Quick summary: Students begin to think about the practical implications of climate change on food production specific to a familiar lunchbox staple, the humble banana. They will work through a series of linked literacy and numeracy activities to explore the impacts of climate change on Australia’s farmers. This lesson meets selected Australian Curriculum outcomes for Years 7 and 8 in the subjects of Science and Design and Technologies.
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- Students grasp the significance of climate change impacts upon food production around Australia.
- Students conceptualise the global climate change issue affecting life in their home country.
Cross curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.2.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Year 7 & 8 Design and Technologies
- Analyse how food and fibre are produced when designing managed environments and how these can become more sustainable (ACTDEK032)
Year 7 Science
- People use understanding and skills from across the disciplines of science in their occupations (ACSHE224)
Year 8 Science
- Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management (ACSHE136)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-13ES.
Time needed: 60 minutes.
Resources required: Internet, Student Worksheet.
Key words: Climate change, Earth Hour, impacts, future, farming.
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