Activity Introduction

people swimming Gunlom Kakadu WWFQuick 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.

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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 educators use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.

For the most up to date Earth Hour dates, times, and events, check here.

Learning goals: 

  • Students explore climate change.
  • Students build their thinking and questioning skills.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability O1.1, O1.2.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

This lesson can be used with all the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum that relate to energy and climate change.

Time needed: 20 minutes.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently by watching the video in the Student Worksheet.

Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, 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.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Earth-Hour-river-heroTeacher Preparation

 
Teacher Content Information:
 
The IPCC
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was created to:
  • provide policymakers (governments) with regular scientific updates about climate change;
  • highlight the impact climate change will have on the planet in the future; and,
  • offer some ideas about how to tackle the challenges of climate change's potential effects on the planet.
In 2021-22, the IPCC released their sixth assessment report. This is the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change.
The report makes a number of important points:
  • It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land.
  • Global surface temperature will continue to increase until at least mid-century under all emissions scenarios considered. Global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C will be exceeded during the 21st century unless deep
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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: What is the difference between weather and climate?

Watch the video and then fill in the table below.

Climate Change Everyone's Business (https://vimeo.com/65187288)

 I used to think.... 

 But now I think...

Reflection

Make a list of three questions that you want to know the answer to:

Questions 

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