Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students look at how the climate in Australia and around the world has changed over time by creating a climate change timeline. Students work in three groups; one groups looks at historical changes to climate; another group looks at predicted future changes; and the third group creates the timeline and a class wide glossary on the topic.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand that the Earth’s climate has always been changing.
  • Students understand that changes in climate affect different parts of the world in different ways, and can have a big impact on the life that exists there.
  • Students recognise that changes in the Earth’s climate have been dramatic since the Industrial Revolution.
  • Students understand that science is used to tell us about our past and to make predictions about our future.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 10 Science

  • Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere (ACSSU189)
  • People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE194)
  • Scientific understanding, including models and theories, are contestable and are refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (ACSHE191)
  • Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence (ACSIS204)
  • Critically analyse the validity of information in secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems (ACSIS206)
  • Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS208)

Syllabus outcomes: SC5-12ES, SC5-13ES, SC5-7WS, SC5-8WS, SC5-9WS

 

Topic: Climate change

Time required: 48 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity

Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, materials for creating timeline (paper, cardboard, pens/pencils, sticky tape).

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension or homework.

Keywords: Climate change, history, future, timeline, glossary.

 

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: Students understand that the Earth's climate has always been changing and that changes in climate affect different parts of the world in different ways, and can have a big impact on the life that exists there. Students recognise that changes in the Earth's climate have been dramatic since the Industrial Revolution and that science can be used to tell us about our past and to make predictions about our future.

Teacher content information:

Cool Australia Presents Climate Change from Cool Australia on Vimeo.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Hold an introductory discussion/review with students around the following:

  • What is the difference between climate and weather? (Definition from NASA: The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere "behaves" over relatively long periods of time.)
  • Give an e
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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: What do we know about climate in the past and climate in the future?

Watch this clip about the history of climate change - what is the future for our climate?

A Brief History of Climate Changes http://vimeo.com/39772292

 

Group 1. Instructions for investigating changes to climate throughout the Earth's history

You will be looking at how the climate has changed throughout the course of the Earth's history until present day. This will include changes caused by natural events such as volcanic eruptions and naturally occurring increase in greenhouse gas emissions. It will also include more recent changes such as those that have occurred since the Industrial Revolution.

Record any information you find regarding significant changes in climate using the questions below to guide your research. The information you collect will be inserted into a timeline (constructed by Group 3) that will be displayed on the walls of the classroom.

You will also be providing Group 3 wi

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