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.

earth-hour-160x160In 2017, WWF is celebrating 10 years of Earth Hour and 10 years of progress on changing climate change. Our actions on climate change will shape the future for our children. They know more about climate change than any other generation. And they have extraordinary views on what they want for their planet. You and your students can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting earthhour.org.au to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register for Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 24th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 25th March 8:30-9:30pm. Switch off to #JoinTheFuture.

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

Overarching learning goal: Students take responsibility for their own learning by watching a video on climate change and completing a thinking routine which cements their understanding.

Teacher content information: Earth Hour is a WWF-Australia initiative, which over the past 10 years has grown into the world’s largest community-driven campaign for the planet. At the centre of the campaign is the symbolic collective action of switching off the lights. Through this action, individuals, businesses, schools and communities join a visible statement of commitment to act on climate change. Participation remains a powerful reminder to our political leaders that there is ongoing concern and demand for the government to act on climate change.

This year Earth Hour is inviting kids around the country to share the news about climate change. From an early age, these kids have been taught to be active recyclers, aware of renewable power alternatives, and informed about the dev

...
 
- or - to view worksheets

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

 I used to think.... 

 But now I think...

Reflection

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

Questions 

1.
2.
3.
...
 
- or - to view worksheets

Leave your Feedback

We appreciate your feedback. Let us know what you like or don't like about this activity:

Sorry. You must be logged in to view this form.