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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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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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When it rains in the desert

The desert in Australia's arid centre has a variable climate. When it rains, the landscape around Uluru is transformed. Watch this clip to see how desert plants and animals respond, such as the desert oaks that bloom and attract honeyeaters. The rains provide water and stimulate new growth, a signal for Red Kangaroos and ...

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Anatomy of a raindrop

The water cycle is the circulation of water on, in and above Earth and it involves a number of stages and changes of state. This clip describes the water cycle and also how modern technology has contributed to our understanding of the shape of raindrops and its relationship to precipitation. Discover how raindrop shape ...

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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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Life on our ever-changing creek

Imagine if you lived near a creek and it began to rain heavily. What might be the possible consequences of rising water levels?  How might you go about preparing to deal with it? How did the family in this video deal with a bridge getting destroyed?

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Primary Connections: Water works

This comprehensive teacher resource explores how water is used, where water comes from and how to use it responsibly. Water, a precious natural resource, is investigated using a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Eight structured lessons are included, with comprehensive lesson plans, student handouts ...

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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 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.

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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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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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Explore the weather [no spoken instructions]

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

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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.

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Where does tap water come from? [no 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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Alien life form

Help an alien to understand how plants are adapted to life on Earth. Choose different combinations of leaves, seeds and roots. Design a plant that is best adapted to surviving in a particular environment. Adapt the plant for survival in specific environments: mangroves, cool rainforest, mountain slopes and arid land. Find ...

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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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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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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'.

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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.