Quick summary: This lesson encourages students to evaluate the claims made in the ‘Do The Maths’ presentation. They will learn some key ideas around the concept of climate change and use a visible thinking routine to substantiate the claims made in the presentation.
The Powerpoint can be used straight from the Cool Australia website or downloaded by clicking on the Powerpoint and using the SlideShare website.
- Students understand the relationship between maths and climate change.
- Students understand that there are a range of renewable energy technologies already available.
- Students recognise the environmental benefits of renewable energy.
- Students recognise personal actions that can be taken to fight climate change.
General capabilities: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 Science
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
Year 7 English
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to promote a point of view or enable a new way of seeing (ACELY1720)
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723)
Year 8 Science
- Energy appears in different forms including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and causes change within systems (ACSSU155)
- Scientific knowledge changes as new evidence becomes available, and some scientific discoveries have significantly changed people’s understanding of the world (ACSHE134)
Year 8 English
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content, including multimodal elements, to reflect a diversity of viewpoints (ACELY1731)
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret and evaluate texts by reflecting on the validity of content and the credibility of sources, including finding evidence in the text for the author’s point of view (ACELY1734)
Topic: Climate change
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and facilitate discussion
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, stopwatch.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Climate change, renewable energy, solar panels, wind turbines, hydropower, geothermal, electric cars, biomass.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.