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.
- understand that seasons are based upon changes in climate over the course of a year
- recognise that Indigenous Australians have their own way of understanding seasons
- recognise that using four seasons may not always be the best way to understand the changes in climate in different parts of Australia.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian curriculum content descriptions:
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)
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion, oversee activity
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Intercultural understanding.
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- poster making materials
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