IPCC - Should we switch to electric cars?

IPCC - Should we switch to electric cars?

Lesson 12 of 15 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Year 5 - 8
  • English
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students consider some of the challenges associated with electric cars and debate whether they can truly help reduce carbon emissions from transportation. 

Learning intentions:

Students will...

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

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • compile and consider evidence in support of electric cars helping to reduce carbon emissions from transportation.
  • compile and consider evidence in opposition to electric cars helping to reduce carbon emissions from transportation.
  • write persuasively on whether electric cars can form part of the solution to working towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 6:

Year 6 English:

  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts (ACELY1713)

Relevant parts of the Year 6 English achievement standards: Students show how specific details can be used to support a point of view.

Year 7:

Year 7 English:

  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723)

Relevant parts of the Year 7 English achievement standards: Students understand how to draw on personal knowledge, textual analysis and other sources to express or challenge a point of view.

Syllabus OutcomesEN3-3A, EN4-2A.

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.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Discuss the IPCC report with students, guide their thinking on the electric car debate, and support them in independent work.

Resources Required

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

Skills

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

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Digital literacy 

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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