Activity Introduction

windQuick 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.

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.

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 The Arts

  • Content descriptor will be published as changes to the Australian Curriculum are made publicly available.

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 2 The Arts

  • Content descriptor will be published as changes to the Australian Curriculum are made publicly available.

Syllabus OutcomesST1-4WS, ST1-8ES

Topic: Climate change

Time required: 60 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

blue-skyTeacher 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: 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.

Hot tips: Consider organising a performance of your play for parents or other students.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Begin this activity by engaging students in a class discussion about different types of weather and their movements. For example:

  • Clouds - Clouds moving across the sky
  • Wind - Gentle winds blowing and whistling through the trees
  • Storm - The howling and roaring winds of a storm
  • Thunderstorm - The banging and crashing o
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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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