Quick summary: In this tuning in activity students are asked to think about what they already know of climate change and to use this knowledge to make predictions about what will happen to our environment in the future. Students begin by identifying environmental problems that they know about and want to know about. Working collaboratively, students will then identify their top 10 environmental problems and will speculate on how different the environment of 2200 will be to the environment of today. Finally students are asked to create a timeline of environmental change for the future.
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 identify their existing knowledge around climate change and major environmental issues.
- Students make predictions about environmental change.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1.
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 8 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 (ACSHE135)
Year 9 Science
- People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE160)
Year 10 Science
- Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere (ACSSU189)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-11PW, SC5-13ES, SC5-12ES.
Topic: We the Weather Makers
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Oversee activity and facilitate discussion
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, Y-chart (download and print or ask students to create their own), materials for creating timeline (drawing materials or online tools such as Capzles).
Digital technology opportunities: Infographic creation (DIY infographic background information), digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework or extension.
Key reading from We Are the Weather Makers: Introduction – What is climate change?
Further reading from the book: Chapter 15 – Rising `Waters, Chapter 21 – The End of Civilisation?, Chapter 30 – Over to You
Keywords: Climate change, environment, future, predictions.
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