Activity Introduction

people swimming Gunlom Kakadu WWFQuick summary: Teachers can use this lesson to introduce Earth Hour to their students and promote participation in their Earth Hour Action. Students will watch a short video, participate in discussion and complete worksheet activities. This lesson helps teachers draw attention to the issues of climate change affecting the places we love in Australia. It meets selected Australian Curriculum outcomes for Years 7 and 8 in the subject of English.

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 aims of Earth Hour.
  • Students determine ways in which they can get involved with the Earth Hour movement.
  • Students consider steps they could take to raise awareness about climate change in their community.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

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

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 7 English:

  • Discuss aspects of texts, for example their aesthetic and social value, using relevant and appropriate metalanguage (ACELT1803)
  • Understand, interpret and discuss how language is compressed to produce a dramatic effect in film or drama, and to create layers of meaning in poetry, for example haiku, tankas, couplets, free verse and verse novels (ACELT1623)
  • Use prior knowledge and text processing strategies to interpret a range of types of texts (ACELY1722)

Year 8 English:

  • Recognise and explain differing viewpoints about the world, cultures, individual people and concerns represented in texts (ACELT1807)
  • Analyse how the text structures and language features of persuasive texts, including media texts, vary according to the medium and mode of communication (ACELA1543)
  • Apply increasing knowledge of vocabulary, text structures and language features to understand the content of texts (ACELY1733)

Syllabus OutcomesEN4-1A, EN4-2A, EN4-5C, EN4-8D

Time needed: 60 minutes.

Resources required: Internet, Student Worksheet.

Key words: Climate change, Earth Hour, impacts, future.

 Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

mt ossa wwfTeacher preparation

You will need: Prepare copies of the Student Worksheet What on earth is Earth Hour? – one copy of each per student. Make arrangements to screen or digitally share the video in the introductory phase of the lesson.    

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. Fr

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: Who is most impacted by climate change?

Earth Hour 2015 Official Video (

Apply the following reading strategies to work out which words are missing from the text:

  • The context of the sentence (ask yourself ‘What is the overall meaning of this sentence?’)
  • The rules of grammar (ask yourself ‘Which part of speech fits here?’)
  • Your prior knowledge  (ask yourself ‘What do I already know about this topic that could provide a clue?’)

Write the missing words in the spaces.

What on earth is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour was launched in Sydney in 2007, with 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses participating in the ‘lights off’ event. Just one year later, Earth Hour became a global phenomenon with over 35 _______________ participating.

In 2014, Earth Hour was celebrated in over 162 countries and over 7000 cities and towns worldwide. The symbolic hour has grown into the world’s largest grassroots movement for the ____________________, inspiri

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