Quick summary: Students explore food webs and investigate some of the ways climate change might affect food webs. Students begin by looking at what a food web is, and then work in groups to use the ClimateWatch app to create a food web including animals in their local area. Students can then use one of two scenarios to explore how climate change might impact the food web they have created. Finally, students will consider how these impacts might affect the broader ecosystem.
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.
- Students investigate how food webs can help us to understand relationships between species.
- Students recognise how food webs can help us to predict the impacts of climate change on ecosystems.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 Science
- Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs (ACSSU112)
- Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions based on evidence (ACSIS130)
- Communicate ideas, findings and evidence based solutions to problems using scientific language, and representations, using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)
Year 8 Science
- Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions based on evidence (ACSIS145)
- Use scientific knowledge and findings from investigations to evaluate claims based on evidence (ACSIS234)
- Communicate ideas, findings and evidence based solutions to problems using scientific language, and representations, using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)
Syllabus outcomes: SC4-7WS, SC4-8WS, SC4-9WS, SC4-14LW, SC4-15LW.
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, ICT Capability.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.2.
Relevant parts of Year 7 Science achievement standards: Students predict the effect of human and environmental changes on interactions between organisms. They summarise data from different sources, and communicate their ideas, methods and findings using scientific language and appropriate representations.
Relevant parts of Year 8 Science achievement standards: 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: 60 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activities and lead students in discussion.
Resources required: Tablets with ClimateWatch app installed. Internet access. Student Worksheet – print one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Food Web Worksheet, Food Web Worksheet Answers one copy per student. Enough pieces of A6 paper for each student. Optional – Food Webs for Display.
Digital technology opportunities: ClimateWatch app.
Keywords: Earthwatch, ClimateWatch, citizen science, food chains, food webs, biodiversity, climate change, environment, citizen science, app.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.