Activity Introduction

water-hero22-260x300Quick summary: In this tuning in activity students are asked to think about what they already know of climate change and to use this knowledge to make predictions about what will happen to our environment in the future. Students begin by identifying environmental problems that they know about and want to know about. Working collaboratively, students will then identify their top 10 environmental problems and will speculate on how different the environment of 2200 will be to the environment of today. Finally students are asked to create a timeline of environmental change for the future.

These activities “… are an invaluable tool for teachers to address climate change in an educationally relevant, scientifically sound, and action-­based way.” – Tim Flannery (Read more)

Learning goals:

  • Students identify their existing knowledge around climate change and major environmental issues.
  • Students make predictions about environmental change.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 7 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 (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

  • Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere (ACSSU189)

Syllabus OutcomesSC4-11PW, SC5-13ES, SC5-12ES

Topic: We the Weather Makers

Time required: 60 mins

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

Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, Y-chart (download and print or ask students to create their own), materials for creating timeline (drawing materials or online tools such as Capzles).

Digital technology opportunities: Infographic creation (DIY infographic background information), digital sharing capabilities.

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

Key reading from We Are the Weather Makers: Introduction – What is climate change?

Further reading from the book: Chapter 15 – Rising `Waters, Chapter 21 – The End of Civilisation?, Chapter 30 – Over to You

Keywords: Climate change, environment, future, predictions.

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

Cool Australia would like to acknowledge:

  • Tim Flannery
  • David Harding, Rose Iser, Sally Stevens
  • Text Publishing and Purves Environmental Fund
  • Climate Council
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Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

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Overarching learning goal: Students participating in this activity are able to identify their existing knowledge around climate change and major environmental issues and are able to make predictions about environmental change.

Teacher content information:

Video - CLIMATE 101 with Bill NYE - http://youtu.be/3v-w8Cyfoq8

In addition, this image (Climate change around the world) shows a list of climate change impacts around the world and this website (A Journey Through Climate History - http://www.abc.net.au/environment/?content=climate-history) includes a range of possible future scenarios.

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For more reliable information about climate change in Australia, visit the Climate Council.

 

Student and classroom organisation

Step 1. Begin by asking students to read the We Are the Weather Maker quotes and complete the table (available on the Student Worksheet): 4 things I already know about the environmental problems confronting Planet Earth and 4 things I want t

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What is inter-generational equity?

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Part 1. Read the quote above from We Are the Weather Makers and complete the table below:

4 things I already know about the environmental problems confronting Planet Earth

4 things I want to know about the environmental problems confronting Planet Earth

1. 1.
2. 2.
3. 3.
4. 4.

Part 2. Using this Y-chart (or create your own), work in pairs to detail what the environment around you looks like, feels like and sounds like at the moment. Include information about your local community and the town/city you live in or that is closest to you.

Part 3. You and your partner have been asked to prepare a secret document about the current state of the planet. It will be placed in a time capsule for future generations. The capsule will be sealed and buried on the coast of South Australia. You should include information about Planet Earth's forests, atmosphere, water, population, resource use

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