Quick summary: In this activity students look at a range of energy resources and make assessments about their suitability for use in Australia in the context of climate change. Students begin by brainstorming energy resources and environmental impacts, and then work in groups to research one type of energy resource in detail. They present their findings to the class, and working as a class vote for their preferred future energy resources.
- Students understand that there are a range of energy resources.
- Students recognise that energy can have significant impacts on our environment and can contribute to climate change and global warming.
- Students understand that there are energy alternatives that have lower environmental and climate impacts.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy, ICT capability.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 7 Science
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
- Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS124)
- Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)
Year 8 Science
- Energy appears in different forms including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and causes change within systems (ACSSU155)
- 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)
- Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-11PW, SC4-4WS, SC4-9WS, SC4-12ES, SC4-10PW.
Topic: Climate change
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee and facilitate activity
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, black/smart board (optional).
Homework and extension opportunities: None.
Keywords: Energy, climate change, global warming, coal, gas, nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biofuel.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.