Quick summary: Students are asked to create two different visions of the future under two different conditions. In the first case, students are asked to create a picture of the future based on scientific predictions of rising temperatures and a changing climate. In the second case (the bulk of this activity) students are asked to work in groups to create a shared vision of the future, a future that they would like to see. Students create this vision using the ‘thinking hats’ learning tool, brainstorming initial ideas and then using these ideas to build a picture of the future that they then share through either a presentation or infographic.
These activities “… are an invaluable tool for teachers to address climate change in an educationally relevant, scientifically sound, and action-based way.” – Tim Flannery (Read more)
- Students understand that science can be used to make predictions about our future.
- Students recognise that they have the skills and knowledge to create their own vision for the future.
- Students understand that different people have different ideas about what the future should look like but that these differences can be used to give strength to the vision and its meaning.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, ICT capability.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.5.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 7 Science
- Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120)
Year 7 Geography
- The causes, impacts and responses to an atmospheric or hydrological hazard (ACHGK042)
- The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places (ACHGK045)
- The strategies used to enhance the liveability of places, especially for young people, including examples from Australia and Europe (ACHGK047)
Year 8 Geography
- The causes, impacts and responses to a geomorphological hazard (ACHGK053)
- The management and planning of Australia’s urban future (ACHGK059)
Year 8 English
- Use interaction skills for identified purposes, using voice and language conventions to suit different situations, selecting vocabulary, modulating voice and using elements such as music, images and sound for specific effects (ACELY1808)
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content, including multimodal elements, to reflect a diversity of viewpoints (ACELY1731)
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
Topic: We Are the Weather Makers
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity
Resources required: Internet access, students worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Online brainstorming tools (e.g. bubbl.us or mindmeister), presentation or infographic tools (e.g. Powerpoint, Prezi or Piktochart), digital sharing capabilities. DIY infographic background information.
Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for homework or extension.
Keywords: Climate change, science, future, thinking hats.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge:
- Tim Flannery
- David Harding, Rose Iser, Sally Stevens
- Text Publishing and Purves Environmental Fund
- Climate Council