Weather extremes

Weather extremes
Publication Date: July, 2013
Type of Resource: Unit of Work

With this online unit of work, students explore extreme weather conditions and gain a shared understanding of what constitutes extreme conditions through the study of cyclones.

Students study the effects of cyclones, the impact on people’s lives and the environmental damage they cause.

They examine the role science plays in the prediction and tracking of cyclones and how scientific technology can help in the preparation for extreme weather conditions. 

Additional Information

This unit has strong links to the Science as a Human Endeavour strand of use and influence of science as it has students examining the role science plays in preparing communities for extreme weather conditions.  Students access information from sources such as the Bureau of Meteorology and Australian Emergency Management Hub that has them examining warning systems and safety procedures. 

This resource is freely available from the Australian Science Teachers Association's (ASTA) ScienceWeb website. No log on or membership is required to access. This unit supplies a variety of resources that include: background information about cyclones, lesson plans and worksheets, research opportunities and simulation activities. This resource provides 5 lesson plans that can be adjusted to suit your students’ needs.

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