Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students look at today’s weather in different parts of the country and world and imagine what it would be like to live with that weather. Students investigate if today’s weather is expected at this time of the year and how the locals would respond to this weather. Students then present their findings to the class. Finally, students are asked to make a new weather map of today’s weather and to present this map to the class in the style of a television weather presenter.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise different types of weather around Australia and the world.
  • Students understand how local weather relates to climate in different parts of Australia and the world.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 3 Geography

  • The main climate types of the world and the similarities and differences between the climates of different places (ACHASSK068)
  • Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI053)
  • Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms (ACHASSI061)

Year 3 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print,and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1682)
  • Use software including word processing programs with growing speed and efficiency to construct and edit texts featuring visual, print and audio elements (ACELY1685)

Syllabus OutcomesEN2-2A, EN2-3AGE2-1, GE2-4

Topic: Climate change

Time required: 60 mins

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

Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, drawing or writing materials.

Digital technology opportunities: Bureau of Meteorology (www.bom.gov.au), digital sharing capabilities.

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

Keywords: Climate, weather, Australia, world.

 

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: In this activity students look at today's weather in different parts of the country and world and imagine what it would be like to live with that weather. Students recognise different types of weather around Australia and the world, and begin to understand how this weather relates to climate in these areas.

Hot tips: If time is limited, consider only using the Australia-based activities, and ignore the investigation of global weather.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Begin this activity by asking students to watch the following video (also available on the student worksheet - http://video.nationalgeographic.com.au/video/science/earth-sci/weather-101-sci/):

Ask students to record all the different types of weather in the video (or as many as they can). Write student responses on the board.

Step 2. Most of us would have heard someone complaining about the weather, and it is quite likely that your students themselves have co

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Where does the weather come from?

Watch the following video and record as many different types of weather as you can below (http://video.nationalgeographic.com.au/video/science/earth-sci/weather-101-sci/):

Write the types of weather you see here:

 

Investigating the weather in Australia

City/Region

What are today’s expected maximum and minimum temperatures? 

What are the forecast weather conditions today (sunshine, storms, rain)? 

What are the average temperatures for this place at this time of the year? 

       

 

What do you think a local would say about the weather in this place today? (For example, "Gosh, it never usually gets this hot at this time of the year. It is usually cold and rainy and never gets above 15 degrees Celsius.") Write your statement here:

 

Investigating the weather around the world

City/Region

What are today’s expected maximum and minimum temperatures?

What are the forecast

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