Activity Introduction

Earth-Hour-sugarcane-2-heroQuick summary: In this activity students explore the different types of weather through creating and acting in a class play. They begin the activity by discussing different types of weather and how they different types of weather could be conveyed through movement and sound.

earth-hour-160x160In 2016, Earth Hour will celebrate the places we love that make our outdoor lifestyle and the Aussie way of life so great. Our beaches, rivers, reefs, snow-capped mountains, farmland and national parks uniquely distinguish Australia as the “lucky country”. You can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting earthhour.org.au to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register in Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 18th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 19th March 8:30-9:30pm.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise different types of weather.
  • Students understand that weather affects plants, animals and people.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 1 Science

  • Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape (ACSSU019)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS029)

Year 2 Science

  • Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE034)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS042)

Year F-2 The Arts – Drama

  • Explore role and dramatic action in dramatic play, improvisation and process drama (ACADRM027)
  • Present drama that communicates ideas, including stories from their community, to an audience (ACADRM029)

Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-4WS, ST1-8ES, DRAS1.1, DRAS1.2, DRAS1.3.

Topic: Climate change

Time required: 48 mins +

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate discussion, oversee creation and performance of play.

Resources required: Students worksheet, costumes for play (optional).

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Keywords: Weather, storm, rain, wind, sunshine, hail, snow, thunder, lightening, movement, sound.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Earth-Hour-storm-heroTeacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: In this activity students explore the different types of weather through creating and acting in a class play. Students recognise different types of weather and understand that weather affects plants, animals and people.

Teacher content information: Earth Hour is a WWF-Australia initiative which has grown into the world’s largest community-driven campaign for the planet. At the centre of the campaign is the symbolic collective action of switching off the lights. Through this action, individuals, businesses, schools and communities join a visible statement of commitment to act on climate change. Participation remains a powerful reminder to our political leaders that there is ongoing concern and demand for the government to act on climate change.

This year Earth Hour is shining the spotlight on the impact of climate change on the Places We Love. One of the things that makes Australia so great is the beautiful outdoor lifestyle we live. Fr

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Do fish know when it's raining?

Pick one type of weather that you talked about in class. Write that type of weather here:

What words can be used to describe the way this weather moves:

What sounds does this weather make:


Draw this weather, showing how it affects plants and animals:

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