Quick summary: This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content by watching a video in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work.
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 understand how they can save energy.
- Students recognise ways to motivate other people to save energy.
- Students build their thinking and questioning skills.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 Science
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
- Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120)
Year 8 Science
- Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135)
Year 9 Science
- People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE160)
Year 10 Science
- People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE194)
Year 10 Geography
- The human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)
- The environmental worldviews of people and their implications for environmental management (ACHGK071)
Time needed: 20 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently.
Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, Student Worksheet.
Key words: Energy, climate change, renewable energy, behavioural science.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.