IPCC - Everything you need to know about energy

IPCC - Everything you need to know about energy

Lesson 1 of 15 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Year 5 - 8
  • Science
  • Earth and Space
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • ...

Lesson summary

This lesson is Cool’s one-stop-shop on fossil fuels, renewable energies, and how they impact climate change.

It comes with a guided lesson plan for teachers, presentation slides with relevant information, and guided student worksheets for independent inquiry.

Students explore a range of methods of energy generation and how they impact the climate. Students write information summaries of each method. Finally, students write a persuasive summary advocating for one method of energy generation. 

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • demonstrate ways in which net-zero carbon emissions can be reached by 2050.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • describe, using scientific vocabulary, different methods of producing energy
  • demonstrate a connection between different methods of producing energy and carbon emissions
  • advocate for a certain method of energy production with the primary goal of producing net-zero carbon emissions from energy production by 2050.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 6:

Year 6 Science:

  • Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources (ACSSU097)

Relevant parts of the Year 6 Science achievement standards: Students analyse requirements for the transfer of electricity and describe how energy can be transformed from one form to another when generating electricity

Year 7:

Year 7 Science:

  • Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)

Relevant parts of the Year 7 Science achievement standards: Students analyse how the sustainable use of resources depends on the way they are formed and cycle through Earth systems

Syllabus OutcomesST3-6PW, SC4-12ES

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Discuss the IPCC report with students, lead students through explicit teaching about various methods of energy generation, and support students in independent research and independent creative work

Resources required


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

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Digital literacy
  • Global citizenship

Additional info

Cool would like to thank the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation for generously supporting the development of these lessons.

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