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Watching the weather

Onsite
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

The weather changes from day to day, and from season to season. The Ecolinc Weather Wall was constructed by the CSIRO Atmospheric Division and displays up to date information concerning the weather conditions at Ecolinc.

As the seasons progress, different events occur in the Ecolinc wetland. Plants produce buds which flower and then produce fruit and seeds. Birds will build nests and raise young, some will migrate north in cooler months and return in warmer months, and insects and frogs will go through life cycles.

The Wurundjeri are the indigenous inhabitants of Melbourne and surrounding regions, including Bacchus Marsh where Ecolinc is situated. For tens of thousands of years prior to European settlement, they lived on the land as hunters and gatherers. Seasonal changes in the weather, availability of foods and other factors would determine where campsites were located. Their seasons reflect this connection to the land, and differ from the four seasons of the Europeans.


Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

  • Learn how to identify and record the weather and the seasons
  • Link changes in the daily weather to the way we modify our behaviour and dress for different conditions, and keep our homes and schools comfortable
  • Understand the changing seasons affect living organisms in the environment.

Activities

Students will:

  1. Investigate the wetlands and note how the current season is affecting the plants and animals
  2. Construct a model windsock and use it to measure the wind direction
  3. Undertake some simple experiments help understand wet weather phenomena, including rainfall, thunderstorms, and rainbows
  4. Learn about the Wurundjeri seasons and undertake a season-specific activity. These include:
    • Late Summer Feb-Apr: Eel season. Students do basic weaving with native reeds and grasses, a skill required to make eel traps
    • Early Winter: Apr-May: Moth season. Students investigate lifecycles of butterflies and moths, as well as other species
    • Deep Winter: Jun-Jul: Tuber season. Students learn about bushfoods, particularly the root plants that are growing in this season
    • Early Spring: Jul-Sep: Orchid season: Students use the abundant flowers in bloom at this time of year to make artwork
    • True Spring: Sep-Nov: Tadpole season: Students learn the calls of frogs and identify what’s calling in the Ecolinc wetland
    • High Summer: Nov-Dec: Corroborree season: Students learn to make paints used in corroborrees from natural pigments and dyes, and use them to create their own artwork.

Note: that while the 4th activity is season-specific, there is some overlap with seasons and some activities can be requested out of season. Please specify which activity you would like to do when booking.


Victorian Curriculum

  • Weather and seasons and the ways in which different cultural groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, describe them (VCGGK067)
  • Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape; daily and seasonal changes affect everyday life (VCSSU046)

Outreach

Ecolinc offers the following outreach option: