Activity Introduction

Earth-Hour-sugarcane-farm-3-heroQuick 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.

earth-hour-160x160This lesson 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 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.

General capabilities: Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding

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.

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-farming-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)

Extra reading: Bananas and climate change in Australia fact sheet

Teaching sequence

5 minutes – Preliminary activity
5 minutes – Explanation of main activity
40 minutes – Student Worksheet activity
10 minutes – Closing discussion

Work through this resource material in the following sequence:

1. Preliminary activity – Ask students to complete the simple maths exercise on the student worksheet as a warm up activity. Ask st

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Student Worksheet

bananas-heroThought starter: Mango trees can also get damaged in tropical cyclones, and the fruit can be sunburnt in hot weather.

Warm-up activity

Read the Bananas and climate change in Australia fact sheet and answer the questions below:

If you lost three quarters of your crop of bananas this year, what do you think would happen to your income?

Imagine all the banana plantation farmers in Innisfail (Queensland) lose most of their harvest this year. What do you think will happen to the price of bananas in stores?

Why might this happen to prices?

This scenario actually happened to banana farmers in and around Innisfail in 2006. Cyclone Larry wiped out between 80 and 90% of the banana crop that year. Larry was the most destructive cyclone to hit Queensland in a century. Banana prices increased by around 500%.

If one kilogram of bananas cost $2.00 in 2005 and they increased in price by 500% in 2006, how much would a kilogram of bananas cost after the increase?

What is the price of bananas

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