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.

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This activity has been created in partnership with WWF-Australia. Earth Hour is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off lights to show a commitment to taking action. Thousands of teachers use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.

Join the program and take part in Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 23rd March 2018. You can also involve family and friends in Earth Hour on Saturday 24th March 2018 8:30-9:30pm.

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).

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, and is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off lights to show a commitment to taking action. Thousands of teachers use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.

Download the Earth Hour starter kit for your school: Earth Hour for Schools

NOTE: 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.

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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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