13 February 2018
Earthwatch Australia's ClimateWatch program has partnered with Cool Australia to build lessons in the areas of mathematics, geography, and science. The lessons focus on phenology, climate change and citizen science and are all linked to the Australian Curriculum and syllabus. Reach their links below!
In this unit students use the ClimateWatch app and website to explore relationships between biodiversity and climate change, and investigate the ways that citizen scientists can contribute to the scientific work on these issues.
In this unit students work to create a school biodiversity trail inspired by the ClimateWatch Trails. The aim of this unit is to create a school biodiversity trail that can be used by students at your school, both now and in the future. There is considerable work in creating this trail and all the information required to participate in biodiversity surveys along the trail: this could be completed as a term-long project. Once the trail is established and supporting materials have been created, students could complete Lesson 1 and participate in a single biodiversity survey along the trail which could be completed in the course of one lesson.
In this unit students use the ClimateWatch app and website to explore how mathematical skills underpin the study of biodiversity and climate change. Students use data from ClimateWatch to analyse and communicate real-world trends to an audience of their peers.
ClimateWatch is an authentic learning experience that can be incorporated into secondary and tertiary school subjects, school ground explorations, field excursions, camps, or a long-term learning and phenology-monitoring activity. Taking part in citizen science that monitors and records plant and animal behaviour is naturally aligned to the Science stream of the national curriculum. ClimateWatch is also a great way to build student capacity in critical and creative thinking, numeracy and ITC skills.
Cool Australia is a 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.