Our Place – Australia Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Our Place – Australia Unit Plan

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This Humanities and Social Sciences unit addresses a range of concepts relating to the natural and human features of Australia.

It consists of 10 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require additional lessons.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To explore the natural and human features of Australia.
  • To investigate how Australia can be represented on a map as states and territories.
  • To investigate the geographical location of capital cities and regional centres around Australia.
  • To explore the oral traditions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples use to map landscapes.
  • To identify, describe and locate rivers in Australia.
  • To identify, describe and locate mountains in Australia.
  • To identify, describe and locate deserts in Australia.
  • To identify, describe and locate rainforests in Australia.
  • To explore the unique natural environment of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • To identify the human features of Australia and to explore some Australian landmarks.

This Geography unit provides opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the content of the unit with other learning areas e.g. LiteracyNumeracyThe Arts.

Prior to commencing the unit, create a classroom display which celebrates the natural and human features of Australia. Display postersword wall vocabulary and learning goals that the students will engage with throughout the unit to stimulate their learning. For examples of additional teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Australia collection on the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

Great Southern Land

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the natural and human features of Australia.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Australian States and Territories

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how Australia can be represented on a map as states and territories.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Australian Capital Cities and Regional Centres

A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the geographical location of capital cities and regional centres around Australia.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

The First Maps - Stories and Songlines

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the oral traditions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples use to map landscapes.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Rivers of Australia

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify, describe and locate rivers in Australia.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Mountains of Australia

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify, describe and locate mountains in Australia.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Deserts of Australia

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify, describe and locate deserts in Australia.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Rainforests of Australia

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify, describe and locate rainforests in Australia.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

A Natural Wonder - Our Great Barrier Reef

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the unique natural environment of the Great Barrier Reef.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

Human Features of Australia

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the human features of Australia and explore some Australian landmarks.

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60 minutes
Lesson 11 (Assessment)

Our Place - Australia Inquiry Task

An inquiry-based assessment task in which students will demonstrate an understanding of the natural and human features of Australia.

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  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment


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