Activity Introduction

 

In this lesson, students will view a clip from the documentary 2040 and examine data related to CO2 in the atmosphere. They will participate in a whole class graphing activity to explore how CO2 levels have changed over time. Students will then calculate percentages from ‘parts per million’.

 

Finally, students will reflect on the implications of rising CO2 in the atmosphere and be introduced to the concept of carbon ‘drawdown’, which can be extended in 2040 – Reducing Our Carbon Footprint – Years 5 & 6.

 

Learning Intentions

  • Students will understand that Carbon Dioxide is a gas that naturally exists, although in very small proportions, as a component of Earth’s atmosphere
  • Students will learn how atmospheric gases (such as CO2) are measured in ‘parts per million’ and also how to convert parts per million into a percentage measurement
  • Students will learn how to construct, and interpret a time series graph and use appropriate vocabulary to explain the changes in a given quantity or phenomena over time

Lesson & Curriculum Details

  • Topic: Learning through Film, Climate Change.
  • Unit of work: 2040 – Mathematics – Years 5 & 6
  • Time required: 65 mins.
  • Level of teacher scaffolding:  High – direct instruction, scaffolding, and guiding activities.
  • Keywords: 2040 documentary, sustainability, climate change, air, atmosphere, pollution, carbon absorption, Carbon Dioxide (CO2), carbon storage, gas, global warming, horizontal scale, increments, Industrial Revolution, non-renewable energy, percentage, renewable energy, scale, timeline, vertical.

To view our Australian Curriculum alignment click here.

To view our NZ Curriculum alignment click here.

Resources Required

  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student.
  • A device capable of presenting a video to the class. 
  • Tall glass with 10 increments on it, marked as a scale from 0 to 100 (ie, going up by 10s). 
  • Jug of water,
  • coloured liquid or coloured rice. 
  • Whiteboard and markers. 
  • Sticky notes – 1 pad. 
  • Large, blank wall space OR whiteboard OR window (with room for students to move around in front). 
  • Chalk or non-permanent marker (to write on wall/board/window). 
  • Global Temperature Record Factsheet
  • CO2 Data Table (this can be either projected, printed and given to students or recreated on a whiteboard).

Accessing the Film

2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important NOW!  Director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. 

In Australia: Order the Schools Version of the 2040 DVD. The Schools Version includes an educational license and is for Australian primary and secondary schools that wish to utilise the film as a learning tool or host free on-site screenings for the school community.

In New Zealand: Find out how to see the film here. 2040 is currently only available in NZ cinemas and you can make a group booking for your class at your local cinema. The Schools Version of the DVD and BluRay will be released in New Zealand on 7th November 2019. This version includes an educational licence that covers classroom use and on-site screenings for the school community. To pre-order a copy for your school, please email: [email protected].

 

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

Cool Australia, GoodThing Productions and Regen Pictures would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of Good Pitch AustraliaShark Island InstituteDocumentary Australia FoundationThe Caledonia Foundation and our philanthropic partners in the development of these teaching resources.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

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Learning intentions: Students will…

  • ... understand that carbon dioxide is a gas that naturally exists, although in very small proportions, as a component of Earth’s atmosphere
  • ... learn how atmospheric gases (such as CO2) are measured in ‘parts per million’ and also how to convert parts per million into a percentage measurement
  • ... learn how to construct and interpret a time series graph and use appropriate vocabulary to explain the changes in a given quantity or phenomena over time

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... identify several key gases in the Earth’s atmosphere and describe the way they are measured in ‘parts per million’
  • ... convert parts per million into a percentage measurement
  • ... construct a time series graph from a simple data set

Teacher content information: A 2018 study by The University of Melbourne on the thoughts and concerns of young people from Generations X and Y found the number one concern across both groups was lack

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What's the deal with Carbon Dioxide? Surely an invisible, tasteless and smell-less gas can’t really be such a drama? Can it?

The Issue of Atmospheric Carbon

Watch this clip:

2040 - Exploring the Themes Password: 2040_EDU (https://vimeo.com/317186740) 

While you’re watching, complete the table below.

SEE – What did you see as you watched this video?

HEAR – What did you hear the narrator talk about in the video?

WONDER – What questions arose as you watched?

After watching, complete Column A. Then wait for further instructions.

  • Column A - There were many ideas presented in this clip, by the narrator, about the problem we face today regarding the Earth’s atmosphere.
    What THREE ideas did you find most interesting? 
  • Column B - Share your thoughts in column A with a partner and note down anything new.
  • Column C - What were some ideas shared in the class discussion that you hadn't considered before?
Column A Column B Co
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