The Greenhouse Effect


Lesson Purpose

  1. To gain an understanding that Planet Earth is in trouble and needs immediate care. 
  2. To encourage personal action to reduce the impact on this planet.
  3. To help the earth's passengers to survive through a focus on the Greenhouse effect, global warming, alternative energy sources and preservation of our natural environment

Time Needed

1 hr

Year Levels

Year 5 - 7


TEEC Staff Member

General Comments

A quiet discussion type lesson. Involves a short DVD. 

Australian Curriculum

During the course of this activity it may be possible to target a number of the "Content Descriptions" across year levels five to seven.

Year 5

Science Understanding
Earth and space sciences
  • The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun).
Science as a Human Endeavour
Use and influence of science
  • Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions.
Unit 2 :  Managing Australian communities
  • The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places.
  • The environment and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them.

Unit 5 :  Australian communities of the future

  • The difference between needs and wants and why choices need to be made about how limited resources are used. 
  • Types of resources (natural, human, capital) and the ways societies use them to satisfy the needs and wants of present and future generations.


Year 6

Science Understanding
Biological sciences
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment.

Earth and space sciences

  • Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth’s surface.

Physical sciences

  • Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a variety of sources.
Science as a Human Endeavour
Use and influence of science
  • Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions.
Unit 5 : Making decisions to benefit my community
  • How the concept of opportunity cost involves choices about the alternative use of resources and the need to consider trade-offs.
  • The effect that consumer and financial decisions can have on the individual, the broader community and the environment.


Year 7

Science Understanding
Biological sciences
  • Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities, can be represented by food chains and food webs.

Science as a Human Endeavour 

Nature and development of science
  • Scientific knowledge has changed peoples'understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available.
  • Science knowledge can develop through collaboration and connecting ideas across the disciplines of science.

Use and influence of science

  • Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations.
  • People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity.
Geographical Knowledge and Understanding
Unit 1 : Water in the world
  • The classification of environmental resources and the forms that water takes as a resource.
  • The ways that flows of water connects places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places.
  • The quantity and variability of Australia's water resources compared with other continents.
  • The nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it, including studies drawn from Australia and West Asia and/or North Africa.
  • The causes, impacts and responses to an atmospheric or hydrological hazard.

Unit 2 : Place and liveability

  • The factors that influence the decisions people make about where to live and their perceptions of the liveability of places.
  • The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places.
Last reviewed 06 February 2020
Last updated 06 February 2020