Quick summary: This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content by watching a video in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work.
- Students explore how scientists are using Antarctic ice cores to uncover secrets about the past and future of our planet.
- Students build their thinking and questioning skills.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 Science
- Science knowledge can develop through collaboration and connecting ideas across the disciplines of science (ACSHE223)
Year 8 Science
People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity (ACSHE116)
Year 9 Science
- People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE160)
Year 10 Science
- Scientific understanding, including models and theories, are contestable and are refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (ACSHE191)
- People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE194)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-17CW, SC4-13ES, SC5-13ES, SC5-12ES.
Time needed: 20 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently.
Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, Student Worksheet.
Key words: Antarctica, ice cores, climate change, scientists.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.