ClimateWatch

An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

For Educators

ClimateWatch is an authentic learning experience that can be incorporated into a school ground exploration, field excursion, camp, or a long-term learning activity.

Taking part in citizen science by monitoring and recording plant and animal behaviour is naturally aligned to the Science stream of the national curriculum.

ClimateWatch can be used to build cross-curriculum links in the areas of mathematics, geography, sustainability and Indigenous knowledge. ClimateWatch is also a great way to build student capacity in critical and creative thinking, numeracy and ITC skills.

Resources

There are four ClimateWatch lesson plans for upper primary and lower secondary school available on the right. More resources will be available soon.

Carbon kids logo

ClimateWatch is part of CSIRO’s Carbon Kids program, designed for schools that are committed to tackling climate change. You can find their curriculum resources here. ClimateWatch forms part of the Biodiversity Unit.

   

Questabird is a birdwatching game where the adventure is real. Observations submitted through this fun smartphone game also contribute to the ClimateWatch database. Questabird have a comprehensive teacher resource on biodiversity for primary school teachers.Find out more here.

   

Cool Australia

Cool Australia is another non-for-profit organisation that provides award winning curriculum resources about sustainability. Cool Australia has a range of free access teaching resources to support classroom learning. Simply register on their website, and browse through the huge collection of lesson plans.

The Cool Australia climate change and biodiversity topics have a range of activities and units that are perfect companions to ClimateWatch. For example, the ‘changing weather and our environment’ activity asks students to think about how weather and climate changes will affect plants and animals.