Quick summary: In this activity students either work independently or in groups to research the role that oceans have to play in the carbon cycle, and how our oceans might be affected by climate change. Students will draw their own carbon cycle and then revisit the diagram after engaging in several further research activities. Parts of this activity are adapted from: oceanlink.info.
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- Students recognise the role of the oceans in the carbon cycle.
- Students understand the risks to the oceans from the climate change and the greenhouse effect.
- Students understand what is meant by the term ‘ocean acidification’.
- Students recognise the acidification of our oceans as one of the most significant environmental challenges we will have to face.
- Students recognise that it won’t just be marine species and ecosystems that are impacted; humans will also be affected by ocean acidification.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.2.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 10 Science
- Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere (ACSSU189)
- Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS208)
Year 10 Geography
- The human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)
- The application of human-environment systems thinking to understanding the causes and likely consequences of the environmental change being investigated (ACHGK073)
- Present findings, arguments and explanations in a range of appropriate communication forms selected for their effectiveness and to suit audience and purpose, using relevant geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS079)
Topic: Climate change
Time required: 120 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity
Resources required: Internet and computer access, student worksheet, infographic creation tool (e.g. Piktochart).
Digital technology opportunities: Infographic tool, digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for homework or extension.
Keywords: Ocean acidification, climate change, carbon cycle.
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