Climate Literacy: Living With Climate Change

Climate Literacy: Living With Climate Change

Lesson 5 of 5 in this unit

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

Lesson summary

Students will look at how climate science is helping us to create technologies that can help us live with climate change. They will explore these technologies within the categories of food and fibre, energy, transport and urban design. Students will create a model of a house or community that incorporates these technologies.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand that technologies have already and continue to be developed to help us live with climate change.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • research and explain different technologies designed to help us live with climate change
  • create a model or drawing that shows how these technologies can be incorporated into our everyday lives. 

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Climate Change Factsheet
Talking About Climate Change

Lesson details


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

  • creative thinking
  • critical thinking
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • problem solving
  • prototyping

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)
  • Investigate how advances in technologies enable advances in science, and how science has contributed to developments in technologies and engineering (AC9S10H02)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking

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. They analyse the relationship between science, technologies and engineering.

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

  • Butchers paper and markers
  • Climate Change Fact Sheet - optional
  • Devices for students to conduct research 
  • Materials for creating designs, e.g. drawing materials or 3D model-making materials
  • Pitch Fact Sheet 
  • Pitch Rubric
  • Student Worksheet - one per 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 - oversee class discussions and group 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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