Activity Introduction

The science behind the weather and forecasting the weather is fascinating. Record weather observations over time as you connect with websites to observe the systems that impact the weather around the world. 

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Middle to Upper Primary Ages 7 – 12

Themes: 

  • investigate 
  • fresh air 
  • think and connect 

Time required: 30 minutes a day, over time 

Curriculum connections: Science, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Resources Required

  • Device for watching video clips
  • Paper and pencil 
  • Rain gauge – you can buy one from a hardware store or make your own with a bottle/jar and a ruler
  • Thermometer for use outside (from a hardware store)

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Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

What's the Weather? - Activity Instructions

The science behind the weather and forecasting the weather is fascinating. Record weather observations over time as you connect with websites to observe the systems that impact the weather around the world. 

Scientists observe what is happening around them, record data and look for patterns. Become a meteorologist in your own home by studying the weather conditions daily. Meteorologists use science and maths to understand and predict weather and climate. They also study how the atmospheric and weather conditions affect the earth and its human inhabitants.

Part A: Setting Up Your Weather Station 

Step 1. You can buy a cheap rain gauge and outside thermometer from a hardware store, or use what you have around you. A mobile phone will tell you the local temperature and you can make a rain gauge out of a straight-sided bottle or jar and a ruler. If you do decide to make your own, check the internet for further instructions. 

Step 2. Choose a

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