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The resources 'scooped' below are useful for Stage 3 students investigating the effects of increasing greenhouse gases and climate change on the earth. Enjoy!
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Australia Aboriginal Slideshow | The Nature Conservancy

Australia Aboriginal Slideshow | The Nature Conservancy | HSIE - Climate Change | Scoop.it
Australia, linking landscapes and aboriginal people
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‘The Nature Conservancy’s’ clip on restoring balance in Australia highlights how through the partnership with Aboriginal Australians, they will attempt to protect key landscapes within the country and to restore the balance that once existed. The resource will be useful to students in gaining a perspective of time and severity, ie. Aboriginals inhabited this land for 40,000 years, living in balance with nature and then in merely 200 years since European settlement, the balance has been lost. Moreover, it portrays a positive outlook for the future, with strong partnerships in place and plans to combine traditional wisdom and cutting edge science to combat this ‘unbalance’. It’s imperative that students gain an insight into how the traditional owners of the land interacted with the environment and their consideration for growth, reproduction and regeneration. It is a great introductory resource, providing students with enough information and interesting aspects of sustainability and conservation that they can investigate further. “The incorporation of Aboriginal perspectives into classroom practice includes Aboriginal students through the important recognition of their identity, history and culture and also promotes reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.” (NSW Department of Education and Training, 2011)

Teaching Idea: Invite an Aboriginal Elder/member of the Aboriginal Land Council to come in and share with the class their knowledge of Aboriginal management of and connection to the land. As a class decide on five key elements of Aboriginal land management that they noted from the guest speakers visit. Jigsaw activity – students are divided into groups and allocated a key element to examine. Within each group, students are numbered so that they can reform groups with other students in their class and are the “experts” on their key element. This is a very collaborative exercise in which students are given the opportunity to teach their peers.

Assessment Task: Ask students to reflect on the guest speaker’s visit and the main points raised. Is there a dreamtime story that links with what she/he was talking about? Ie. Mother Earth as a Life Giving Force. Students have the opportunity to go to the library and research Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories and provide an analysis of the one they choose.

 

NSW Department of Education & Training. (2011). Retrieved 10 April 2013 from:

http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/primary/hsie/crosscurriculum/aboriginal/&nbsp

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Climate Kids | Great Websites for Kids

Climate Kids | Great Websites for Kids | HSIE - Climate Change | Scoop.it

Via Natassa Dourvetaki, GSeremetakis
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‘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

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