Activity Introduction

Earth-Hour-drought-dam-2-heroQuick summary: Students investigate how floods and droughts affect both the natural environment and farming. Students begin by identifying key features of floods and droughts, and then write a short story about how a native plant or animal experiences floods and droughts. This lesson meets selected Australian Curriculum outcomes for Years 3 and 4 in the subjects of English, Science and Geography.

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This 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 will be able to identify floods and droughts.
  • Students will recognise how floods and droughts affect our environment and the people living in these places.
  • Students will use their creative writing skills to write a short story.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking

Cross curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 3 English

  • Create imaginative texts based on characters, settings and events from students’ own and other cultures using visual features, for example perspective, distance and angle (ACELT1601)
  • Create texts that adapt language features and patterns encountered in literary texts, for example characterisation, rhyme, rhythm, mood, music, sound effects and dialogue (ACELT1791)

Year 3 Geography

  • The main climate types of the world and the similarities and differences between the climates of different places (ACHASSK068)

Year 4 English

  • Create literary texts that explore students’ own experiences and imagining (ACELT1607)
  • Create literary texts by developing storylines, characters and settings (ACELT1794)

Year 4 Science

  • Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
  • Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075)

Syllabus Outcomes: EN2-10C, EN2-2AGE2-1ST2-10LW, ST2-8ES.

Time needed: 60 minutes.

Resources required: Internet access, Student Worksheet.

Key words: Climate change, Earth Hour, impacts, floods, droughts, environment, future.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Eearth-Hour-drought-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)

Teaching sequence

10 minutes - Preliminary activity and explanation of activity
15 minutes - Photo assessment task
25 minutes - Story writing
10 minutes - Sharing stories and closing discussion

Work through this resource material in the following sequence:

1. Preliminary activity – Begin by asking students to share what they know about droughts and floods (students can use the student worksheet). For example:

  • What is a d
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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Many sugar cane plantations are located very close to the sea in northern Australia and will be in danger of flooding as sea levels keep rising.

Warm-up activity – floods and droughts

What do you know about floods and droughts? Answer the following questions (try to keep your answers to less than 10 words):

What is a flood? 

How do floods happen? 

What is a drought? 

How do droughts happen? 

 

Part 1. Photo task

Look at the two pictures below and answer the questions below:

Photo 1.

flood

Is this a drought or a flood?

Describe what you can see in this picture:

How do you think this is affecting the environment in this place?

How do you think this is affecting farming in this place?

 

Photo 2.

drought

Is this a drought or a flood?

Describe what you can see in this picture:

How do you think this is affecting the environment in this place?

How do you think this is affec

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