Quick summary: In this activity students explain the difference between climate and weather, and investigate past weather and climate events. Students begin the activity by engaging in a class discussion around weather and climate. They then break into groups and create an infographic that compares weather and climate, and includes examples of historical weather and climatic events. Students present their infographics to the class.
In 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.
- Students understand the differences between climate and weather.
- Students understand the relationship between climate and weather.
- Students recognise examples of past climate and weather events.
General capabilities: ICT capability, Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 3 Geography
- The main climate types of the world and the similarities and differences between the climates of different places (ACHASSK068)
- Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI053)
- Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple graphs, tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI054)
- Draw simple conclusions based on analysis of information and data (ACHASSI058)
- Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms (ACHASSI061)
Year 4 Science
- Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075)
- Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS071)
Year 4 Geography
- Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI074)
- Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple graphs, tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI075)
- Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms (ACHASSI082)
Topic: Climate change
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity, facilitate discussion
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet.
Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: Climate change, Australia, weather, climate, history, map.
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