Climate Literacy: Introducing Climate Change

Climate Literacy: Introducing Climate Change

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  • Secondary
  • Year 10
  • Science
  • Earth and Space
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will explore some of the key concepts relating to climate change, and will understand how the effects of climate change might impact the different spheres of the Earth.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • explore some of the main concepts relating to climate change.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain the differences between climate and weather
  • define key concepts relating to climate change, including climate, weather, the greenhouse effect, and global warming
  • identify the impacts of climate change and how they relate to the Earth's spheres.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Talking About Climate Change Factsheet
Climate Change Factsheet
Student Worksheet

Lesson details


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

  • critical thinking
  • communication

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description:

Year 10 Science: 

  • Use models of energy flow between the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere to explain patterns of global climate change (AC9S10U04)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy

Syllabus outcomes: SC5-ENV-01

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 10 Science achievement standards: Students describe trends in patterns of global climate change and identify causal factors. 

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

  • Target 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

Resources Required

  • Climate Change Fact Sheet
  • Device capable of sharing a YouTube video
  • Devices for student online research and with access to Canva or a presentation tool
  • Student Worksheet - one for each student
  • Teacher support - Talking About Climate Change Fact Sheet.

Resources can be found in the Lesson Plan above.

Additional Info

These lessons draw on concepts from the Carbon Almanac

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - lead class discussions and oversee independent activities.

Related Professional Learning

How To Teach Sustainability With Hope 

Quick Summary: This course will help you find out how to bring hope to challenging, upsetting or worrying topics around sustainability.

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