Quick summary: Teachers implementing this lesson can engage students in thinking about the practical implications of climate change on food production specific to a familiar lunchbox staple, the humble banana. Students will work through a series of linked literacy and numeracy activities to explore the impacts of climate change on Australia’s banana plantation farmers in recent years. This lesson meets selected Australian Curriculum outcomes for Years 3 and 4 in the subjects of Geography and Mathematics.
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 grasp the significance of climate change impacts upon food production in Australia.
- Students conceptualise the global climate change issue affecting life in their home country.
- Students work with maps to obtain and interpret data.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Year 3 HASS (Geography)
- The representation of Australia as states and territories and as Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples; and major places in Australia, both natural and human (ACHASSK066)
- Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions (ACHASSI060)
Year 3 Mathematics
- Recall multiplication facts of two, three, five and ten and related division facts (ACMNA056)
- Represent money values in multiple ways and count the change required for simple transactions to the nearest five cents (ACMNA059)
Year 4 Mathematics
- Develop efficient mental and written strategies and use appropriate digital technologies for multiplication and for division where there is no remainder (ACMNA076)
Year 4 HASS (Geography)
- The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people (ACHASSK088)
- Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions (ACHASSI081)
Time needed: 60 minutes.
Resources required: Internet, Student Worksheet.
Key words: Climate change, Earth Hour, impacts, future.
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