Activity Introduction

sunQuick summary: In this activity students are introduced to the topic of weather. Students begin by watching a short clip about weather and identifying the types of weather present in the video and those that are absent. Students then use photos from the Cool Australia Toolbox to create a poster or montage about weather.

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 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 a range of different weather types.
  • Student recognise the ways that weather can affect our environment.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

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)

Syllabus OutcomesST1-4WS, ST1-8ES

Topic: Climate change

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion and oversee activity.

Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, access to printer.

Digital technology opportunities: Searching for and downloading images from the Cool Australia Digital Toolbox, digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: Weather, animals, plants, photos.

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


Teacher Worksheet

storm-polaroidTeacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: In this activity students are introduced to the topic of weather. They identify a range of different weather types and recognise how the weather affects our environment.

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. From beaches, rainforests and rivers, to snow-capped

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Why is it colder at night than during the day?

Watch this video about weather:

Cummulus & Nimbus


What types of weather did you see in the video? Write them here:


What types of weather were missing from the video? Write them here:


What is the strangest weather you have ever experienced? Write about it here:

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