn or wool and they have to connect two of the roles to each other explaining how they work together. For example, farming crops could be linked to designing computer software for machinery because better machinery will mean the work is easier for the person farming the crops. This task should involve all the students in visually conceptualising the make-up of a local rural community and how a variety of different roles interact with this specific environment.
The other community this video looks at is, obviously, an agricultural high school. Before or after the task it would be worthwhile asking the students what they thought of the school community and how they feel it’s similar and/or different from their school.