Quick summary: This tuning in lesson is designed for students to explore the topic of climate change from an ethical perspective. Students build an understanding of the environmental, cultural and economical impacts of climate change on the Pacific Islands. They discuss the ethical considerations of climate change impacts by using a range of thinking tools.
- Students explore climate change;
- Students build their thinking and questioning skills;
- Students understand a holistic sense of sustainability.
General capabilities: Ethical understanding, Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.4. Sustainability OI.5
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 10 English
- Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)
Year 10 Science
- Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere (ACSSU189)
- Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS208)
Year 10 Geography
- The human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)
- The application of human-environment systems thinking to understanding the causes and likely consequences of the environmental change being investigated(ACHGK073)
- Present findings, arguments and explanations in a range of appropriate communication forms selected for their effectiveness and to suit audience and purpose, using relevant geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS079)
Time needed: 60 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently.
Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, Student Worksheet.
Key words: Climate change, culture, ethics, Pacific Islands, impacts, future.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.