Quick summary: In this activity students look at how the climate in Australia and around the world has changed over time by creating a climate change timeline. Students work in three groups; one groups looks at historical changes to climate; another group looks at predicted future changes; and the third group creates the timeline and a class wide glossary on the topic.
- Students understand that the Earth’s climate has always been changing.
- Students understand that changes in climate affect different parts of the world in different ways, and can have a big impact on the life that exists there.
- Students recognise that changes in the Earth’s climate have been dramatic since the Industrial Revolution.
- Students understand that science is used to tell us about our past and to make predictions about our future.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 10 Science
- Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere (ACSSU189)
- People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE194)
- Scientific understanding, including models and theories, are contestable and are refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (ACSHE191)
- Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence (ACSIS204)
- Critically analyse the validity of information in secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems (ACSIS206)
- Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS208)
Syllabus outcomes: SC5-12ES, SC5-13ES, SC5-7WS, SC5-8WS, SC5-9WS.
Topic: Climate change
Time required: 48 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, materials for creating timeline (paper, cardboard, pens/pencils, sticky tape).
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension or homework.
Keywords: Climate change, history, future, timeline, glossary.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.