‘Climate Kids’ demonstrates an understanding of the interconnectedness between Australia and global environments and how individuals and groups can act in an ecologically responsible manner. It is a very educational and content heavy website that students in Stage 3 would enjoy exploring and offers clear answers to questions regarding global climate change through sections on water, air, the ocean and more! Similar to EPA’s ‘A Students Guide to Global Climate Change’, this online resource covers all aspects associated with the topic, however encompasses a variety of links to other valuable websites. “The possible areas of exploration are unlimited and using ICT supports cross-curriculum or integrated approaches.” (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011, p. 182) Students will further develop their role as a text participant when examining the website.
Teaching Idea: ‘Schools Tree Day’ is an event held once a year in which anyone can participate in the maintenance or improvement of the environment by planting a tree! This could be a really neat excursion for students, especially after learning about the importance trees play in maintaining a balance in our environment and tackling Climate Change. “Service learning is a form of experiential learning in which students participate in and contribute to some community service activity in order to develop their skills and understanding of an aspect of society or environment”. (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011, p. 174)
Assessment Task: Each student is asked to write a letter to our Prime Minister (Julia Gillard) outlining their feelings toward Climate Change and the preventative measures society can take to slow the process. A literacy link is established here, as students must demonstrate their best formal writing skills.
Gilbert, R. Hoepper, B. (2011). Teaching Society and Environment. Australia. Cengage Learning Australia