Activity Introduction

Eearth-Hour-drought-heroQuick 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.

earth-hour-160x160In 2017, WWF is celebrating 10 years of Earth Hour and 10 years of progress on changing climate change. Our actions on climate change will shape the future for our children. They know more about climate change than any other generation. And they have extraordinary views on what they want for their planet. You and your students can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register for Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 24th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 25th March 8:30-9:30pm. Switch off to #JoinTheFuture.

Learning goals:

  • 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 OutcomesGE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-5, GE5-7.

Time needed: 65 minutes.

Resources required: Internet, Student Worksheet.

Key words: Climate change, Earth Hour, impacts, future.

 Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Earth-Hour-storm-heroTeacher preparation

What you will need: Photocopy the Student Worksheet – one per student. For students with learning support requirements, photocopy the LS Student Activity Sheet.

Teacher content information: Earth Hour is a WWF-Australia initiative, which over the past 10 years has grown into the world’s largest community-driven campaign for the planet. At the centre of the campaign is the symbolic collective action of switching off the lights. Through this action, individuals, businesses, schools and communities join a visible statement of commitment to act on climate change. Participation remains a powerful reminder to our political leaders that there is ongoing concern and demand for the government to act on climate change.

This year Earth Hour is inviting kids around the country to share the news about climate change. From an early age, these kids have been taught to be active recyclers, aware of renewable power alternatives, and informed about the devastating effect of pollut

- or - to view worksheets

Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Most of Australia’s bananas grow in north Queensland in places where tropical cyclones occur. In the future, these storms may get even stronger, and cause damage to banana plantations.

Weather cycles have serious effects on food production and the productivity of agricultural land. Australian farmers are already feeling the effects of altered weather patterns in some regions of Australia, including north Queensland.

The drought is back



This map shows how far-reaching the effects of climate change have been across Queensland.
And unfortunately, the drought situation seems to
be worsening. At present, two-thirds of Queensland
and much of northern NSW is officially
drought-declared. For the past few months, both
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) of the USA and Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) have been predicting that an El Nino system  is likely to develop in the Pacific later this year.
If this El Nino develops as scient

- or - to view worksheets

Leave your Feedback

We appreciate your feedback. Let us know what you like or don't like about this activity:

Sorry. You must be logged in to view this form.