Activity Introduction

Earth-Hour-sugarcane-2-heroQuick 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.

earth-hour-160x160In 2017, WWF is celebrating 10 years of Earth Hour and 10 years of progress on changing climate change. Our actions on climate change will shape the future for our children. They know more about climate change than any other generation. And they have extraordinary views on what they want for their planet. You and your students can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting earthhour.org.au to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register for Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 24th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 25th March 8:30-9:30pm. Switch off to #JoinTheFuture.

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.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1.

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 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 F-2 The Arts – Drama

  • Explore role and dramatic action in dramatic play, improvisation and process drama (ACADRM027)
  • Present drama that communicates ideas, including stories from their community, to an audience (ACADRM029)

Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-4WS, ST1-8ES, DRAS1.1, DRAS1.2, DRAS1.3.

Topic: Climate change

Time required: 48 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

Earth-Hour-storm-heroTeacher 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: Earth Hour is a WWF-Australia initiative, which over the past 10 years 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 inviting kids around the country to share the news about climate change. From an early age, these kids have been taught to be active recyclers, awa

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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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