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Course of Study in Understanding Climate Change

Topic Overview

The links provided on this page will guide teachers to appropriate activities and resources on the topic. Tasmanian teachers may wish to relate these topics to the relevant Tasmanian curriculum Topics are classified in terms of traditional study areas so that parents and others who are not familiar with current curriculum terminology can follow the relationship in these areas. Links will become live as materials become available. Please communicate any new suitable material to the webmaster

Early Years

Science & Technology Society & History Language Mathematics
 

Energy & Force

Solar energy

Sources and forms of energy

Solar heat

Energy and movement

Matter

Changes of state-water

Living Things

Characteristics of living things

Needs of living things

Human impact on living things

Temperature change and livings things

The Natural World

Maintenance of a healthy environment

Parts of a system

Plants

 

 

Animals ( Our source for many of these resources is Teachers Domain. org )

Animal classification

Animal characteristics and classification

Animal classification game

Animal movement ( excellent video footage of animal movement)

Physical and behavioural characteristics of animals

Animal survival requirements or needs

Life cycles and changes

Animals: care for their young

Animals: movement and use of the environment

Animal responses and adaptations to their environment

Effects of seasons on animals

Human use of  the natural and physical world

Care of animals 5 minute clips of pet care

Properties of solids and liquids

Manufactured materials and sources lesson plan for Year 2 Science

ICT adapted version

Electrical power source teacher reference

Reuse and recycle

Earth and Space

Seasons

Earth's cycles

Changes in heat and light

Three states of water

Forms of moisture

Parts of water cycle

Local weather conditions and living things

Geographical

Countries of the world

Location and climate

Climate impact on human needs

Historical

Listening

Speaking

Reading

Writing

 

Year 3

Science & Technology Society & History Language Mathematics
  Energy & Force Tasmania Standards 2-3 (Grade 3-4)

Light and heat transmission

Soil components and properties

Moving water and earth materials

Soil and growth of plants

Plant roots and soil

Soil and living things

Importance of organic materials in soil

 

Living Things Tasmanian Standards 2-3 (Grade3-4)

Needs of living things

Classification of plants

Native species

Life cycles and changes

Factors affecting plants

Seasons and the effects on plants

Environmental effects on plants

Plant features for survival

Plant uses and benefits

Interdependence of plants and animals

Protection of natural areas

Animal classification

Animal characteristics and classification

 

 

 

 

     

Year 4

Science & Technology Society & History Language Mathematics

Year 4

Energy & Force

Transmission, absorption and reflection of energy

Characteristics of light

Matter

Rocks and minerals classification

Living Things

Factors affecting plants and animals

Habitat of animals

Role of plants and animals in the food chain

Mutations and evolution

Structural adaptations of plants and animals to the environment

Loss of habitats

Human dependence on plants and animals- Tutor Vista "Improvement in Food Resources"

Human impact on the natural world

Extinction

Earth & Space

Natural and human features of the landscape

definition

K-4 lesson plan National Geographic

Rock cycle

Rocks erosion and soil

Fossils

Soil erosion and controls

Use of rocks and minerals in manufacturing

     

Year 5

Science & Technology Society & History Language Mathematics

Year 5

Energy & Force

Forces and structures

Science explained- Newton's 3rd Law

Renewable sources of energy

Ways energy is stored and transferred

Changes in the form of energy - basic concepts  climatechangematters.net.au

Effect of technological innovations on the use of natural resources - an introductioin to this topic is given by Wikopaedia

Energy efficiency

 

Matter

Changes in state

Thermometer and heat

Heat changes

Physical and chemical processes and reactions

 

Living Things

Earth & Space

Changes in matter

Energy transfer and human use

Design features for energy efficiency

Housing House Design

 

  • Solar Cells

Weather and climate factors

Weather systems

Cloud formation and types

Water cycle

Patterns in air movement

Solar energy and weather conditions

Effects of air pressure

Air movement indoors and out

Weather and human activities

Climate factors and construction materials

Weather prediction forecasting and technology

Air masses and Australian weather

El Nino and its influence on Australian weather

Geographical

Australian states and physical features

Videos

Features of a river system

The Murray River system

Historical

Use of natural environment

Interaction of communities

 

Impact of technology on Australian communities

   

Year 6

Science & Technology Society & History Language Mathematics

Year 6

Energy & Force

Wind devices and systems

Forms of electrical energy

Chemical to electrical energy

Electromagnetic spectrum

Electricity production

Solar energy

Consumption factors of electricity

Reduction of use plan

Managing your energy budget

Global waring - an introduction

Matter

Fossils and geology

Gases

Living Things

Classification system and keys

Animal characteristics

Microscope and micro organisms

Inherited and learned traits

Adaptations to habitat

Interdependence of plants and animals

Feral animals and their effect on habitat.

Effect of moving mechanisms on living things

 

 

Earth & Space

The solar system

The Earth's atmosphere

Natural cycles and change

 

 

 

Human interaction with environment

Antarctica : Classroom Antarctica ( Classroom Antarctica is a comprehensive online teaching resource produced by the Australian Antarctic Division. It is particularly aimed at grades 5 to 8.)

Antarctica- the Coldest, Driest, Highest Continent on Earth . Power Point by Chris Forbes-Ewan .ppt 7mb

Functions of different levels of government

Who decides?

a simulation game to teach children about decision making on environmental questions.

Western Australian origin

Australian imports and exports

Observable change in a community - observations of the Inuit people of northern Canada of observable changes in their hunting patterns.

Historical

Australia and the world connection

Australian lifestyle

   

Year 7

Science & Technology Society & History Language Mathematics

Year 7

Energy & Force

Transfer of energy in food webs

Forms of energy

Alternative Energy

Heat pollution

Measuring temperature

Energy conservation

Temperature and heat

Heat absorption

Heat transfer in a system

Effect of heating and cooling of gases, liquids and solids

Factors affecting temperature change

Design for minimum heat transfer

Geothermal Energy

  • Fact sheet
  • Fossil Fuels for energy

    Alternative Energy

  • The Future of Energy
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    Matter

    Carbon cycling

    Water cycle

    Biochemical costs and benefits of recycling and waste disposal

    Mixtures and solutions

    Manufactured products from mixtures and solutions

    Pollutant sources in manufacturing

    Regulations for disposal of solvents

    Water cycle

    Natural resources and manufacturing

    Geology and technology

    Super new drilling rig

    Natural environment and technology

    Rock cycle

    Living Things

    Biotic and abiotic

    Ecosystems

    Plants and the environment

    Plants and energy

    Change in natural communities

    Role in food chain

    Micro-organisms and recycling

    Growth and reproduction of plants and micro-organisms

    Survival factors

    Extinction

    Loss of habitat

    Preservation and management of habitats

    Impact of technology on environment

    transport

    Effect of heat on plants and animals

    Heat and weather effects

    Earth & Space

    Hydrosphere

    Lithosphere

    Atmosphere

    Cryosphere

    Biosphere

    Pollutant sources in agriculture

    Salinity- Australia's Silent Flood

    - A series of lessons on salinity from the ABC

    Earth's crust composition

    Land use in the environment

    Land use change due to Climate Change - "Swamped or saved" ( Global Education site )

    Soil formation and conservation

    Change in soils and usage

    Rocks and minerals classification

    Geological processes

    Geographical

    Place/ location

    Regional in reactions

    Movement

    Environments

    Landform patterns

    Landforms and regions

    Local landscape features

    Climate patterns and location

    Antarctica : Classroom Antarctica ( Classroom Antarctica is a comprehensive online teaching resource produced by the Australian Antarctic Division. It is particularly aimed at grades 5 to 8.)

    Factors on climate

    Effects of natural hazards on humans

    Natural vegetation patterns

    Global river systems

    Human manipulation of Rivers

    3 Gorges Dam China   A lesson plan

    The Murray River ( Australia)

    Plate tectonics

    Earthquakes

    Mountain building processes

    Drainage basins

    Ecozones

    Oceans and currents

    Water Cycle

    Carbon Cycle

    Nitrogen cycle

    Renewable, non-renewable and flow resources

    Mining

    Solar wind, water

    Forests

    Distribution and use of natural resources

    Historical

    Impact of technology on natural resources

    Sustainable development

    Influence of natural resources on country

    Waste management

    Oceans

    Population density and distribution factors

    Land use

    Correlation between population characteristics

    Urbanisation factors

    Transportation factors

    Developing developed countries

    Major types of industries and their change in distribution

    Manufacturing processes

    Antarctica : Classroom Antarctica ( Classroom Antarctica is a comprehensive online teaching resource produced by the Australian Antarctic Division. It is particularly aimed at grades 5 to 8.)

       

    Year 8

    Science & Technology Studies of Society & Environment Language Mathematics

    Grade 8

    Energy & Force

    Energy transfer in systems

    Mechanical efficiency

    Electromagnetic spectrum

    Sources of light

    Radiation wavelengths

    Laws of reflection

    Energy production costs in manufacturing

    Greenhouse gases and transport

    Energy Efficiency & Conservation

    Hydropower

    Ocean Energy

    Transportation Fuels

    Wind energy

    Forces Changing The Earth

     

     

    Matter

    Changes of temperature on solids, liquids and gases

    Product design factors

    Product information and consumer expectations

    Changes of state- water

    Water cycle and water table

    Global water distribution and circulation

     

     

    Living Things

    Earth & Space

    Environmental impact of products use and disposal

    Geological features on ocean floors

    Physical characteristics of salt and fresh water

    Salinity Australia's Silent Flood- a series of lessons on the problems of salinity facing Australia by ABC Education

    Tides

    Lakes and ocean effect on climate

    Temperature change and convection currents

    Desalination plants: "To desalinate or not to desalinate" An 8-14 week unit.

    Australia's Silent Flood- 4 lessons on the problems Australia faces through rising salinity.

       

    Year 9

    Science & Technology Studies of Society & Environment Language Mathematics

    Grade 9

    Energy & Force

    Biomass Energy

    Hydrogen & Fuel Cells

    Calculate the amount of Carbon Dioxide produced by human activities

    Managing your energy budget

     

    Matter

    Living Things

    Earth & Space

    Human water use

    Damage control of water

    Food and Water Supplies Under Stress

    Environmental and economic effects on water use

    Ocean research and technological innovations

    Water usage processes

    Fresh water environments

    Factors that effect distribution of species

    Biodiversity:Earth's Most Valuable Resource

    Diversity in fresh and salt water

    Economic and environmental costs of oil extraction from ocean floor.

    The Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming

    The inequities of Climate Change   Earthday Network

    Teaching Climate Change - 9 modules for Years 9-10 on climate change issues

                The modules will be best suited to teachers in the humanities, namely in the studies of society and environment, geography and economics. Modules 1, 2 and 9,

                which cover the science and impacts of climate change and nuclear energy, will also provide useful background for science teachers.

    The Science of climate change    

    The impacts of climate change    

    Australia's emissions    

    International negotiations   

    The ethics of climate change

    The economics of climate change        

    Forms of energy generation       

    Solutions to reduce Australia's emissions       

    Nuclear Energy

       

    Year 10

    Science & Technology Society & History Language Mathematics

    Grade 10

    Energy & Force

    Matter

    Living Things

    Invasive Species: Coming to an Environment Near You.   Earth day Network

    Earth & Space

    "An Inconvenient Truth" in the Classroom.

    Greenhouse gases and their relationship to global warming.

    The Kyoto Treaty and its signatories.

    Carbon footprints. Smaller steps mean smaller footprints.

    Managing your energy budget

    Climate Change in Australia: "Beyond 3 Degrees Warming" WWF Report

    Dangerous Aspirations: Beyond 3 degrees Warming in Australia

    Biotechnology Online

    Biotechnology Resources

    OZCLIM An interactive model for predicting climatew change in Australia under various scenarios. CSIRO

    Gene Technology. Is it good or bad for us?

    Public opinion of Gene technology

     

    It's Easy Being Green: Green Building & Climate Change

    Teaching Climate Change - 9 modules for Years 9-10 on climate change issues

                The modules will be best suited to teachers in the humanities, namely in the studies of society and environment, geography and economics. Modules 1, 2 and 9, which cover the science and impacts of climate change and nuclear energy, will also provide useful background for science teachers.

    The Science of climate change    

    The impacts of climate change    

    Australia's emissions    

    International negotiations   

    The ethics of climate change

    The economics of climate change        

    Forms of energy generation       

    Solutions to reduce Australia's emissions       

    Nuclear Energy