Quick summary: Students explore the role of oceans as carbon sinks. they begin by watching a clip about ocean acidification and reading quotes from We Are the Weather Makers and responding to a series of related questions. They are then asked to create an infographic describing the role of oceans and sinks and the process of ocean acidification.
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 the role of oceans in absorbing CO2.
- Students understand how CO2 is absorbed by sea water.
- Students recognise the impacts of ocean acidification on marine environments.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priorities: Sustainability OI.1.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 10 Science
- Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere (ACSSU189)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC5-12ES.
Topic: We Are the Weather Makers
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Infographic creation (DIY infographic background information), digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.
Key reading from We Are the Weather Makers: Chapter 3 – The Greenhouse Gases
Further reading from the book: Chapter 19 – How Can They Keep On Moving, Chapter 15 – Rising Waters
Keywords: Ocean acidification, sinks, Carbon Dioxide, carbon cycle.
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