Earth Hour - Weather in the past and future

Earth Hour - Weather in the past and future

Lesson 18 of 27 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 4
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • ...

Lesson 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.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the differences between climate and weather
  • understand the relationship between climate and weather
  • recognise examples of past climate and weather events.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

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)

Syllabus OutcomesGE2-1, GE2-4ST2-4WS, ST2-8ES

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity, facilitate discussion

General capabilities: ICT capability, Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1.

Resources required

  • Internet access
  • Student worksheet

Additional info

This lesson has been created in partnership with WWF-Australia. Earth Hour is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off lights to show a commitment to taking action.

Thousands of teachers use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.

For the most up to date Earth Hour dates, times, and events, check here.

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