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Curriculum content descriptions

Daily and seasonal changes in our environment affect everyday life (ACSSU004)

Elaborations
  • linking the changes in the daily weather to the way we modify our behaviour and dress for different conditions, including examples from different cultures
  • investigating how changes in the weather might affect animals such as pets, animals that hibernate, or migratory animals
  • learning how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander concepts of time and weather patterns explain how things happen in the world around them
ScOT terms

Weather,  Seasons

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Weather in my world

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the effect of the air, Sun and wind on weather through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Observational skills and appropriate language to describe the characteristics of weather are covered, as well as how weather affects our daily lives. Seven structured ...

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Weather: what is weather? - activity

This is a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) student worksheet about weather. The worksheet includes an aim, an introduction explaining what weather is and a series of questions about weather for students to respond to using pictures and words. Some of the questions are about what sort of clothes the students would wear and games ...

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Seasons

This is a video about the seasons of the year. It has a particular focus on which activities and sports can be played in each of the seasons. The resource presents the four seasons by showing pictures, describing the weather conditions and naming each season one by one. The video includes: sports played in winter, including ...

Teacher resource

Weather - activity

This is a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) web page containing a lesson plan on weather. The resource clearly sets out lesson objectives and provides a list of questions with sample answers. The resources and actions section of the lesson plan has a link to a student worksheet for the teacher to print out.

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Predicting weather

Students are given the role of being weather detectives and encouraged to think about different weather types. A number of tasks and activities enable students to explore and observe what information is used and how this information is obtained to predict what the weather is going to be.

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Making a rain gauge

How do you feel about the rain? This clip explains why rain is so important to farmers. You will see how to make a rain gauge and use it to measure how much rain falls. Farmers measure rainfall so they know when to do different jobs on their farms.

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Animals that like wet weather

Imagine a place where it rains most of the time. What sort of creatures might live there? This clip shows a very wet place where the animals need lots of water to survive.

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How do you know when rain is coming?

How can you tell when rain is on the way? Some animals seem to know when wet weather is coming. This clip explains some different ways that people can tell it's going to rain.

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How do apiarists farm their bees?

Have you ever wondered what a bee farm looks like? This clip shows how bee farmers (apiarists) look after their bees. Watch the bee hives being opened and see the honey being collected. View the machinery used to collect and bottle the honey.

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Wet weather in cold and warm climates

Have you ever thought about how rainy weather feels in different places? This short clip talks about wet weather in a cold place and in a warm place. You will hear some children talking about how they feel when it's raining where they live.

Teacher resource

Weather watch: Connected Learning Experience

In this Connected Learning Experience (CLE) , students investigate weather and how it affects them in the context of observing cloud formation, observing the effects of wind and describing changes in temperature.

Interactive resource

Weather wear [includes spoken instructions]

Listen to a weather report on a radio. Dress a character in clothing suited to the weather conditions predicted. Sail in a yacht race.

Interactive resource

Explore the weather [includes spoken instructions]

Choose clothing suited to the weather conditions: sunny, windy, rainy and snowing. Describe today's weather.

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Explore the weather [no spoken instructions]

Choose clothing suited to the weather conditions: sunny, windy, rainy and snowing. Describe today's weather.

Teacher resource

From rain to river - unit of work

This unit of work is designed to help younger students know and understand the importance of water to living things, the water cycle and that water is a precious resource.

Teacher resource

Water is precious - unit of work

This unit of work is designed to help younger students know and understand the importance of water to living things and that water is a precious resource.

Interactive resource

Where does tap water come from? [includes spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

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Water for life - unit of work

The unit of work is designed to help younger students know and understand the importance of water to living things and that water is a precious resource.

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Create a soil environment [includes spoken instructions]

Grow flowers or vegetables in a garden bed. Compare results when adding things such as water, organic matter, digging tools and earthworms.

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Create a soil environment [no spoken instructions]

Grow flowers or vegetables in a garden bed. Compare results when adding things such as water, organic matter, digging tools and earthworms.

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Experience the weather [no spoken instructions]

Explore weather variations in four different environments: desert, mountains, rainforest and polar. Dress a character in clothing suited to the weather conditions: sunny, windy, rainy or snowing.