Quick summary: This lesson enables teachers to guide students through a study of the effects of the El Nino and La Nina weather cycle on food production and future land productivity in Australia. The focus region is Queensland. Activities include working with climate statistics, interpreting meteorological data and making graphs and charts. This lesson meets selected Australian Curriculum outcomes for Years 9 and 10 in the subject of Geography.
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- Students will gain an understanding of the implications of weather cycles on food production in Australia.
- Students will consolidate their skills in working with meteorological data.
- Students will develop skills in presenting temperature and rainfall data using a climograph.
General capabilities: Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking.
Cross curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.2.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 9 Geography:
- The challenges to food production, including land and water degradation, shortage of fresh water, competing land uses, and climate change, for Australia and other areas of the world (ACHGK063)
- The capacity of the world’s environments to sustainably feed the projected future population to achieve food security for Australia and the world (ACHGK064)
- Evaluate multi-variable data and other geographical information using qualitative and quantitative methods, and digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, to make generalisations and inferences, propose explanations for patterns, trends, relationships and anomalies, and predict outcomes (ACHGS067)
Year 10 Geography:
- The human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)
- Evaluate multi-variable data and other geographical information using qualitative and quantitative methods and digital and spatial technologies as appropriate to make generalisations and inferences, propose explanations for patterns, trends, relationships and anomalies, and predict outcomes (ACHGS076)
Syllabus Outcomes: GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-5, GE5-7.
Time needed: 65 minutes.
Resources required: Internet, Student Worksheet.
Key words: Climate change, Earth Hour, impacts, future.
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