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.
- recognise a range of weather types
- understand that the weather is different in different parts of Australia
- recognise a range of weather symbols used to communicate weather.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
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.
Time required: 48 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Facilitate discussion, lead investigation of Weatherzone website, oversee activity.
- Internet access
- Student worksheet
- Large map of Australia
- Drawing materials
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