Investigate How Animals Are Impacted by Their Environment

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This course was created in partnership with WWF-Australia. Earth Hour is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off non-essential lights to show a commitment to taking action. Thousands of teachers use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.


Almost 70% of 7-12 year olds have heard about climate change. For this age group, environmental concerns rank above terrorism. This course will help inspire your students to feel optimistic about their future by investigating how animals adapt to climate change. You’ll discover how to teach curriculum-aligned lessons using WWF-Australia’s Earth Hour. You’ll build your confidence to teach about climate change in geography and science by learning:

  • How others teach about climate change in their curriculum.
  • How to explore climate change by focusing on animals.
  • The basics of climate science such as weather, global warming and climate change.
  • How to teach about climate change and care for students’ mental health.
  • Where to find teaching resources and lesson plans.


This course will take 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks.


This course is on-demand and for private study. Learn at your own pace and at times that suit you. Get a certificate when you finish. You will have ongoing access.


  • Year 3 to Year 6: Geography, Science
  • Year 9 and Year 10: Geography, Science
  • General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy
  • Cross curriculum priorities: Sustainability


This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher
2.1.2 – Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
3.3.2 – Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
3.4.2 – Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.


This program has been approved for accreditation within the ACT for 2023.
Please be advised you will be accredited within 14 days of completion.  


Jarryd Bendall comes from a long line of teachers, which is why he initially avoided this calling. After a myriad of roles in law, medicine, used car sales, and as the mascot for the Western Bulldogs AFL team, Jarryd eventually taught primary school for a number of years, before combining his love for writing and education at an Education Specialist role with Cool. This role sees him as a bridge between knowledgeable industry experts and classroom teachers, bringing excellence into the classroom and challenging the average curriculum with innovative and effective ideas.


Interviews with Loretta Leary
Loretta is an experience classroom teacher at Mount Waverley Primary School. For over 17 years, she has been developing her school’s sustainability program and curriculum scope and sequence. Loretta won the Sir John Monash Award for Sustainability Leadership in 2016 and the ResourceSmart Schools Sustainability Teacher of the Year in 2017.



Interviews with Andrew Vance
Andrew is an award-winning science teacher at Melbourne Girls’ College. Self-confessed ‘fish geek’, and solar and pedal power enthusiast, Andrew is passionate about igniting a love of learning in his students. Andrew is also a part-time stay at home dad who is very proud to have put three kids through cloth nappies.

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