IPCC - How do electric cars work?

IPCC - How do electric cars work?

Lesson 8 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

Students understand how electric cars work, and demonstrate how they can reduce carbon emissions from transportation, while also considering some of the challenges associated with this solution.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

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

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain, with diagrams and technical language, how electric cars work
  • explain, with evidence, how such cars reduce carbon emissions.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
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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

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work IPCC Climate Change Solutions

Teaching Time required: 60 minutes.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Discuss the IPCC report with students, directly instruct students on how electric vehicles work, and support them in independent work

Resources required

  • A device capable of presenting a video to the class (optional)
  • Art materials – coloured pencils and textas
  • Individual devices capable of accessing the internet – one per student (optional)
  • Presentation Slides (optional)
  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student (optional)
  • Whiteboard


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

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking

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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