Activity Introduction

cool-burn-2Quick summary: Students explore the concepts of carbon credits and carbon trading. They discover how the knowledge of Indigenous Australians can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate income. Students work in groups to write a newspaper article detailing ways in which carbon trading is good for the environment and the economy. 

Learning goals:

  • Students build their understanding of carbon credits and carbon trading.
  • Students explore how cool burning can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Students discover that carbon trading benefits the environment and the economy. 

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, ethical understanding, intercultural understanding.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 5 Geography:

  • The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them (ACHASSK113)
  • The impact of bushfires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond (ACHASSK114)

 Year 5 Science:   

  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions. (ACSHE217)

Year 6 Science:

  • Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface (ACSSU096)

Year 5 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704)
  • Understand how to move beyond making bare assertions and take account of differing perspectives and points of view (ACELA1502)

Year 6 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714)
  • Analyse strategies authors use to influence readers (ACELY1801)

Syllabus OutcomesGE3-2, GE3-3ST3-6PWEN3-2A, EN3-5B, EN3-8D

Time needed: 60 min

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – keep it simple and refer back to teacher notes rather than the Internet.

Resources needed: Internet, Student Worksheet.

Extension opportunities: Explore and evaluate alternative carbon farming methods.

Key words: carbon trading, Carbon Trading Project, greenhouse gases, mitigation

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum. There is great diversity in histories and cultures among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia. This resource includes investigations into and information about some of them. It has an emphasis, but not an exclusive one, on the histories and cultural practices of the Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory. It is underpinned by consultation with Aboriginal communities in various parts of Australia. 

Special thanks to:

Fish River Station, John Daly, Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith, Peter Jacklyn, Peter McConchie, Dr Tommy George, David Claudie, Dale Musgrave, Carolyn George and Victor Steffensen.

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Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparationcarbon-credit-tree:

Overarching learning goals: Students explore the concepts of carbon credits and carbon trading. They discover how Indigenous knowledge can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate income for local land owners. Students work in groups to write a newspaper article detailing ways in which carbon trading is good for the environment and the economy.

Teacher content information: To reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, a variety of alternative practices exist. These include:

  1. Reducing the amount of energy we use by being more efficient, being less wasteful and finding alternatives to energy wastage.
  2. Using alternative forms of energy that produce fewer or no greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Making changes to agricultural practices that lessen greenhouse gas emissions.
  4. Managing landfill sites and sewage systems so methane gas is not released and preventing the escape of methane from gas pipes.
  5. Reducing the clearing of trees and the subsequent loss of
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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: what new types of jobs might exist in the future?

Part 1 - Finding out

Watch the videos below and complete the thinking routine table.

VIDEO 1: Critical choices in the critical decade - http://vimeo.com/79266486

VIDEO 2: Working with scientists - http://vimeo.com/79474018

VIDEO 3: Benefits for community - http://vimeo.com/79463044

Table 1: Thinking routine

E = Excited

What excites you about this idea or proposition? What’s the upside?

 

W = Worrisome

What do you find worrisome about this idea or proposition? What’s the downside?

 

N = Need to Know

What additional information would help you to evaluate things?

 

S = Stance or Suggestion for moving forward

What is your current stance or opinion on the idea or proposition?

How might you move forward in your evaluation of this idea or proposition?

 

Step 2: Group investigation - 'Carbon Trading - good for the environment and the hip po...

 
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