Quick summary: In this activity students explore the use of four seasons as a way of describing the annual changes in climate. Students begin this activity by brainstorming typical associations with the seasons. They then investigate Indigenous interpretations of seasonal change using the Bureau of Meteorology website, and then work in groups to create their own new seasons according to what they have experienced in their area.
- Students understand that seasons are based upon changes in climate over the course of a year.
- Students recognise that Indigenous Australians have their own way of understanding seasons.
- Students recognise that using four seasons may not always be the best way to understand the changes in climate in different parts of Australia.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Intercultural understanding.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 2 Mathematics
- Name and order months and seasons (ACMMG040)
Year 2 Geography
- The ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples maintain special connections to particular Country/Place (ACHASSK049)
- Present narratives, information and findings in oral, graphic and written forms using simple terms to denote the passing of time and to describe direction and location (ACHASSI043)
Topic: Climate change
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion, oversee activity
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheets, poster making materials.
Digital technology opportunities: Navigation around Bureau of Meteorology Indigenous Weather Knowledge website, online brainstorming tools (e.g. bubbl.us or mindmeister).
Homework and extension opportunities: None.
Keywords: Seasons, climate, weather, indigenous.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.