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.
- demonstrate ways in which net-zero carbon emissions can be reached by 2050.
- explain, with diagrams and technical language, how electric cars work
- explain, with evidence, how such cars reduce carbon emissions.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
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 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 Outcomes: ST3-6PW, 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
- 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)
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Critical thinking
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.