Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this interactive whiteboard lesson students explore the impact of droughts and floods on the Australian landscape. They build an understanding of how extreme weather events can impact on our food and farming.


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Requirements for this lesson: Interactive whiteboard, Smart Notebook software.

In this lesson students will:

  • Students use thinking tools to understand the impacts of flood and drought
  • Students are able to understand the impacts of climate 
  • Students begin to recognise the effect of climate change on Australian 

Interactive components

  • Click to reveal
  • Rub and reveal
  • Interactive sharing techniques

Cross-curricular priorities: Sustainability

  • OI.3 – Sustainable patterns of living rely on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological 
  • OI.6 – The sustainability of ecological, social and economic systems is achieved through informed individual and 
community action that values local and global equity and fairness across generations into the future.
  • OI.9 – Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of 

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Supportive resources: Cool Australia Foodie Webinar

Year levels: Year 3 & 4, Year 5 & 6

Download the file below!






The impact of flood and drought V3 on Australians(1) (Download)


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Teacher instructions

Each page has a teacher tip or detailed instruction in the orange teacher tab. Pull to the side and read before starting each activity.


All of Cool Australia IWB lessons use Smart Notebook software. This software is included with the Smart Board but is compatible with many other interactive whiteboards. It allows users to compile notes, images, and other media into virtual notebooks which can be projected and edited using the Smart Board itself.

1. When downloading the file from Cool Australia's website some browsers will need the .notebook extension. To add this extension to the file name select the “Save As” option when downloading the file, then select the dropdown box on the bottom and select “All Files” and add .notebook to the end of it.

2. If the file doesn't open check what Interactive board you are using and email: [email protected]

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