Weather Incursion (Foundation – 2)

Theme: Science – Earth and Space Sciences
Level: Foundation – 2

Students will study how the weather works. They will explore the movement of water and air in relation to the sun and Earth. They will investigate changes in the sky and landscape.

Activities

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  • Discuss prior knowledge of weather.
  • Investigate the water cycle, making a model to observe evaporation and condensation.
  • Set up experiments to model the role of plants in the water cycle.
  • Discuss temperature differences between the equator and the poles.
  • Observe and discuss a demonstration of a hot air balloon and relate to air movement.
  • Explore how temperature differences cause air and water to move up and down.
  • Use water bottles to demonstrate cyclonic movement.
  • Manipulate eyedroppers to demonstrate gentle rain and storms on different landscapes.
  • Explore wind strength and direction and how to measure it.

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Victorian Curriculum: Content Descriptions

Science

  • People use science in their daily lives.
  • Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape; daily and seasonal changes affect everyday life.
  • The way objects move depends on a variety of factors including their size and shape: a push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape.
  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events.
  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions.
  • Use informal measurements in the collection and recording of observations.
  • Compare observations and predictions with those of others.
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas about changes in objects and events in a variety of ways.

Design Technologies

  • Identify how people create familiar designed solutions and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs.
  • Explore how technologies use forces to create movement in designed solutions.
  • Explore the characteristics and properties of materials and components that are used to create designed solutions.

Personal & Social Capabilities

  • Name and practise basic skills required to work collaboratively with peers.
  • Listen to others’ ideas, and recognise that others may see things differently.
  • Use basic skills required for participation in group tasks and respond to simple questions about their contribution to group tasks.
  • Explain how being prepared to try new things can help identify strategies when faced with unfamiliar or challenging situations.

Testimonials

“Thank you Charlie. We all really enjoyed the Incursion. You kept the children engaged throughout the session.”
– Carey Baptist Grammar, 2019

This was a well organised lesson on Weather and it included information such as the water cycle which my class found informative and interesting.”
– St Dominic’s, 2019

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