Quick summary: Students explore the concepts of carbon credits and carbon trading. They discover how the knowledge of Indigenous Australians can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate income. Students work in groups to write a newspaper article detailing ways in which carbon trading is good for the environment and the economy.
- Students build their understanding of carbon credits and carbon trading.
- Students explore how cool burning can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Students discover that carbon trading benefits the environment and the economy.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 5 Geography:
- The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them (ACHASSK113)
- The impact of bushfires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond (ACHASSK114)
Year 5 Science:
- Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions. (ACSHE217)
Year 6 Science:
- Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface (ACSSU096)
Year 5 English
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704)
- Understand how to move beyond making bare assertions and take account of differing perspectives and points of view (ACELA1502)
Year 6 English
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714)
- Analyse strategies authors use to influence readers (ACELY1801)
Time needed: 60 min
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – keep it simple and refer back to teacher notes rather than the Internet.
Resources needed: Internet, Student Worksheet.
Extension opportunities: Explore and evaluate alternative carbon farming methods.
Key words: carbon trading, Carbon Trading Project, greenhouse gases, mitigation
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum. There is great diversity in histories and cultures among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia. This resource includes investigations into and information about some of them. It has an emphasis, but not an exclusive one, on the histories and cultural practices of the Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory. It is underpinned by consultation with Aboriginal communities in various parts of Australia.
Special thanks to:
Fish River Station, John Daly, Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith, Peter Jacklyn, Peter McConchie, Dr Tommy George, David Claudie, Dale Musgrave, Carolyn George and Victor Steffensen.
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