Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson students synthesise what they have learned from the ClimateWatch unit and develop a plan to engage their community in citizen science. Students will work in groups to identify a local plant or animal species, then brainstorm an idea to develop a project that aims to engage the community in researching and taking action for this species through citizen science. Next, they collaboratively plan their project and execute this plan. Finally, students are asked to reflect upon the success of their project and their role in creating and executing the project.

 

This lesson has been developed in partnership with Earthwatch. Earthwatch developed the ClimateWatch program with the Bureau of Meteorology and The University of Melbourne to understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the seasonal behaviour of Australia’s plants and animals. 

 

 

Learning intention:

  • Students will know how climate change might affect the biodiversity in their own community.
  • Students will understand how to engage the local community in action for climate change and local biodiversity.
  • Students will be able to drive the processes required for planning and executing a social action project.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 7 Science

  • Science knowledge can develop through collaboration across the disciplines of science and the contributions of people from a range of cultures (ACSHE223)
  • Communicate ideas, findings and evidence based solutions to problems using scientific language, and representations, using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)

Year 8 Science

  • Science knowledge can develop through collaboration across the disciplines of science and the contributions of people from a range of cultures (ACSHE226)
  • Communicate ideas, findings and evidence based solutions to problems using scientific language, and representations, using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)

Syllabus outcomes: SC4-9WS, SC4-17CW.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.6, OI.7, OI.8, OI.9.

Relevant parts of Year 7 Science achievement standards: Students describe situations where scientific knowledge from different science disciplines and diverse cultures has been used to solve a real-world problem. Students will communicate their ideas, methods and findings using scientific language and appropriate representations. 

Relevant parts of Year 8 Science achievement standards: Students describe situations in which scientists collaborated to generate solutions to contemporary problems. Students use appropriate language and representations to communicate science ideas and findings in a range of text types.

Topic: Biodiversity, Climate Change.

Unit of work: ClimateWatch: Citizen Science – Science – Years 7 & 8.

Time needed: 150+ mins (plus time for students to complete action projects)

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee discussion, lead students in activities.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – 1 copy per student.  1 copy of  the Social Action Question. Enough copies of the Social Action Quotes sheet for each group of 3-4 students to get 1 quote each. 1 printed copy of Project Planning Tool for each group. Project Checklist. Butcher’s paper and marker pens. Online stopwatch

Keywords: Earthwatch, ClimateWatch, citizen science, social action, project, community.

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

Learning intentions:

  • Students will know how climate change might affect the biodiversity in their own community.
  • Students will understand how to engage the local community in action for climate change and local biodiversity.
  • Students will be able to drive the processes required for planning and executing a social action project.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... investigate how climate change might affect biodiversity in their own community by choosing and researching a local key species.
  • ... engage their local community to take action for climate change and local biodiversity using citizen science.
  • ... plan and execute a social action project.

Teacher content information: ClimateWatch is a citizen science initiative developed by Earthwatch that seeks to educate people from across Australia on the issue of climate change and empower them to contribute to solutions. Through its ClimateWatch program, Earthwatch works with educators to help t

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: How can citizen science help your local biodiversity?

Reflection questions

Work independently to answer the following questions:

Project reflection:

1. What parts of the project were the most successful and why?

2. What parts of the project were the least successful and why?

3. How would you improve these parts?

4. Overall, how would you improve the project?

5. What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

6. How could you extend or continue your project?

Self reflection:

1. Which of your skills and interests were involved in delivering your project?

2. How did you contribute to your group's success?

3. What would you do differently next time?

4. What was the best part of working on this project and why?

5. What was the worst part and why?

6. What impact did you have?

7. What are you most proud of?

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