Changing Climates – Grades 7-8

Lessons will engage in the science and emotions of climate change allowing students to understand cause and effect and the effects of human activities on the environment.

They will explore the impacts of climate change on human and non-human communities, developing critical thinking and building empathy whilst exploring individual and collective actions to inspire positive change.

What’s included in this module?

Teacher resources4 x lesson plans
Scheme of work
Teacher pack
Lesson resources9 x lesson resources
Parent resourcesParent Pack
Vole’s Big Flood

Aims & Objectives

Lessons will engage in the science and emotions of climate change allowing students to understand cause and effect and the effects of human activities on the environment.

They will explore the impacts of climate change on human and non-human communities, developing critical thinking and building empathy whilst exploring individual and collective actions to inspire positive change.

What you will learn

Lesson 1 | Immerse | Our Changing Climate
Engaging with some of the realities of climate change, introducing the science and exploring ‘Deep Time’

Lesson 2 | Understand | Cause and Effect
Exploring causes and effects of climate change and understanding the influence of human activities

Lesson 3 | Perspectives | The Ripple Effects
Empathising with the impact of climate change in different communities, contexts and environments

Lesson 4 | Empower | Be the Change
Connecting with global change-makers and exploring emotional responses to climate change, learning to move from anxiety to empowerment

Module alignments

Grade | AgesGrade 7-8 | 12-14 years
CAPS SubjectGeography | Life Orientation | Natural Sciences
Grade 7 alignmentGeography: Term 2: Floods
a. Environmental factors and causes of floods
b. Effects of floods and natural disasters on the population

Geography: Term 4: Natural resources
a. Use and abuse of natural resources and the impacts of abusing them on the environment

Geography: Term 4: Management of resources
a. Exploring the concept of resource conservation

Natural Sciences: Term 2: Properties of materials
a. Impacts of our materials and our material use on the environment

Natural Sciences: Term 2: Separating mixtures
a. Sorting and recycling materials

Life Orientation: Term 3: Health, social and environmental responsibility
a. Local environmental health problems
b. Exploring community organisations or projects that prevent or deal with environmental problems
Grade 8 alignmentGeography: Term 2: Climate around the world
a. Impacts of climate change on populations

Natural Science: Term 1: Interactions and interdependence
a. Interactions and interdependence within the environment
b. Conservation of the environmental ecosystems
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Module Includes

  • 4 Lessons

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