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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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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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Clouds, thunderstorms and climate change

Fly into a massive thunderstorm with pilots and scientists as they study how global warming could affect storms. Learn how changes in ice clouds due to climate change could provide clues to future weather patterns. See scientists capture data on the beginning of an unusual cyclone. This excerpt is from a documentary on ...

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Check out these weird clouds

Clouds nearly 100 km above Earth's surface? That's weird! Join Mark Horstman in Antarctica to explore noctilucent clouds and the LIDAR technology used to measure temperature in the upper atmosphere. Discover how this top-down study of the atmosphere is providing fresh knowledge about climate change.

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Sentence builder: prehistoric: tool

Help a caveman use a sentence builder machine to create past-tense sentences. Spin each rock to see a new word for your sentence. Choose words from five groups: when, who, what, where and setting.

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Explore letters, words and text

This collection of 16 interactive learning objects supports early years learners to recognise upper- and lower-case letters, words and sentences and to create and sequence multimodal texts. The selected items in the collection are representative of others in their series, and they provide strong visual and audio support ...

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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.

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Using 'From rain to river' - Teacher idea

In this Teacher idea, year 1 students investigate the water cycle and relate it to their own drought-affected rural environment. They engage in a range of activities and learn how to be more responsible users of water. The Teacher idea includes reflections following the teaching of R11372 'From rain to river - unit of work'.

Teacher resource

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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The water cycle - unit of work

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

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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.

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Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? - unit of work

In this unit of work students examine a variety of texts that feature a wolf as a key character. They distinguish between fiction and non-fiction texts and focus on storybooks to compare and contrast the interpretations. They use a variety of dramatic techniques to help them understand the characters and develop their own ...

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Cloud seeding near Sydney, 1957

This is a black-and-white photograph of a cloud-seeding operation over the Pacific Ocean near Sydney in 1957. The photograph shows two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) DC-3 planes flying above some cumulus clouds. For one of the planes, only the nose and part of the propeller are visible, and the photograph appears to ...

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Tim Winton on location, 1997 - item 2

This is a colour photograph of author Tim Winton standing beside a four-wheel drive vehicle beneath a wide expanse of blue sky with cumulus clouds in the remote northern coastal region of Western Australia. The photograph was taken in 1997 during the shoot of the documentary 'The Edge of the World'.

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Clouds

This is a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) web page about clouds. The resource explains cloud formation and uses labelled diagrams to show four ways in which moist air can be lifted to form cloud. The resource also describes cloud classification and includes captioned photos of the ten main cloud types.

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What is a cumulus cloud?

There are many different types of clouds, all with different names. Here, Brianna finds out what a cumulus cloud is. What are other types of clouds?