Weather Makers - Oceans and sinks

Weather Makers - Oceans and sinks

Lesson 10 of 15 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Conservation
  • Oceans
  • ...

Lesson summary

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)

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • 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

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

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 OutcomesSC5-12ES

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activity

Resources required

  • 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

Additional info

Cool Australia would like to acknowledge:

  • Tim Flannery
  • David Harding, Rose Iser, Sally Stevens
  • Text Publishing and Purves Environmental Fund
  • Climate Council
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