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The Geography of Language

"Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past."


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Not really primary geography but so interesting!

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La Geografía de la lengua

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A good teaching tool for explaining the diversity of languages.

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Geografia Cultural

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Geographical Association - Lesson 2: Fieldwork

Geographical Association - Lesson 2: Fieldwork | Primary geography | Scoop.it
The GA supports primary and secondary geography teachers through teaching resources, geography journals, CPD events, Barnaby Bear, Worldwise and more.
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A downloadable lesson focusing on map reading skills, fieldwork skills, collecting and reading data and understanding place. Australian primary teachers can adapt for local context.

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Sustainability Curriculum Framework - A guide for curriculum developers and policy makers

Sustainability Curriculum Framework - A guide for curriculum developers and policy makers | Primary geography | Scoop.it
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Education for sustainability helps students learn to design and implement actions that can contribute to a more sustainable future.

The incorporation of sustainability into learning has been occurring for some time by teachers and state and territory education and environment agencies. These initiatives, along with the advent of the first Australian Curriculum, which includes sustainability as a cross-curriculum dimension, provided the impetus for the development of the Sustainability Curriculum Framework.
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Histgeog

Histgeog | Primary geography | Scoop.it
The entwining of history and geography
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A really interesting Scoop.It site bringing together history and geography.

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The Language of Maps Kids Should Know

The Language of Maps Kids Should Know | Primary geography | Scoop.it
The vocabulary and concepts of maps kids should learn to enhance their map-skills & geography awareness. Concise definitions with clear illustrations.

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Nicoletta's curator insight, April 5, 6:13 PM

Global participation, interdependence, cultural diversity and globalisation are all key ideas in the HSIE K-6 Syllabus. Students learning the appropriate skills and terminology to navigate the globe and map is of critical importance to these key ideas and lay an important foundation for Stage 3 and Stage 4 outcomes that expand on this global perspective. Globes and maps assist in connecting students with their own community and importantly with the rest of the world.

 

This is a comprehensive yet concise blog post explaining the relevant geographical terminology that students should be learning throughout the Primary School years, with particular focus on terminology relating to maps. This blog post covers topics including the equator, the Tropic of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer and cardinal directions. This geographical terminology is directly linked to the Stage 2 outcome ENS2.5 in the HSIE K-6 Syllabus. As part of this outcome students are required to learn this geographical terminology.

 

This post is an extremely useful and practical tool for teachers to understand key geographical terminology but it also provides various visual images that would be beneficial to utilise in the classroom. For example, the blog post has included a rotating 3D globe, an image of a compass rose and images of a variety of different map projections.

 

Reference List:

 

Board of Studies. (2006). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 Syllabus. NSW: Board of Studies.

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World Vision: 'Get Connected' migration lesson plan

World Vision: 'Get Connected' migration lesson plan | Primary geography | Scoop.it

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Sonja Shuttleworth's curator insight, April 13, 5:21 AM

World Vision Australia has a range of school resources linked to its magazine 'Get Connected'. The resources related to migration and asylum seekers are notable for their global perspective.

 

The migration lesson plan is a series of six lessons designed to accompany the issue of 'Get Connected' focusing on migration. The lesson plan covers the following aspects of migration:

- Australia’s immigration story

- Push and pull factors

- Types of migration

- Asylum seekers and refugees

- The migrant experience

- The role of government and NGOs.

 

The magazine itself  includes a number of personal narratives in the form of written case studies, and the lesson plan links to digital migration stories, part of acmi’s digital storytelling project: http://generator.acmi.net.au/education-themes

 

MODIFICATION

The migration lesson plan does not specify a target stage or age group, and seem to be geared towards upper primary and lower secondary students.

 

This means that some of the content and activities would need to be modified for Stage 2 students. This could be done by:

- limiting the amount of independent research that students are expected to complete for activities

- supplying the information instead, either as printouts or links to websites.

 

Lesson 6, ‘the role of government and NGOs’, may be more suitable for Stage 3 students, who look at ‘structures, roles, responsibilities and decision-making processes of State and federal governments’ (SSS3.8)

 

However, many of the activities in the lesson plan are already suitable for Stage 2 students. These include:

- creating a class graph or chart showing the regions that families come from

- making a poster of push-pull factors

- examining and interpreting maps.

 

RESOURCES

Although the lesson plan is free to download, the magazine itself is not available to download. It can be ordered from World Vision for $9.90 per copy.

http://www.worldvision.com.au/Libraries/School_Resources/Get_Connected_Order_Form_2012.pdf

 

SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS 

Asylum seekers fact sheet

http://www.worldvision.com.au/Libraries/School_Resources/Asylum_seekers.pdf

 

The refugee journey

http://www.worldvision.com.au/Libraries/School_Resources/The_refugee_journey.pdf

 

LINKS TO OTHER SYLLABUS OUTCOMES

Stage 2 teachers could consider using texts with personal narratives to link this global perspective on migration to the English syllabus. Suggested texts include:

 

The Little Refugee, by Anh Do and Suzanne Do, illustrated by Bruce Whatley

- Anh Do's story about his family's escape from war-torn Vietnam and his childhood in Australia, told especially for children

http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?page=94&book=9781742378329

http://www.allenandunwin.com/_uploads/BookPdf/TeachersNotes/9781742378329.pdf

 

Harmony and understanding

http://www.blake.com.au/Harmony-and-Understanding-s/773.htm

A nonfiction series that fosters understanding, inclusion, tolerance and respect for the multicultural experience. Created in partnership with the Australian Multicultural Foundation

 

World Vision Australia and the Primary English Teaching Association Australia have also developed a unit of work called ‘Global people’

http://www.globalwords.edu.au/units/Refugees_UPY6_html/documents/GlobalWords_Refugees_UPY6print.pdf

 

The ‘Global people’ unit of work is based on the following texts:

‘Ziba Came on a Boat’, by Liz Lofthouse, illustrated by Robert Ingpen

‘Mahtab’s Story, by Libby Gleeson

‘Parvana’, by Deborah Ellis

‘Boy Overboard’, by Morris Gleitzman

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If The World Were A Village of 100 people

Share your videos with friends, family, and the world

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This video is a great tool to introduce outcome CUS2.4-Describes different viewpoints, ways of living, languages and belief systems in a variety of communities, focusing on; languages spoken within communities, including the original Aboriginal language spoken in the local community area. This video is a great way to provide the students with an understanding of the vast cultural differences within our world and different communities. Although focusing on a global level is approached in stage 3, I feel that this video does a fantastic job at scaling down the statistics to a small community, which is what we are focusing on in stage 2.

 

When using this video as a resource, it would be a great idea to play it to the students and engage them in a guided discussion, asking appropriate questions;    

Were there any statistics that shocked you?  Did you think that the 8 languages they addressed would be the most common?

Once the students have an understanding of the amount of languages used and have addressed any questions the students have asked, the students can then locate, record, organize and classify language statics in our local community through the CENCUS website. In pairs the students can then find out how many languages there are in their community then scale them to most common to least. Once the class is aware of the diversity of languages in their community, the students can continue working in pair and answer some questions about the different languages to report back and share their findings with the the class e.g. How many Chinese people are there in our community? How many Chinese people speak Cantonese? How many Chinese people speak mandarin?

How many people speak 2 languages?

 

This resource and activity would be great to use worldwide to make comparisons of the different languages used in different countries. It would be also fantastic to use in rural Australia where the primary language spoken is English, the students could get language statistics of different communities and compare it to their own.

 

 

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Our Neighbourhood

Our Neighbourhood | Primary geography | Scoop.it

A demonstration of an interactive map of places throughout my neighbourhood that are culturally and linguistically diverse.


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Zee Maps: Our Neighbourhood

 

Maps, globes and models are excellent classroom resources because they portray a vast amount of information and present students with opportunities to explore the world around them (Marsh, 2010, p. 241). The Zee Maps website allows users to create interactive maps which can be embellished by adding images, videos and/or audio.

 

Whilst ‘maps’ are typically used in the Environments strand of HSIE (Board of Studies, 2006, p. 47), this resource provides opportunities for teachers to link Cultures content to the local environment through visually depicting the cultural and linguistic diversity of the local community. An example of how this could practically work in a classroom could be to map parks, streets, restaurants, shops etc that have a linguistically diverse (not entirely English) name. Ideally, in older years a homework task could involve students finding one local ‘place’ with a non-English name and recording it by taking a photo, recording its name and location, or collecting a pamphlet/take away menu from the ‘place’. In ES1, the teacher could take on this role by finding several linguistically diverse ‘places’ and pinning them on an interactive Zee Map prior to the lesson (the link embedded in this scoop is an example I created). The lesson would involve discussions about the linguistically diverse words and their origins, meanings, similarities to English words etc.


References:


Board of Studies NSW. (2006). Human Society & its environment. Sydney: Author.


Marsh, C. (2010). Becoming a teacher: Knowledge, skills and issues. French's Forest: Pearson.

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Digital Collections - Maps - Flinders, Matthew, 1774-1814. General chart of Terra Australis or Australia [cartographic material] : showing the parts explored between 1798 and 1803 by M. Flinders Co...

Digital Collections - Maps - Flinders, Matthew, 1774-1814. General chart of Terra Australis or Australia [cartographic material] : showing the parts explored between 1798 and 1803 by M. Flinders Co... | Primary geography | Scoop.it
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Explore this online map of Australia in 1798-1803 in the time of Matthew Flinders.

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Infographic: “In Charted Waters – Mapping a Brave New World” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Infographic: “In Charted Waters – Mapping a Brave New World” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Primary geography | Scoop.it

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This is an interactive map and infographic that traces the history of world exploration.

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How toilet paper explains the world

How toilet paper explains the world | Primary geography | Scoop.it
A country's most popular hygiene product has a lot to do with its demographics.

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, January 21, 3:11 PM

Toilet paper, tampons, diapers and incontinence pads...however there are substitutes that some use or not.

Siri Anderson's curator insight, January 22, 8:17 AM

Middle School World Geography gem.

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This topic would appeal to many primary children!

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Geographically Yours

Geographically Yours | Primary geography | Scoop.it
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A picture paints a thousand words. The images on this blog inspire and invoke.

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Edward Tufte forum: Maps moving in time: a standard of excellence for data displays

Edward Tufte forum: Maps moving in time: a standard of excellence for data displays | Primary geography | Scoop.it
Edward Tufte home page for books, posters, sculpture, fine art and one-day course: Presenting Data and Information
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Year 6 Geography: Connecting to Asia | Asia Education Foundation

Year 6 Geography: Connecting to Asia | Asia Education Foundation | Primary geography | Scoop.it
This module looks at the connections between Australian companies and organisations and countries in the Asia region.
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Greta Brewin's curator insight, October 31, 2013 2:26 AM

This is a website with many activities designed to incorporate the study of Asia and Australia’s involvement into the primary classroom. The investigation of the relationship between Asia and Australia is a cross-curriculum priority for the Australian Curriculum, so this really is a hand resource. The activities are designed for primary aged students for a variety of year levels and abilities. This works into history and geography lessons, and one activity that is based around currency will work in economic study. 

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Years 5-6 Indonesian: Reduce Reuse Recycle Compost | Asia Education Foundation

Years 5-6 Indonesian: Reduce Reuse Recycle Compost | Asia Education Foundation | Primary geography | Scoop.it
This learning sequence examines the waste management strategies of reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.
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Teaching language and culture through a global issue.

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These excellent teaching resources focus on a current issue and help students learn Indonesian at the same time.

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The Geography of Language

"Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past."


Via Seth Dixon
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Not really primary geography but so interesting!

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La Geografía de la lengua

Woodstock School's curator insight, June 4, 6:05 AM

A good teaching tool for explaining the diversity of languages.

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Geografia Cultural

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Spatialworlds

Spatialworlds | Primary geography | Scoop.it
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This blog is a treasure chest of ideas and resources for geography in schools.

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TeacherLED Interactive Whiteboard Resource Map Maker

TeacherLED Interactive Whiteboard Resource Map Maker | Primary geography | Scoop.it

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Mapmaker is a simple yet fun educational tool that allows students and teachers to create maps for a range of purposes. This is an effective resource that can assist stage 2 students in consolidating their understanding of the cardinal directions North, South East and West, which is a key feature of outcome ENS2.5 of the HSIE K-6 Syllabus.  A compass rose is visible on the map template so students can use this to navigate.


The following is an activity that uses Mapmaker in a stage 2 classroom to consolidate students understanding of cardinal directions.

 

Activity

Equipment:

Blank map template (either in paper form or on the computer).Optional, interactive whiteboard.

Procedure:

All students are provided with a blank map template either in paper form or on the computer.The teacher is to inform the students of the starting point on the map.The teacher will then give the students a series of directional instructions, using the geographical terminology of cardinal directions. For example, “Take two steps to the North and one step to the East and there you will locate a school”. Students are then required to place an image of the school in this square of the map. Next, “take one step to the west and two steps to the south and there you will place a bus stop”. The teacher will give a series of instructions along the same line as these.After the teacher has completed the instructions, students compare their maps to the teacher’s and see if they were able to come up with the same map.


NB: Mapmaker is also available as an interactive whiteboard program that can be an excellent way for the teacher to model to the students the activity.

 

Reference List:

 

Board of Studies. (2006). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 Syllabus. NSW: Board of Studies.

 

 

 

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Windmill Game | Ecogamer.org | Ecogamer.ORG

Windmill Game | Ecogamer.org | Ecogamer.ORG | Primary geography | Scoop.it
Windmill game where you have to build windmills in strategic locations. Windfall is a windmill game with NIMBYism at the core.
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The windmill game is an interactive game for teaching about renewable energy. It allows students to consider different views and perspectives.

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IfItWereMyHome.com

IfItWereMyHome.com | Primary geography | Scoop.it

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An interactive website comparing countries using a range of different factors.

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Comparison of countries allows students to see different perspectives and lifestyles of children and families all around the world. 

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Earth Day: Environmental Action Projects

Earth Day: Environmental Action Projects | Primary geography | Scoop.it
With Earth Day 2014 coming up on April 22, many schools are making plans for one-day celebrations that promote a green message. For deeper learning --and longer-term benefits for people and planet ali
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Planning resources and ideas for designing Project-Based Learning projects.

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Maps | State Library of New South Wales

Maps | State Library of New South Wales | Primary geography | Scoop.it
The State Library holds one of the most significant collections of maps in Australia, reflecting changes in cartography from the earliest charts of European navigators to digitally created maps of the twenty first century.
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It is easy to get lost in this amazing world of digital and interactive collection of maps.

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Here's a Map of the World Adjusted for the Population Size of Countries

Here's a Map of the World Adjusted for the Population Size of Countries | Primary geography | Scoop.it
If you were to re-draw the map of the world according to each country's population, you would get a warped world that looked like this.
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Great Circle Mapper

Great Circle Mapper | Primary geography | Scoop.it

"The Great Circle Mapper displays maps and computes distances along a geodesic path. It includes an extensive, searchable database of airports and other locations."


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YEC Geo's curator insight, January 15, 8:31 AM

Cool tool.

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Maps Monster am I!

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, January 28, 12:59 PM

Because this route from JFK Airport to SYD AUS Airport is not a straight route there are many factors that need to be taken in account because of the overwhelming idea of trade winds and how that affects flight plans and routing for different airways/airlanes.  The plane has to fight against the trafe winds in order to create a specific ETA for the passenger and the flight crue among the plane. This is all dependent upon the trade winds (prevailing and other kinds) transmitting against the plane.

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Unicef Urban Population Map

An Urban World: UNICEF's new data visualization of urban population growth over the next 40 years.
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Home | Global Education

Home | Global Education | Primary geography | Scoop.it
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Resources for embedding a global perspective into teaching.

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What does good geography teaching look like?

What does good geography teaching look like? | Primary geography | Scoop.it
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For primary teachers without a disciplinary background in geography, this keynote by Seth Dixon provides an overview of geographical concepts, skills and pedagogy. Some of this content can be adapted for primary learners but it's more about the BIG IDEAS in geography that will help frame teaching and learning. Check out the ACARA Shape Paper:geography as well.

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