Quick summary: Students are introduced to the topics of climate change and phenology. Students begin by brainstorming what they already know about climate change and then watch a clip to explore the issue further. Students then create a mindmap to explore how climate change might affect biodiversity, and watch another clip that shows how the science of phenology can be used to help us understand how climate change is impacting on biodiversity.
The lessons in this unit have 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 know how climate change impacts biodiversity.
- Students are able to relate the study of phenology to wider environmental impacts.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 Science
- Communicate ideas, findings and evidence based solutions to problems using scientific language, and representations, using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)
Year 8 Science
- Communicate ideas, findings and evidence based solutions to problems using scientific language, and representations, using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)
Syllabus outcomes: SC4-9WS.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.2.
Relevant parts of Year 7 Science achievement standards: Students communicate their ideas using scientific language and appropriate representations.
Relevant parts of Year 8 Science achievement standards: Students use appropriate language and representations to communicate science ideas.
Topic: Biodiversity, Climate Change.
Unit of work: ClimateWatch: Citizen Science – Science – Years 7 & 8, ClimateWatch: Citizen Science – Geography and Science – Years 7 & 8.
Time needed: 60 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activities and lead students in discussion.
Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, Student Worksheet – one copy per student, butcher’s paper (optional).
Key words: Earthwatch, ClimateWatch, climate change, biodiversity, phenology.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.