Activity Introduction

storm-polaroidQuick summary: In this activity students think about what the weather is doing today both where they are and in other parts of Australia. They begin by discussing what the weather is doing where they are and what clues in the classroom could be used to work out what sort of weather you are having (e.g. clothing, heating and cooling). Students then work as a class to investigate the weather around the country using the Weatherzone website, and then create their own weather map for the country.

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 weather types.
  • Students understand that the weather is different in different parts of Australia.
  • Students recognise a range of weather symbols used to communicate weather.

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)
  • Participate in different types of guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials, testing ideas, and accessing information sources (ACSIS025)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS029)

Year 1 Geography

  • The weather and seasons of places and the ways in which different cultural groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, describe them (ACHASSK032)
  • Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources provided (ACHASSI019)

Year 2 Science

  • Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE034)
  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)

Year 2 Geography

  • Sort and record information and data, including location, in tables and on plans and labelled maps (ACHASSI036)
  • Present narratives, information and findings in oral, graphic and written forms using simple terms to denote the passing of time and to describe direction and location (ACHASSI043)

Syllabus OutcomesGE1-1, GE1-3, GE-2ST1-9ES, ST1-4WS, ST1-8ES

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Facilitate discussion, lead investigation of Weatherzone website, oversee activity.

Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, large map of Australia, drawing materials.

Digital technology opportunities: Use of Weatherzone website, digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension or homework.

Keywords: Weather, local, Australia, storm, sunshine, rain, wind.

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


Teacher Worksheet

climate-changeTeacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: In this activity students think about what the weather is doing today both where they are and in other parts of Australia. Students recognise a range of weather types and where these occur in different parts of Australia.

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.

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Where do clouds come from?

Draw a picture of yourself enjoying the weather today at your school. What are you wearing?

Draw a picture of yourself in another part of Australia enjoying a different type of weather. What are you wearing?

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