Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students will explore some of the key points and issues around climate change, global warming and the greenhouse effect. Students working in groups to each explore one question around climate change, global warming and the greenhouse effect. Each group will create a poster, presentation or diagram to share their research with the rest of the class.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • Students gain a deeper understanding of climate change, the greenhouse effect and global warming, and recognise the differences between these three concepts.
  • Students understand that these issues are complex yet interconnected and have a range of causes and consequences.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1. Sustainability OI.2

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)
  • 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 outcomesSC5-13ES, SC5-7WS, SC5-8WS, SC5-9WS, SC5-12ES

Topic: Climate change

Time required: 1 hour plus time to present.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity

Resources required: Internet access, PowerPoint or poster making materials, student worksheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

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

Keywords: Climate change, global warming, greenhouse effect.

 

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 gain a deeper understanding of climate change, the greenhouse effect and global warming, and recognise the differences between these three concepts. Students also understand that these issues are complex yet interconnected and have a range of causes and consequences.

Hot tips: This activity is designed to introduce the topic of climate change, global warming and the greenhouse effect for those students who are unfamiliar with these subjects, or as a refresher for those students who are already familiar with them.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Break the class into 15 groups. Assign each group with one of the following questions:

  • What is the climate system?
  • What is the difference between weather and climate?
  • What is climate change?
  • What is the greenhouse effect? How are greenhouse gases warming up the planet?
  • What is the biggest source of greenhouse pollution?
  • What is global warming?
  • How are climate chang
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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What do we know about climate change, global warming and the greenhouse effect?

What is the climate system? 

 

What is the difference between weather and climate? 

 

What is climate change? 

 

What is the greenhouse effect? How are greenhouse gases warming up the planet? 

 

What is the biggest source of greenhouse pollution? 

 

What is global warming? 

 

How are climate change, the greenhouse effect and global warming related? 

 

What does Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) mean? 

 

What do we mean when we talk about the impacts of climate change and what are some examples of the impacts of climate change? 

 

What do we mean when we talk about the causes of climate change and what are some examples of the causes of climate change? 

 

During the past 100 years what has been the average global temperature increase? What has been the average yearly increase and what is the total increase over time? 

 

What has been the average

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