Activity Introduction

bananas-heroQuick summary: In this interactive whiteboard lesson students explore the impact climate change is having on Australia’s food and farmers. They distinguish the difference between floods and droughts in relation to climate change impacts. Students begin to think about the practical implications of climate change on food production specific to a familiar lunchbox staple, the humble banana.

earth-hour-160x160In 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 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.

Requirements for this lesson: Interactive Whiteboard, Smart Notebook software.

In this lesson students will:

  • Students are able to define climate change
  • Students are able to understand the significance of Earth Hour and climate 
  • Students are able to distinguish the difference between flood and drought and 
how both are related to climate change
  • Students recognise some of the steps involved in banana production
  • Students recognise the different Australian states and are able to determine the 
main state for banana production
  • Students begin to recognise the effect of climate change on Australian 

Interactive components

  • Click to reveal
  • Rub and reveal
  • Interactive sharing techniques

Cross-curricular priorities: Sustainability

  • OI.3 – Sustainable patterns of living rely on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological 
  • OI.6 – The sustainability of ecological, social and economic systems is achieved through informed individual and 
community action that values local and global equity and fairness across generations into the future.
  • OI.9 – Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of 

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Year levels: Year 3 & 4, Year 5 & 6

Supporting resources: Bananas and climate change in Australia fact sheet

Download the file below!






Banana Drama Smartboard v2 Lesson (Download)


Teacher Worksheet

Earth-Hour-sugarcane-farmer-2-heroTip and tricks for this lesson!

Teacher instructions

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All of Cool Australia IWB lessons use Smart Notebook software. This software is included with the Smart Board but is compatible with many other interactive whiteboards. It allows users to compile notes, images, and other media into virtual notebooks which can be projected and edited using the Smart Board itself.

1. When downloading the file from Cool Australia's website some browsers will need the .notebook extension. To add this extension to the file name select the “Save As” option when downloading the file, then select the dropdown box on the bottom and select “All Files” and add .notebook to the end of it.

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