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The Earth is fragile and humans have a pivotal role to play in its future. 

Inquiry Questions

Are all of Earth’s resources renewable?
How does the position of the Sun effect the Earth?

Australian Curriculum

Resources

Science by Doing

Science by Doing is a comprehensive website for high school Science Years 7-10 covering the Australian Curriculum. This site is free to all Australian students and teachers and presents science in an engaging, guided inquiry-based approach to lift student interest and understanding. 

Link: Science by Doing curriculum units

This sequence of lessons has a number of animations, videos, prompts, and activities that can be used in remote learning situations. A number of the practical activities utilise limited physical resources, and as such students can still engage with hands-on learning at home. 

Cool Australia

Cool Australia creates units of work and learning that can be downloaded and used directly in the classroom. There is as digital library to support the learning that contains videos, images, infographics, research and news articles. 

Link: Cool Australia Investigation

In this lesson, students will be immersed in, and connect with, the documentary film 2040, focusing on the topic of sustainability and renewable energy. 

ABC Education

The ABC Education website offers a range of videos, news, interactives, and resources to support classrooms in Australia. 

Link: ABC Education website

This video explores why seasons happen when they do, and has utility both as a student and teacher resource. 

 

Caritas

Caritas provides an array of resources for schools that have information, classroom learning tasks and calls to action. 

Link: Caritas unit - Planet Protectors

A secondary school teaching resource named Planet Protectors exploring environmental care and climate justice through a Catholic lens. It explores the theological imperative we have to take care of creation and offer ideas on how the school community can take action. The resource is advised to be used and adapted as individual lessons in your own units. 

 

NASA

The NASA Knows! Education website has a collection of resources that are framed around questions that NASA and their scientists would be likely to know the answer to. 

Link: NASA knows! website

In this resource, a selection of “frequently asked questions” are answered succinctly and with images or diagrams to support.  

Considerations and strategies for EAL Learners

Show students the morphemic breakdown of words where possible, so that they can use this in other instances to decode unfamiliar vocabulary (for example, non + renew + able). 

Predictions involve hypothesising. This requires the use of conditional language structures, which entails using multiple verb structures and tenses.  Provide clear models of conditional sentence structures for EAL/D students to follow (for example, I think that x will happen if y occurs). 

When reading about abstract concepts, EAL/D students may become lost in the information. Use visuals, models and labelled diagrams to support students’ understanding.  

Explicitly model the text structures, language and tenses required through classroom modelling and the use of exemplar texts and/or guided writing outlines.   Scanned versions of the Composing Written Science Texts model texts and language features could be used.