Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students think about what the weather is doing today both where they are and in other parts of Australia. They begin by discussing what the weather is doing where they are and what clues in the classroom could be used to work out what sort of weather you are having (e.g. clothing, heating and cooling). Students then work as a class to investigate the weather around the country using the Weatherzone website, and then create their own weather map for the country.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise a range of weather types.
  • Students understand that the weather is different in different parts of Australia.
  • Students recognise a range of weather symbols used to communicate weather.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 1 Science

  • Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape (ACSSU019)
  • Participate in different types of guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials, testing ideas, and accessing information sources (ACSIS025)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS029)

Year 1 Geography

  • The weather and seasons of places and the ways in which different cultural groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, describe them (ACHASSK032)

Year 2 Science

  • Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE034)
  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)

Year 2 Geography

  • Sort and record information and data, including location, in tables and on plans and labelled maps (ACHASSI036)
  • 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)

Syllabus Outcomes: GE1-1

Topic: Climate change

Time required: 48 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Facilitate discussion, lead investigation of Weatherzone website, oversee activity.

Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, large map of Australia, drawing materials.

Digital technology opportunities: Use of Weatherzone website, digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension or homework.

Keywords: Weather, local, Australia, storm, sunshine, rain, wind.


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


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: In this activity students think about what the weather is doing today both where they are and in other parts of Australia. Students recognise a range of weather types and where these occur in different parts of Australia.

Teacher content information: While climate change is a complex concept with science that is beyond the reach of most young children, students in years 1 and 2 can still engage with the topic by exploring the topic of weather and its impact on plants, animals and humans.

Hot tips: Prior to this activity, create or print a large map of Australia (e.g. from Google Maps) that you can use to create a weather map with your students.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was created to:
  • provide policymakers (governments) with regular scientific updates about climate change;
  • highlight the impact climate change wi
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