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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

Online

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.

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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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Earth rotation: night and day

Watch an animation of the Earth rotating in space showing day and night, the equinox where locations on Earth experience close to equal hours of daytime and night-time (12 hours) and views of the Earth from above the North and South Poles. Turn an animated model of the Earth to explore how rotation is related to night and ...

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Seasons

Control the motion of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun. Work out how the Earth’s orbit and the tilt of its axis determine seasons in the different hemispheres. Work out how the Earth’s orbit and the tilt of its axis determine day length in the different hemispheres. Examine the heating effect of the Sun. Compare seasons ...

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Where does rain come from?

Rain comes from clouds but do you know how rain gets into clouds? This clip shows how clouds are formed (made). You will see how important the Sun is in making it rain.

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Super cyclones in Queensland, 2001

Far North Queensland is accustomed to tropical cyclones but what about super cyclones? Watch this clip to find out how often super cyclones occur, what kind of damage they cause and when the next one is expected. Discover how coral reveals the history of Queensland's cyclones.

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Weather and war: the Kokoda Trail, 1942

The Kokoda Campaign was tough. The terrain was steep, the vegetation dense and the enemy close at hand and unseen. And then there was the weather! In this clip from the Weather Quarter, find out how the weather in the winter of 1942 influenced the outcome of one of Australia's most challenging military operations.

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Collaboration: Dancers' input, Choreographer's eye

Observe choreographer Lucy Guerin and her dancers as they explore a process of improvisation and taking risks with movement in order to discover new material for the Lucy Guerin Inc production of 'Weather' . This clip describes the importance of developing trust between the choreographer and the dancers, and the exciting ...

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For good measure

If you had to measure the rain level for the whole globe, how would you go about it so you could have as accurate a reading as possible? Rain gauges are great for measuring rain in small areas, but why might they not be as good for measuring large areas? Watch this video to see how the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) ...

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Memories of Antarctic expeditions (1954 and 1961)

Listen as scientist Dr Phillip Law recounts his experiences of expeditions to Antarctica. See historic footage of travelling through pack ice. The clip features the Kista Dan (1954 expedition) and the Magga Dan (1961 expedition). The Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) was established to set up scientific ...

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Where does water go after it rains?

What happens to rainfall in Australia? Water usually flows downhill, and because we know where the hills are, scientists have been able to divide the country into drainage divisions, or catchments. Find out which drainage division you're in, and learn what happens to rainwater that doesn't make it to the sea. |Learn more ...

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Whadjuk country

Ever wondered what life was like for the traditional owners of Perth before the British arrived in 1829? Whadjuk [pronounced wod-JUK] Noongar Elder and ambassador Dr Noel Nannup talks about traditional Whadjuk ways of life and key cultural places in Perth, and he teaches us the Noongar words for some Perth suburbs (such ...

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Seeding clouds to make rain and snow

Imagine if we could control the weather. Find out how scientists are already at work making clouds rain when and where they want. It's called cloud seeding. Watch this clip to understand how cloud seeding works, and where it is being used in Australia.

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Surviving the extremes

What would you do if a natural disaster was heading for you? Would you panic? Dr Jonica Newby and the Catalyst team stage two disaster scenarios and throw them at two Australian families who know only that a disaster of some kind is coming. How will they cope? And how would you?

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Mysterious, colourful lights above storm clouds aren’t exactly lightning

When it comes to massive thunderstorms, are you the kind of person who loves to watch the lightning flash down from the clouds? It’s a pretty spectacular sight. Did you know there is a whole other lightshow happening above the clouds? This electromagnetic activity has only recently been discovered, so it’s still pretty ...

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Aftermath of a typhoon: a child's view

Listen as a boy from the Philippines reports on the effects of a typhoon on his country and its people. While the level of devastation might at first seem overwhelming, our young reporter manages to find hope for those who were lucky enough to survive.

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Preparing for a bushfire

How should you prepare for a bushfire? Watch this clip to discover how two different families prepared for the 2006 Victorian bushfires that hit their town. Find out how the children participated in the fire plan and helped keep their family and house safe.

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Wind and waves: shaping coastlines

Discover how extreme weather events are changing over time. Wind and waves are the main factors in coastal erosion and extreme weather events are likely to increase, impacting on Australia's coastlines.