Quick summary: This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content by watching a video in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work.
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- Students understand how they can save energy.
- Students recognise ways to motivate other people to save energy.
- Students build their thinking and questioning skills.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 Science
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
- 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 (ACSHE120)
Year 8 Science
- 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)
Year 9 Science
- People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE160)
Year 10 Science
- People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE194)
Year 10 Geography
- The human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)
- The environmental worldviews of people and their implications for environmental management (ACHGK071)
Time needed: 20 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently.
Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, Student Worksheet.
Key words: Energy, climate change, renewable energy, behavioural science.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.