Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students investigate the role of renewable energy in helping fight climate change. Students begin by briefly looking at what personal actions we can all take to fight climate change with a particular focus on the energy we use. Students then look at a range of renewable energy types and work in groups to investigate these in detail and present their research to the class, including how these types of energy will help to fight climate change. Finally, students are asked to reflect upon their learning with a short quiz.

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.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand the relationship between energy – in particular the type of energy – 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: Literacy, ICT capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.6, OI.8.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 6 Science

  • Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity (ACSSU219)
  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220)
  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS110)

Syllabus Outcomes: ST3-6PW, ST3-4WS

Time needed: 48 mins

Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, stopwatch.

Digital technology opportunities: Prezi presentation, digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework or extension.

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.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Teacher content information: Earth Hour is a WWF-Australia initiative which has grown into the world’s largest community-driven campaign for the planet. At the centre of the campaign is the symbolic collective action of switching off the lights. Through this action, individuals, businesses, schools and communities join a visible statement of commitment to act on climate change. Participation remains a powerful reminder to our political leaders that there is ongoing concern and demand for the government to act on climate change.

This year Earth Hour is shining the spotlight on the impact of climate change on the Places We Love. One of the things that makes Australia so great is the beautiful outdoor lifestyle we live. From beaches, rainforests and rivers, to snow-capped mountains, coral reefs and lakes, we have one of the most beautiful countries in the world. But the healthy, outdoors lifestyle we enjoy is under threat from rising temperatures and more extreme wea

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What's the difference between renewable energy, alternative energy and green energy?

How can renewable energy help fight climate change?

Looking at your renewable energy

Investigate your renewable energy and create a short Prezi presentation (maximum 1 minute) that shares the following:

  • A description of your renewable energy and the technology used;
  • How and where this technology is currently being used;
  • What are the problems with this technology (e.g. does it have technological limitations or does it have community opposition)?
  • How is this energy is renewable and how does it help to fight climate change?
  • Supporting images or video.

Be prepared to share your presentation with the class.


Quick quiz

What does renewable energy mean?

Describe 4 types of renewable energy, using one sentence for each:








How does renewable energy help fight climate change? Explain:


What are some of the problems with renewable energy?

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