Students explore the Earth's spheres and the interconnections between them while learning how climate change affects their interactions. They also investigate how human actions can positively influence these spheres and create solutions to climate-related issues.
- Understand what each of Earth’s spheres are and how they are interconnected, as well as how humans can positively impact the spheres to lessen the effects of climate change.Intention 2
- Name and describe each of Earth’s spheres
- Describe the interactions between Earth’s spheres
- Understand how climate change affects the interactions between Earth’s spheres
- Recall positive human actions that aim to lessen the impact of climate change on the spheres
Lesson guides and printables
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Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description: Year 9 Earth and Space Sciences
- Represent the carbon cycle and examine how key processes, including combustion, photosynthesis, and respiration rely on interactions between Earth’s spheres (the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere) (AC9S9U03)
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking
Syllabus outcomes: Stage 5 ES3
Relevant parts of Year 9 Science achievement standards:
Students can explain how interactions within and between Earth’s spheres affect the carbon cycle.
- Device capable of presenting audiovisual material
- A3 blank paper
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – facilitate discussion and research.
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.
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