|Scooped by Katelan Attwells|
“Teach Climate Change: Classroom Resources for Teachers” facilitates the selection of the most appropriate resources for teachers to either use as stimuli for their own learning/professional development or to enhance the learning of their students. The resources are searchable by key stage, subject and climate change category, making it very quick and easy for teachers to source the most relevant resources. Links to some of the major newspapers and important websites are provided, allowing teachers to stay up to date with their knowledge of Climate Change.
Teaching Idea: In groups, students are to compare human use of an environmental area with use in another area of the world, eg cities of Sydney and Shanghai. “It has been shown that cooperative learning in groups can enhance cognitive development and develop a greater capacity among students for reflection through exploratory talk.” (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011, p. 143)
Extension Task (for early finishers): Students are to research the top 10 'green' cities in the world. Is Sydney in the top 10? Why are they top 10? What actions contributed to this status? Are there precautions/ideas that Sydney could implement to become the most 'green'? Report findings to the class.
Assessment Task: Students are to each calculate their carbon footprint. I have ‘scooped’ a ‘carbon calculator’ that I thought was appropriate to Stage 3 students. This can be a take-home task, as they may need their parents to assist them with certain figures. They can then reflect on the result as a journal entry and propose ways that they could reduce their carbon footprint.
Gilbert, R. Hoepper, B. (2011). Teaching Society and Environment. Australia. Cengage Learning Australia