Quick summary: Students begin to think about the practical implications of climate change on food production specific to a familiar lunchbox staple, the humble banana. They will work through a series of linked literacy and numeracy activities to explore the impacts of climate change on Australia’s farmers. This lesson meets selected Australian Curriculum outcomes for Years 7 and 8 in the subjects of Science and Design and Technologies.
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 around Australia.
- Students conceptualise the global climate change issue affecting life in their home country.
Cross curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.2.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Year 7 & 8 Design and Technologies
- Analyse how food and fibre are produced when designing managed environments and how these can become more sustainable (ACTDEK032)
Year 7 Science
- People use understanding and skills from across the disciplines of science in their occupations (ACSHE224)
Year 8 Science
- Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management (ACSHE136)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-13ES.
Time needed: 60 minutes.
Resources required: Internet, Student Worksheet.
Key words: Climate change, Earth Hour, impacts, future, farming.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.