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Australian Passport Template - Kids can go anywhere! - Australian Curriculum Lessons

Australian Passport Template - Kids can go anywhere! - Australian Curriculum Lessons | Australian Geography | Scoop.it

Summary: This document can be used to provide students with their very own Australian Passport. It can be used to support many learning areas and activities within the classroom.


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A template of an Australian passport which can be used for visiting famous landmarks etc.

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, January 3, 2014 7:31 AM
Great resource for Australia Day activities and/or travel/intercultural discussions...
Hoolee Nan's curator insight, March 30, 2014 5:18 PM

A good template for hosting geography related games! Looks so real!

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Australia's Great Dividing Range

Learn about the features of this important geographical region and its influence on Australian industry and communities. Purchase your full copy at www.VEA.c...

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BryceandPreston's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:34 AM

Area/Geography

The Great Dividing Range is one of Australia's most dry and significant landmarks.  We chose this video because The Great Dividing Range covers the entire eastern coast of Australi and represents the dry climate well

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Australian Landmarks - Natural and Man Made

Australian Landmarks - Natural and Man Made | Australian Geography | Scoop.it
25 of Australia's top landmarks, natural wonders and iconic structure, on one page - with descriptions and map locations + 3 bonus lists

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25 of Australia's landmarks with a brief description of each.

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Alexandra Benetel's curator insight, April 7, 2014 12:02 PM

This website is a valuable resource that can be utilised in the classroom as part of an HSIE program.  On first appearance, it is apparent that the site is easy to use which indicates its suitability for Stage 2 students.

 

“Australian Landmarks” displays a range of Australian Heritage sites, each including a small descriptor about the site itself, alongside an image and an interactive map via Google Earth. It has a combination of man made and natural sites and encompasses all of the states and territories of Australia. It also provides some additional links to allow students to further explore places of interest, which is a great way to extend students who may finish assigned tasks at an faster rate than others.

 

This resource directly supports the HSIE K-6 Stage 2 outcome ENS2.5 Describes places in the local area and other parts of Australia and explains their significance (Board of Studies, 2006, p. 54) and allows students to investigate a variety of places that may be significant to a broad range of groups.
 

Students can work in pairs or small groups, which “creates opportunities to develop personally and socially” (Marsh, 2010, 138) to complete a matrix containing questions such as: Is this a man made or natural site? Why and to whom is this site significant? As an extension to this activity, students can walk around the school and take photos of sites that mean the most to them and add descriptors and a map so as to replicate the key features of the site. Students will then get a clear sense that people have a connection with a place for a specific reason and for different people and different groups, that connection can mean different things.
 

This resource would also provide an excellent opportunity to link with the mathematics concept of position. Students can access the interactive map that is provided, where they can initially view the location of the landmark from a bird’s eye perspective and can then zoom in and out to locate the landmark within Australia. They can then work on a cooperative mapping activity. The cooperative mapping activity would involve students working in pairs to plot landmarks on a map of Australia. In order to do this, students could use positional language and compass directions such as north, south, east, and west thereby fulfilling the outcomes:

 

MA2-1WM - uses appropriate terminology to describe, and symbols to represent, mathematical ideas.
 

MA2-17MG - uses simple maps and grids to represent position and follow routes, including using compass directions (Board of Studies, 2012, p. 185).

This type of an activity, known as an interactive task, provides “a focus and a framework to an activity and this often includes defined roles” (Dufficy, 2013, p. 57) and provides an excellent opportunity for a meaningful, contextually relevant speaking and listening activity.

References:
Board of Studies. (2006). Human Society and its Environment K-6 Syllabus. Sydney: Board of Studies.

 

Board of Studies NSW. (2012). NSW Mathematics K-10 Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum. Sydney: Author.
 

Dufficy, P. (2005) Designing Learning for diverse classrooms. Newtown: PETAAA, Newtown.

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Introducing Mapping Skills Lesson Plan – Year 2/3/4 - Australian Curriculum Lessons

Introducing Mapping Skills Lesson Plan – Year 2/3/4 - Australian Curriculum Lessons | Australian Geography | Scoop.it

Summary of Lesson Plan: This lesson introduces students to mapping skills using a grid reference to locate places and position on a map.


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100 Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media In the Classroom

100 Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media In the Classroom | Australian Geography | Scoop.it
Social media may have started out as a fun way to connect with friends, but it has evolved to become a powerful tool for education and business.

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E is for Explore!: Me on the Map!

E is for Explore!: Me on the Map! | Australian Geography | Scoop.it

Great idea to help early years learners understand their 'place'...


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 24, 2014 11:19 AM

This is would be a nice craft to help younger students understand the concept of scale.  This adapts some of the ideas from the classic picture book "Me on the Map" by Joan Sweeney.  


Tags: scale, K12, location.

Hoolee Nan's curator insight, March 30, 2014 5:17 PM

A great way for children to explore countries, areas, positions on maps and get a grasp of their surroundings! Also a fun and interactive idea for the classroom.

Jamie Mitchell's curator insight, March 8, 12:05 AM

AC Geography key concepts Place, Space, Environment and Interconnection...all in a set of form cups! Love it...

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On the road to Gundagai and beyond: Top holiday park destinations for must-see Australian landmarks

On the road to Gundagai and beyond: Top holiday park destinations for must-see Australian landmarks | Australian Geography | Scoop.it
THERE'S a great range of famous Australian sights waiting to be explored when you take to the road.

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Port Arthur Tasmania's curator insight, January 27, 2014 9:28 PM

It has been such a wonderful summer season and it seems all too soon that the kids are heading back to school and things tend to quieten down a tad. But February is the MOST beautiful month in Tassie - all the benefits of summer without the crowds...time to take to the road. This article gives you some guidance and us a lovely shout out!

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Earth 3D- Amazing Atlas

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Australia: Western Australia | Jacaranda

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Primary Atlas with accompanying videos- accessed via QR-codes throughout the text. AC Geography: Year 3-6


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