Students explore the role of oceans as carbon sinks. they begin by watching a clip about ocean acidification and reading quotes from We Are the Weather Makers and responding to a series of related questions. They are then asked to create an infographic describing the role of oceans and sinks and the process of ocean acidification.
These activities “… are an invaluable tool for teachers to address climate change in an educationally relevant, scientifically sound, and action-based way.” – Tim Flannery (Read more)
- understand the role of oceans in absorbing CO2
- understand how CO2 is absorbed by sea water
- recognise the impacts of ocean acidification on marine environments.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 10 Science:
- Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere (ACSSU189)
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priorities: Sustainability OI.1.
Syllabus Outcomes: SC5-12ES.
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity
- Internet access
- student worksheet
- Digital technology opportunities: Infographic creation (DIY infographic background information)
- digital sharing capabilities.
- Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.
- Key reading from We Are the Weather Makers: Chapter 3 – The Greenhouse Gases
- Further reading from the book: Chapter 19 – How Can They Keep On Moving, Chapter 15 – Rising Waters
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge:
- Tim Flannery
- David Harding, Rose Iser, Sally Stevens
- Text Publishing and Purves Environmental Fund
- Climate Council