Activity Introduction

people swimming Gunlom Kakadu WWFQuick 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.

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 explore climate change.
  • Students build their thinking and questioning skills.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability O1.1, O1.2.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

This lesson can be used with all the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum that relate to energy and climate change.

Time needed: 20 minutes.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently by watching the video in the Student Worksheet.

Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, 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

Earth-Hour-river-heroTeacher Preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students take responsibility for their own learning by watching a video on climate change and completing a thinking routine which cements their understanding.

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,

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: What is the difference between weather and climate?

Watch the video and then fill in the table below.

Climate Change Everyone's Business

 I used to think.... 

 But now I think...


Make a list of three questions that you want to know the answer to:


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