Walking with the seasons in Kakadu
There is more to a season than just a change in name or change in our clothes – but do city dwelling children know this?
The weather plays a big role in our lives. As a modern day city dweller the weather affects the clothes I wear, my daily activities and my choice between thongs or gumboots as I run outside to feed the chooks.
BUT for many seasons play a vital role in survival.
Weather effects growth of food, healing of soil, hibernation of animals, plants and insects, movement of land and traditionally movement of people.
Walking with the seasons in Kakadu focuses our learning towards the seasons of the Top End of Australia. As we walk through the story we learn how the people feel with each changing season, what happens in that season and how they prepare for the next.
This story is full of rich illustrations and the information is presented to the reader in small easy to digest format spoken by members of the tribe.
Although this book is set in the top end you can relate it to your own environment. You can help children become more aware of the seasons around them – take them and show them there is more to a season than just a change in the name. Go outside and watch buds grow, notice the different insects that come out at different times of the year, and keep a photo diary to remember and compare.
How can we link this to our students and children at home?
Life Cycles – See my teacher pay teachers store to purchase this inquiry based lesson plan: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Different-Kids-Different-Lessons
– Go outside at least once a day and take notes about a tree, grass patch, small srhub. Note the change in leaf colour, insect and animal behaviour around the plant, smell in the air, bud appearing and soil texture.
– Purchase a rain guage and outside thermometer – children will love to see what the temperature is at theie house as compared to the local weather report!