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Teacher guide Activity: coal-fired class debate

TLF ID M014390

This is a web resource about reducing reliance on coal-fired power that provides a student activity accompanied by a teacher guide. It describes a class activity in which students debate the best way to reduce reliance on coal as a source of electricity. The activity requires students to research supporting evidence based on health, employment, economy and environmental benefits to assist them to argue their position. The resource provides a selection of potential solutions for reducing reliance on coal to serve as the basis for the debate, links to websites representing different points of view about coal-fired power, and a printable research learning tool.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource may be useful in supporting the Science Understanding strand of the science curriculum for years 6 and 7, particularly for the content descriptions that refer to energy from a variety of sources being used to generate electricity; and some of Earth's resources being renewable, while others are non-renewable. It may also be useful for Science as a Human Endeavour for years 6 and 7 for the content descriptions about scientific knowledge being used to inform personal and community decisions; and science and technology contributing to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues.
  • This resource supports the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority. It encourages students to consider various options for reducing reliance on coal as a source of energy.
Year level

6; 7

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Cool Australia
  • Organization: Cool Australia
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  • Publisher
  • Name: Cool Australia
  • Organization: Cool Australia
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  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • Text
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