Teacher guide Weather and where we live

TLF ID M017766

This is a unit of work about weather and its effects. Intended for the early years and written with a global education focus, the resource consists of five single- or multi-lesson activities, titled: Weather concepts and words; Changes in the sky; Houses to suit the weather; How does the drought affect living things?; and Seasons. The activities include discussions, creating a word wall, interrogating photographs, observing, predicting, recording, making lists, labelling world maps, and reading texts. Some extension activities are also included. The resource provides links to digital resources, activity templates and a range of resources about the environment.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable integrated unit of work for children in Foundation (F) and years 1 and 2, suitable for either straight grade level classes or multi-age groupings. It integrates aspects of the science and geography curriculums, reflects all three cross-curriculum priorities and helps children develop the Literacy and Critical and creative thinking general capabilities.
  • In the science curriculum, it is highly relevant for content descriptions that refer to the weather affecting everyday life (F); living things living in different places where their needs are met; and observable changes occurring in the sky (year 1). In the geography curriculum, the resource connects with content descriptions that refer to the weather and seasons and the ways in which different cultural groups describe them (year 1); the representation of the location of places and their features on maps (F); and recording geographical data and information by observing or from sources such as photographs and satellite images (year 2).
  • The resource is also of use for the cross-curriculum priorities and two of the general capabilities. It is especially relevant for an organising idea - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' ways of life are uniquely expressed through ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing - in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures priority. The weather word wall in the first activity is particularly useful for the word knowledge organising element of the Literacy general capability while the analysis of photographs is of use for the inquiring - identifying, exploring and organising information and ideas element of the Critical and creative thinking capability.
Year level

F; 1; 2

Learning area
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Geography
  • Science

Other details

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  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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