Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students investigate the role of renewable energy in helping fight climate change. Students begin by briefly looking at what personal actions we can all take to fight climate change with a particular focus on the energy we use. Students then look at a range of renewable energy types and work in groups to investigate these in detail and present their research to the class, including how these types of energy will help to fight climate change. Finally, students are asked to reflect upon their learning with a short quiz.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand the relationship between energy – in particular the type of energy – and climate change.
  • Students understand that there are a range of renewable energy technologies already available.
  • Students recognise the environmental benefits of renewable energy.
  • Students recognise personal actions that can be taken to fight climate change.

General capabilities: Literacy, ICT capability.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 6 Science

  • Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity (ACSSU219)
  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220)
  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS110)

Syllabus OutcomesST3-6PW, ST3-4WS

Topic: Climate change

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and facilitate discussion

Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, stopwatch.

Digital technology opportunities: Prezi presentation, digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework or extension.

Keywords: Climate change, renewable energy, solar panels, wind turbines, hydropower, geothermal, electric cars, biomass.

 

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: In this activity students will understand the relationship between energy - in particular the type of energy - and climate change. Students will investigate the range of renewable energy technologies already available and recognise the environmental benefits of renewable energy. Students will also identify personal actions that can be taken to fight climate change.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Begin this activity by breaking the class into four groups and asking each group to think of 5 personal actions we can all take to help address climate change. Give groups 1 minute to think of their actions. Ask groups to share their suggestions and write these on the board. Suggestions could include:

  • Ride your bike or walk
  • Catch the bus/public transport
  • Eat less meat
  • Buy less stuff
  • Buy secondhand or share
  • Save water
  • Use less energy
  • Use renewable/green energy

Looking at the suggestions, discuss with your students which

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter:What's the difference between renewable energy, alternative energy and green energy?

How can renewable energy help fight climate change?

Looking at your renewable energy

Investigate your renewable energy and create a short Prezi presentation (maximum 1 minute) that shares the following:

  • A description of your renewable energy and the technology used;
  • How and where this technology is currently being used;
  • What are the problems with this technology (e.g. does it have technological limitations or does it have community opposition)?
  • How is this energy is renewable and how does it help to fight climate change?
  • Supporting images or video.

Be prepared to share your presentation with the class.

 

Quick quiz

What does renewable energy mean?

 

Describe 4 types of renewable energy, using one sentence for each:

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How does renewable energy help fight climate change? Explain:

 

 

What are some of the problems with renewable energy?

 

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