Quick summary: In this activity students look at today’s weather in different parts of the country and world and imagine what it would be like to live with that weather. Students investigate if today’s weather is expected at this time of the year and how the locals would respond to this weather. Students then present their findings to the class. Finally, students are asked to make a new weather map of today’s weather and to present this map to the class in the style of a television weather presenter.
- Students recognise different types of weather around Australia and the world.
- Students understand how local weather relates to climate in different parts of Australia and the world.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy.
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)
- Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms (ACHASSI061)
Year 3 English
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print,and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1682)
- Use software including word processing programs with growing speed and efficiency to construct and edit texts featuring visual, print and audio elements (ACELY1685)
Topic: Climate change
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and facilitate discussion
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, drawing or writing materials.
Digital technology opportunities: Bureau of Meteorology (www.bom.gov.au), digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension or homework.
Keywords: Climate, weather, Australia, world.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.