While our environment undergoes natural changes humans can also create environmental change. Students will explore how humans shape the world around them and the flow on effects for other living things.
- analyse how human changes to the environment affect the growth and survival of living things.
- explain how changes in physical conditions affect living things
- explain how human changes are different to natural changes.
Lesson guides and printables
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- critical thinking
- digital literacy
Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description:
- Investigate the physical conditions of a habitat and analyse how the growth and survival of living things is affected by changing physical conditions AC9S6U01
Relevant parts of Year 6 achievement standards:
Students can explain how changes in physical conditions affect living things.
NSW Syllabus outcomes: ST1-4LW-S
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
UN Sustainable Development Goals
UN SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
- Target 15.5: Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and, by 2020, protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species
- Device to show the students online maps (optional: with Google Earth Pro Installed, see teacher content)
- Devices for students to conduct online research
- Student worksheets, 1 per student
This unit of lessons, along with the other units in the Skills and Jobs For a Transitioned Economy package, aim to teach students how to be climate solution entrepreneurs. These lessons will equip students with the relevant skills and knowledge of jobs and career pathways that will be able to sustain our economy once it has transitioned away from fossil fuels. Cool.org thanks our philanthropic partners, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Boundless Earth, for their generous contributions in helping us to create these resources.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – present information, facilitate class discussion.
Related professional Learning
Quick summary: Almost 70% of 7-12-year-olds have heard about climate change. For this age group, environmental concerns rank above terrorism. This course will help inspire your students to feel optimistic about their future by investigating how animals adapt to climate change. You’ll discover how to teach curriculum-aligned lessons using WWF-Australia’s Earth Hour.