Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4): Topic 1: PLACES ARE SIMILAR AND DIFFERENT

Unit 1: Are We There Yet? Australian Diverse Places and Environments

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Content focus:

Students investigate the diversity of Australia’s places and environments with a focus on climate. In doing so, they study how climate affects places with a particular focus on vegetation, the way the land is used and the activities of the people who live in selected places.

Geographical concepts:

  • Place: the significance of places and what they are like. For example: places students live in and belong to and why they are important.
  • Space: the significance of location and spatial distribution, and ways people organise and manage the spaces that we live in. For example: location of a place in relation to other familiar places.
  • Environment: the significance of the environment in human life, and the important interrelationships between humans and the environment. For example, how and why places should be looked after.
  • Interconnection: no object of geographical study can be viewed in isolation. For example: local and global links people have with places and the special connection Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples maintain with Country/Place.
  • Scale: the way that geographical phenomena and problems can be examined at different spatial levels. For example: various scales by which places can be defined such as local suburbs, towns and large cities.

Syllabus content area:
Climate of places

Students investigate the climates of different places

Key inquiry questions:

  • In what ways are Australian places and environments similar and different?
  • In what ways does climate influence the nature of vegetation and land uses found in different places?
  • In what ways does climate affect the activities of people in different places?

A student:

  • demonstrates a developing knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of Australian places and environments
  • describes the ways people, places and environments interact
  • acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry.

Inquiry skills:
Acquiring geographical information

  • pose geographical questions
  • collect and record geographical data and information

Processing geographical information

  • represent data by constructing graphs
  • draw conclusions based on interpretation of geographical information

Communicating geographically

  • present findings in a range of communication forms
  • reflect on their learning and suggest responses to their findings

Geographical tools:

  • large-scale maps

Graphs and statistics

  • data tables, column and line graphs, simple statistics

Visual representations

  • photographs, illustrations, story books, multimedia, web tools


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Lessons and worksheets:

Lesson 1: Are We There Yet? Picture Book Study :: Resource Sheet 1 :: Worksheet 1
Lesson 2: Are We There Yet? Getting started comprehension :: Worksheet 1 :: Worksheet 2
Lesson 3: Are We There Yet? Exploring Western Australia :: Worksheet 1
Lesson 4: Are we there Yet? Group-based investigation of places visited :: Worksheet 1
Lesson 5: Planning and researching a journey around Australia :: Resource Sheet 1
Lesson 6: My Journey Writing Task :: Worksheet 1