Teachers implementing this lesson can engage students in thinking about the practical implications of climate change on food production specific to a familiar lunchbox staple, the humble banana. Students will work through a series of linked literacy and numeracy activities to explore the impacts of climate change on Australia’s banana plantation farmers in recent years. This lesson meets selected Australian Curriculum outcomes for Years 3 and 4 in the subjects of Geography and Mathematics.
- grasp the significance of climate change impacts upon food production in Australia
- conceptualise the global climate change issue affecting life in their home country
- work with maps to obtain and interpret data.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 3 HASS (Geography):
- The representation of Australia as states and territories and as Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples; and major places in Australia, both natural and human (ACHASSK066)
- Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions (ACHASSI060)
Year 3 Mathematics:
- Recall multiplication facts of two, three, five and ten and related division facts (ACMNA056)
- Represent money values in multiple ways and count the change required for simple transactions to the nearest five cents (ACMNA059)
Year 4 Mathematics:
- Develop efficient mental and written strategies and use appropriate digital technologies for multiplication and for division where there is no remainder (ACMNA076)
Year 4 HASS (Geography):
- The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people (ACHASSK088)
- Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions (ACHASSI081)
Time needed: 60 minutes.
- Student Worksheet
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