Activity Introduction

Earth-Hour-wheat-field heroQuick summary: In this activity students work in groups to create a short documentary or film about climate change, in particular its impacts, risks and the personal actions that can be taken to fight climate change. Students present their videos to the class. This lesson meets selected Australian Curriculum outcomes for Years 5 and 6 in the subjects of English and Geography.

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This activity has been created in partnership with WWF-Australia. Earth Hour is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off lights to show a commitment to taking action. Thousands of teachers use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.

Join the program and take part in Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 23rd March 2018. You can also involve family and friends in Earth Hour on Saturday 24th March 2018 8:30-9:30pm.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand that there are a range of risks and impacts associated with climate change.
  • Students recognise that there are many different personal actions that we can all take to help fight climate change.
  • Students understand that video can be a useful tool for communicating positive messages about climate change.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.6.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 5 English

  • Use interaction skills, for example paraphrasing, questioning and interpreting non-verbal cues and choose vocabulary and vocal effects appropriate for different audiences and purposes (ACELY1796)
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations for defined audiences and purposes incorporating accurate and sequenced content and multimodal elements (ACELY1700)
  • 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)
  • Use a range of software including word processing programs with fluency to construct, edit and publish written text, and select, edit and place visual, print and audio elements (ACELY1707)

Year 5 Geography

  • The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (ACHASSK112)
  • Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects (ACHASSI104)

Year 6 English

  • Use interaction skills, varying conventions of spoken interactions such as voice volume, tone, pitch and pace, according to group size, formality of interaction and needs and expertise of the audience (ACELY1816)
  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes, making appropriate choices for modality and emphasis (ACELY1710)
  • 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)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, learning new functions as required to create texts (ACELY1717)

Year 6 Science

  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220)
  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS110)

Year 5 & 6 Design and Technology

  • Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments (ACTDEK021)

Time needed: 2 to 3 sessions.

Resources required: Internet access, Student Worksheet.

Key words: Climate change, Earth Hour, personal actions, film, documentary.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Earth-Hour-tractor-heroTeacher preparation

Teacher content information: Earth Hour is a WWF-Australia initiative, and is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off lights to show a commitment to taking action. Thousands of teachers use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.

Download the Earth Hour starter kit for your school: Earth Hour for Schools

Earth Hour Australia's Egg-cellent Launch Video (http://youtu.be/IBs2dnDj8Og)

Hot tips: This activity can be extended over several sessions. In addition, you could consider holding a screening for other students or parents.

Teaching sequence

10 minutes - Preliminary activity and explanation of activity
2 sessions - Researching, developing and creating documentary
1 session - Sharing documentaries and closing discussion

Work through this resource material in the following sequence:

Step 1. Break your

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Student Worksheet

Earth-Hour-drought-dam-heroThought starter - How can we communicate stories and messages around climate change?

Your task is to create a short film or documentary about climate change, it's risks and impacts, and what we can all do to fight climate change. Similar to the clip shown here.

Earth Hour music video by Axis of Awesome (https://vimeo.com/105846860)

You can decide whether you want to do a short film or a documentary, and you will write your own storyline or plot. If you need some ideas, we've thought up a few scenarios to help spark your imagination.   

  • A day in the life: This documentary describes all the actions of one student over the course of one day and how these actions relate to food and climate change. For example: what you eat, where it comes from, what resources are involved in making, shipping, storing, packaging and preparing these foods. A narrator can describe these behaviours and the impacts.
  • Climate change on the farm: Students role play various animals that live in an ecosys
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