Quick summary: Pre-assessment task: discover how much your students already understand about climate change and carbon emissions.
Summative assessment task: Ask students to construct a vision of a utopian climate change future, incorporating everything they have learned over the course of this unit about climate change and carbon emissions.
Year Levels: Year 6 and Year 7.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work IPCC Climate Change Solutions.
Teaching Time: 60 minutes.
Cool would like to thank the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation for generously supporting the development of these lessons.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Content descriptions: Year 6 Science:
- Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources (ACSSU097)
Relevant parts of the Year 6 Science achievement standards: Students analyse requirements for the transfer of electricity and describe how energy can be transformed from one form to another when generating electricity.
Content descriptions: Year 7 Science:
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
- Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120)
Relevant parts of the Year 7 Science achievement standards: Students analyse how the sustainable use of resources depends on the way they are formed and cycle through Earth systems.
Syllabus outcomes: ST3-6PW, SC4-12ES, SC4-11PW.
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – Discuss the IPCC report with students, support them in independent work.
- Example Text – A utopian climate change future (optional)
- Student individual writing materials
- Student Worksheet (optional)
Related Professional Development: If you’re interested in learning more about how to approach challenging topics around climate change and sustainability in your classroom through a Hope and Optimism lens, consider our PD course.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.