Climate Science: An Introduction To Climate Change

Climate Science: An Introduction To Climate Change

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  • Secondary
  • Year 9
  • Science
  • Earth and Space
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will investigate some of the key concepts relating to the greenhouse effect and climate change and will explore how the effects of climate change might impact the different spheres of the Earth.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • explore some of the main concepts relating to the greenhouse effect and climate change.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain the differences between climate and weather
  • define key concepts relating to climate change, including climate, weather, the greenhouse effect, and global warming
  • identify the impacts of climate change and how they relate to the Earth's spheres.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Climate Change Factsheet
Talking About Climate Change Factsheet

Lesson details


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • critical thinking
  • collaboration
  • communication

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description:

Year 9 Science:

  • Represent the carbon cycle and examine how key processes including combustion, photosynthesis and respiration rely on interactions between Earth’s spheres (the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere) (AC9S9U03)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative ThinkingLiteracy

Syllabus outcomes: SC5-ENV-01

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 9 Science achievement standards: Students explain how interactions within and between Earth’s spheres affect the carbon cycle.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

  • Target 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

Resources Required

  • A3 blank paper
  • Climate Change Fact Sheet
  • device capable of sharing audiovisual material
  • Devices for student online research
  • Student Worksheet - one for each student
  • Teacher support - Talking About Climate Change Fact Sheet.

Resources can be found in the Lesson Plan above.

Additional Info

These lessons draw on concepts from the Carbon Almanac

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - lead class discussions and oversee independent activities.

Related Professional Learning

How To Teach Sustainability With Hope 

Quick Summary: This course will help you find out how to bring hope to challenging, upsetting or worrying topics around sustainability.

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