Quick summary: This activity has been designed to introduce students to the topic of climate change and provide students with the opportunity to create and investigate personally important questions around this topic. Students begin the activity by brainstorming climate change and creating a word cloud. Students then read information about climate change from the Cool Australia Climate Change Toolbox and develop questions about what they read using question starters. They are then asked to investigate these questions and present their answers to the class. This lesson meets selected Australian Curriculum outcomes for Years 7 and 8 in the subjects of English and Science.
In 2016, Earth Hour will celebrate the places we love that make our outdoor lifestyle and the Aussie way of life so great. Our beaches, rivers, reefs, snow-capped mountains, farmland and national parks uniquely distinguish Australia as the “lucky country”. You can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting earthhour.org.au to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register in Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 18th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 19th March 8:30-9:30pm.
- Students recognise that different people think about climate change in different ways.
- Students understand that there are common themes in how different people think about climate change and that these can be ordered or grouped.
- Students understand that climate change is a complex issue with difficult questions.
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability – OI.1, OI.5.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 7 English
- Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning (ACELY1804)
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)
- Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to confidently create, edit and publish written and multimodal texts (ACELY1728)
Year 7 Science
- Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS124)
- Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)
Year 8 English
- Use interaction skills for identified purposes, using voice and language conventions to suit different situations, selecting vocabulary, modulating voice and using elements such as music, images and sound for specific effects (ACELY1808)
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
- Experiment with text structures and language features to refine and clarify ideas to improve the effectiveness of students’ own texts (ACELY1810)
- Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to create, edit and publish texts imaginatively (ACELY1738)
Year 8 Science
- Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS139)
- Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)
Time required: 60 mins
Resources needed: Internet and computer access, Cool Australia website, student worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Wordle, digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework.
Keywords: Climate change, brainstorming, word cloud.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.