Quick summary: In this activity students look at a range of energy resources and make assessments about their suitability for use in Australia in the context of climate change. Students begin by brainstorming energy resources and environmental impacts, and then work in groups to research one type of energy resource in detail. They present their findings to the class, and working as a class vote for their preferred future energy resources. This lesson meets selected Australian Curriculum outcomes for Years 7 and 8 in the subject of Science.
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- Students understand that there are a range of energy resources.
- Students recognise that energy can have significant impacts on our environment and can contribute to climate change and global warming.
- Students understand that there are energy alternatives that have lower environmental and climate impacts.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy, ICT capability.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.8.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 7 Science
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
- Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS124)
- Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)
Year 8 Science
- Energy appears in different forms including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and causes change within systems (ACSSU155)
- Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135)
- Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)
Year 7 English (Homework)
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)
Year 8 English (Homework)
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
Syllabus Outcomes: EN4-4B, SC4-4WS, SC4-9WS, SC4-10PW, SC4-11PW, SC4-12ES.
Time required: 60 mins
Resources needed: Internet access, Student Worksheet, black/smart board (optional).
Digital technology opportunities: Presentation tools (PowerPoint or Prezi or movie making program), mind-mapping tools (bubbl.us or mindmeister), digital sharing capabilities
Homework and extension opportunities:
Keywords: Energy, climate change, global warming, coal, gas, nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biofuel.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.