Activity Introduction

sun Quick summary: In this activity students will observe the weather every day for a month, recording what the weather was like on each day, how windy it was and what the temperature was. Students begin the activity by discussing the different types of weather they might experience where they are, and then make observations about the weather they are experiencing today. Students repeat their observations over a set period of time (e.g. week, fortnight, month) and make assessments about the weather they have observed.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise a range of weather types.
  • Students understand that the weather changes frequently but that we can make some predictions about weather based on season and time of year.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking

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 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)

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)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS042)

Syllabus OutcomesGE1-1, GE-2 ST1-9ESST1-4WS, ST1-8ES.

Topic: Climate change

Time required: Ongoing (can be set over one week, fortnight or month – will require one session to introduce activity, 10 minutes each day for weather observations, and one session for conclusions.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate discussion, oversee observations and record keeping.

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

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

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

Keywords: Weather, temperature, observations, daily, seasons.

 

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

climate-changeTeacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: In this activity students will observe the weather every day for a month, recording what the weather was like on each day, how windy it was and what the temperature was.

Teacher content information: While climate change is a complex concept with science that is beyond the reach of most young children, students in years 1 and 2 can still engage with the topic by exploring the topic of weather and its impact on plants, animals and humans.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Begin this activity by asking if students ever see or hear the weather forecast on the radio, television or internet. What does the weather forecast tell us? Talk to them about how the weather forecast can tell us about whether it will be sunny or rainy, how warm or cold it will be, and whether there will be strong and dangerous winds.

What words can your class think of to describe the main types of weather you experience where you are (e.g. windy, sunny, cl

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What do we mean when we say "Four seasons in one day"?

Use this table to record the weather and temperature at your school.

Date

Weather

Temperature

 

Reflection questions

What is the main type of weather you observed?

 

What was the main temperature you observed?

 

Do you think this is normal for this type of year (i.e. do you think this is normal for this season?)? Why or why not?

 

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