This unit is based on Tim Flannery's internationally acclaimed publication 'We Are the Weather Makers'. It presents climate science in a way that students and teachers can easily understand. Students learn the implications of global climate change but feel empowered to take action and do something about it. The activities are aligned with the 'We A... Read more »

Tuning in

A tuning in activity helps students to define and focus on the issues they will be dealing with in the unit of work.

  1. Weather Makers – Tuning in to our environment
    Weather Makers – Tuning in to our environment

Finding Out

Students will need to obtain more information about the issues they are going to investigate. They can identify questions of interest and research these either in small groups or on their own. Once information is gathered, it can be shared using chosen communication methods e.g. short presentations. Students can continue finding out by completing a range of investigations, including gathering data. They use appropriate methods to present and communicate what they have found out.

  1. Weather Makers – Extreme weather
    Weather Makers – Extreme weather
  2. Weather Makers – Is the ozone layer a good news story?
    Weather Makers – Is the ozone layer a good news story?
  3. Weather Makers – Looking into the future
    Weather Makers – Looking into the future
  4. Weather Makers – Can you trust the Internet?
    Weather Makers – Can you trust the Internet?
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  9. Weather Makers – For or against nuclear power?
    Weather Makers – For or against nuclear power?
  10. Weather Makers – Sink or swim?
    Weather Makers – Sink or swim?
  11. Weather Makers – Water vapour and CO2
    Weather Makers – Water vapour and CO2
  12. Weather Makers – Understanding ocean acidification
    Weather Makers – Understanding ocean acidification
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  17. Weather Makers – Oceans and sinks
    Weather Makers – Oceans and sinks
  18. Weather Makers – Understanding greenhouse gases
    Weather Makers – Understanding greenhouse gases
  19. Weather Makers – The role of plants in managing CO2
    Weather Makers – The role of plants in managing CO2
  20. Weather Makers – Where is the carbon?
    Weather Makers – Where is the carbon?
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  25. Weather Makers – Water worries
    Weather Makers – Water worries

Considering Social Action

Students are given opportunities to apply their learning in real world situations, in the classroom, school, home or the local community.

  1. Weather Makers – Creating a shared climate future – 7 & 8
    Weather Makers – Creating a shared climate future – 7 & 8
  2. Weather Makers – Creating a shared climate future – 9 & 10
    Weather Makers – Creating a shared climate future – 9 & 10