Science Unit for Grade 1/2: Our Weather Patterns in the Sky

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Summary of Science/Art Unit:

The focus of this unit is to look at the weather and discuss the different impacts that this has on everyday life. Students will discuss, observe and record weather in their own environment and explore in an attempt to understand how it impacts people and places. Students will use a variety of science skill such as discussing, illustrating, observing, predicting, testing, experimenting and posing questions. This unit is integrated with both Art and Aboriginal topics to give students a broad understanding of weather in their world.

Australian Curriculum Links:

Science – Year 1:

  • ACSHE021 Nature and development of science: Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events.
  • ACSSU019 Earth and space sciences: Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape.
  • ACSIS024 Questioning and predicting: Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events.
  • Identify and collect data, information and evidence.
  • SIS027 Processing and analysing data and information: Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables.
  • Pose questions and make predictions.
  • Communicate scientific ideas, data, information and evidence, using terminology, illustrations or representations.

Science – Year 2:

  • ACSIS040 Processing and analysing data and information: Use a range of methods to sort information, including drawings and provided tables.
  • ACSIS214 Processing and analysing data and information: Through discussion, compare observations with predictions.
  • Identify and collect data, information and evidence.
  • ACSHE034 Nature and development of science: Science involves asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events

ACARA General Capabilities

  • GC41 analyse information logically and make reasoned judgments
  • GC40 generate and develop ideas and possibilities
  • GC35 pose insightful and purposeful questions

ACARA Cross Curricular Priorities

  • 01.3 Country/Place : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have unique belief systems that are spiritually connected to the land, sea, sky and waterways
  • 01.2 Country/ Place : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities maintain a special connection to and responsibility for Country/ Place throughout all of Australia

Key Understandings:

  • We use different weather information and forecasts to predict the weather and to help make decisions about the things that we do.
  • Different types of seasons and weather conditions affect people and places.
  • Weather is the day to day conditions of a place and is part of our environment.

Key Inquiry Questions:

  • How can I describe what the weather is like each day?
  • How can I use weather information to predict the weather?
  • How does different types of weather affect myself and others?
  • What different types of clouds are there?

Key Knowledge:

  • The different weather seasons and how these affect what we wear and do
  • How to describe the weather using correct terminology
  • How to demonstrate the weather using weather symbols
  • How to make judgements on the weather based on observations

Skills:

  • Making predictions about the weather
  • Describing weather using words and symbols
  • Observing and recording changes in the sky
  • Posing and responding to questions about the weather
  • Use illustrations to represent understanding

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