Quick summary: Students investigate how floods and droughts affect both the natural environment and farming. Students begin by identifying key features of floods and droughts, and then write a short story about how a native plant or animal experiences floods and droughts. This lesson meets selected Australian Curriculum outcomes for Years 3 and 4 in the subjects of English, Science and Geography.
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- Students will be able to identify floods and droughts.
- Students will recognise how floods and droughts affect our environment and the people living in these places.
- Students will use their creative writing skills to write a short story.
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking
Cross curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 3 English
- Create imaginative texts based on characters, settings and events from students’ own and other cultures using visual features, for example perspective, distance and angle (ACELT1601)
- Create texts that adapt language features and patterns encountered in literary texts, for example characterisation, rhyme, rhythm, mood, music, sound effects and dialogue (ACELT1791)
Year 3 Geography
- The main climate types of the world and the similarities and differences between the climates of different places (ACHASSK068)
Year 4 English
- Create literary texts that explore students’ own experiences and imagining (ACELT1607)
- Create literary texts by developing storylines, characters and settings (ACELT1794)
Year 4 Science
- Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
- Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075)
Time needed: 60 minutes.
Resources required: Internet access, Student Worksheet.
Key words: Climate change, Earth Hour, impacts, floods, droughts, environment, future.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.