Australia’s Tropical North

Topic: Climate of Places: Tropical, Temperate and Dry Places in Australia
Student activity
Years 3 and 4

This is the student activity 1 of 4 of the Places are similar and different: climate of places learning activity.

Forests and river
Task No. 1

Australia’s Tropical North - Engagement and questioning

Mouth of the Barron River, northern Queensland, 1881, drawing by J.E Tenison-Woods

Use Google Earth or an atlas to locate the Barron River. Students compare the Barron River area to where they live.

Formulate inquiry questions. For example:

  • How are climates similar and different in different places? 
  • How does location of different places affect the climate?
  • What is the relationship between weather and climate?