Quick summary: In this activity students investigate the role of renewable energy in helping fight climate change. Students begin by briefly looking at what personal actions we can all take to fight climate change with a particular focus on the energy we use. Students then look at a range of renewable energy types and work in groups to investigate these in detail and present their research to the class, including how these types of energy will help to fight climate change. Finally, students are asked to reflect upon their learning with a short quiz.
In 2017, WWF is celebrating 10 years of Earth Hour and 10 years of progress on changing climate change. Our actions on climate change will shape the future for our children. They know more about climate change than any other generation. And they have extraordinary views on what they want for their planet. You and your students can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting earthhour.org.au to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register for Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 24th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 25th March 8:30-9:30pm. Switch off to #JoinTheFuture.
- Students understand the relationship between energy – in particular the type of energy – and climate change.
- Students understand that there are a range of renewable energy technologies already available.
- Students recognise the environmental benefits of renewable energy.
- Students recognise personal actions that can be taken to fight climate change.
General capabilities: Literacy, ICT capability.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.6, OI.8.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 6 Science
- Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity (ACSSU219)
- 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)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST3-6PW, ST3-4WS.
Time needed: 48 mins
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, stopwatch.
Digital technology opportunities: Prezi presentation, digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework or extension.
Keywords: Climate change, renewable energy, solar panels, wind turbines, hydropower, geothermal, electric cars, biomass.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.