Activity Introduction

people swimming Gunlom Kakadu WWFQuick summary: Students explore how nature makes them feel, the Australian places in nature that they love, and how these places might be affected by climate change. Students begin this lesson by participating in a vocabulary exercise about words such as ‘awe’, ‘astound’, ‘marvel’ and ‘inspire’. They then spend time outside in nature, and use a ‘Rake thinking tool’ to investigate how they experience nature and connect to it emotionally. Using images collected before the activity, students create a collage and supporting presentation to share the places they love in Australia with classmates. Students will then look at how these places might be affected by climate change. Finally, students will create a postcard to encourage their local community to participate in Earth Hour.

This lesson has been translated into Mandarin for intended use in a LOTE class.

快速总结: 学生探索自然让他们感受的方式,他们喜欢澳大利亚自然景点,这些地方可能如何受到气候变化的影响。学生通过参加一个关于“敬畏”`的词汇练习,如“震惊”,“震惊”,“奇迹”和“感发”等的词语,开始这节课。然后,他们花时间户外体验自然,使用Rake思维工具,调查他们如何体验自然,并在情感上连接自然。使用活动之前手机的图片,学生创建拼贴和支持的演示,与同学分享他们在澳大利亚喜欢的地方。学生将会看到这些地方如何可能受到气候变化的影响。最后,学生们将创作明信片鼓励当地社区参与2016年地球一小时。


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

Join the program and take part in this year’s Earth Hour Schools Day

2020年,澳大利亚的地球一小时将庆祝我们爱的地方。这些地方让我们的假期,户外生活方式和澳大利亚的生活方式如此美好: 我们惊艳的海滩,河流,珊瑚礁,雪山,农村地区和国家公园,这些让澳大利亚成为与众不同的“幸运国家”。你可以成为活动的一部分,开始对气候变化采取行动。通过访问注册熄灯或找到你的本地事件。注册参加3月27日(周五)的地球一小时学校活动日,同时,别忘了在地球一小时,3月28日(周六)晚上8:30-9:30关灯。

Essential questions:

  • Why do we need to value our environment?
  • How do people and environments influence one another?
  • How do people influence the human characteristics of places and the management of spaces within them?
  • How do people’s connections to places affect their perception of them?


  • 为什么我们需要珍惜我们的环境呢?
  • 人们是如何和环境相互影响的?
  • 人们是如何影响人类特征的地方和管理他们生活的空间呢?
  • 人民与地方的联系如何影响他们的看法吗?

Australian Curriculum Mapping


Content descriptions:


Year 5 HASS

  • The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (ACHASSK112)
  • The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them (ACHASSK113)

Year 6 HASS

  • The effects that people’s connections with, and proximity to, places throughout the world have on shaping their awareness and opinion of those places (ACHASSK142) 

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability.


Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.6, OI.7, OI.9.

跨学科优先权:Sustainability OI.6, OI.7, OI.9.

Topic: Earth Hour, Climate Change.


Unit of work: Earth Hour – Primary.

工作单元:地球一小时 – 初级

Time required: 60 mins x 2.

时间需求: 60分钟 x 2

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activities and facilitate discussions.

教师基架级别:中等 -监督活动和促进讨论

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. One copy of Rake thinking tool worksheet for each student. Cameras (phones or tablets are OK). One printed postcard template for each student: Earth Hour Blank Postcard Template and postcard making materials (paper, pens, etc).

所需资源: 学生表,每个学生一个副本或电脑/平板电脑访问在线工作表。能够向全班展示网页的设备。每位学生一份Rake 思考工具工作表。相机(手机或平板电脑都可)。每个学生一个打印版的明信片模板:地球一小时空白明信片模板和明信片制作材料(纸、笔等)。

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

数字技术的机会: 数字共享功能。

Keywords: Earth Hour, climate change, nature, places, Australia.

关键词: 地球一小时,气候变化,自然,地方,澳大利亚

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Cool Australia的课程团队不断评价和改进我们的资源,适应澳大利亚课程的变化。


Teacher Worksheet

mt ossa wwfTeacher preparation


Overarching learning goal: Students understand that we experience nature on a sensory level as well as on an emotional level. They recognise that there are places in nature that are special to them because of their emotional response to them, and they explore these emotional responses through a vocabulary exercise. Students understand that many of the places that we love in Australia are at risk from climate change, and recognise that we can all take action to help protect these places from the impacts of climate change.

总体学习目标: 学生明白我们在感官层面以及从情感层面体验大自然。他们认识到,有些地方在本质上对他们是特殊的,因为他们对这些地方有情绪反应,并通过词汇练习探索这些情感反应。学生理解我们在澳大利亚喜欢的许多地方都承受气候变化的威胁,并认识到,我们都可以采取措施来帮助保护这些地方免受气候变化的影响。

Teacher content information: Earth Hour is a WWF-Australia initiative which 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, scho

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: How does nature make you feel?


Part A. Awesome words

A部分 绝妙的词汇

Pick two of the following words and use each of them in a sentence (you will be writing two sentences, each with one of these words).


敬畏 吃惊

奇妙 奇迹

感发 震惊

惊讶 茅塞顿开

Write your sentences in the table below:



Word 单词

Sentence 句子



Part B. Head outside into nature

B部分 融入自然

Your class is going to head outside to experience nature. You will spend about five minutes standing, sitting or lying quietly in nature, absorbing the nature around you. Then you will complete the table below.



What does nature feel like? 自然感觉像什么?


What did you smell? 你闻到了什么?


What might things taste like? 这些东西尝起来可能像什么?


What did you see? 你看到了什么?

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