This website is quite a simple site that informs the reader of all the national parks within Australia. It is broken up into states and then into areas e.g. NSW North West National Parks, NSW North Coast National Parks, NSW Blue Mountains National Parks etc. There is not extensive information on the individual National Parks, as it is more a travel website with information on accommodation and trails, but it is still a good tool for students to look into the Australian National Parks within different areas.
A teaching idea could include students forming small groups of 2-3 people and visiting this website to find a National Park they would like to research by searching by state to find a National park that interests them. They can then use the basic information on this website to start their study before branching out to more specific site for their designated National Park. Within their research groups, students can create a PowerPoint presentation on their chosen National Park, which can then be presented to the whole class. From this task the class can then gain a knowledge of many different Australian National Parks through sharing information.
Everything you wanted to know about National Parks
Jack Tier's insight:
This webpage is a great tool that can be used as a resource for both teachers and students. The page allows the viewer to click onto Continents/Countries that then link to a list of National parks within that region. The viewer then clicks on their desired National Park and they are then redirected to a local website specialising in the particular park. This website is brilliant for networking globally and finding detailed and sufficient information on National Parks worldwide. The Australian National Park section on this website doesn’t contain any relevant supportive websites, however, there is a list of all the National Parks within Australia so the viewer could use this website as a reference tool before continuing with further research through the use of books or the internet.
A class activity, completed in the computer lab, may just involve students having a play with this site, going through all the countries and looking at the different array and variety of National Parks there are throughout the world. Students could also, in small groups, be assigned a country to look at. They could then study their allocated country’s wildlife found within local National Parks and then compare with the rest of the classes findings.
Less than three hours drive from Darwin, Kakadu National Park has a rare dual World Heritage listing for both its natural beauty and its ancient Aboriginal c...
Jack Tier's insight:
This YouTube clip is a brilliant video to show the class for them to gain a better understanding of what a National Park can look like. Ideally, whilst studying this content it would be great for students to visit their local National Park to gain a hands-on experience of what a National park is, however this is not always possible. The use of a video such as this 10-minute YouTube clip could be a simple way for students to gain a better knowledge of National Parks, especially for the visual learners within the class.
A simple class task to perform after watching this video could be an open class discussion where children discuss what they saw and what they understand the National Park to be. They may even want to write their findings down before a discussion takes place. You could discuss the wildlife they may have seen, what the terrain was like, as well as the Aboriginal history that is present within this National Park. This could be a time to discuss with children why we have National Parks, both nationally and globally, and what purpose they serve.
You may then wish to watch another YouTube video, showing a different kind of National Park to that of Kakadu, such as Kosciuszko National Park
Australia National Parks Map - Pristine natural reserves filled with flora and fauna unique to this continent. NSW, Queensland, Victoria, SA, WA and NT
Jack Tier's insight:
This map is from an Australian tourism website. Most of the information on this page is irrelevent to HSIE National Parks, however this map shows (in green) all the main National Parks within Australia.
This map can be used as quite a simple teaching tool in several different ways. It can be printed to A3 or bigger (maybe even laminated), and used by the teacher to show the different National Park areas. Students could then compare the different sizes so they can develop an understanding of the big picture through a birdseye view of Australia. Discussion could then lead into whether students believe Australia’s National Park areas are big enough in relation to the size of the country, with only approx. 5% of Australia’s land being protected National Park.
The map could also be used for a class test near the end of the unit of study, where certain national parks that students have looked at over the course of the topic are blanked out and the children must then identify/label the location of specific National Parks within Australia. Children may also simply paste a copy of this map into their book as a reference to use throughout the unit of study.
This website is an informative website about Uluru that has been written from an Aboriginal perspective. The website contains a vast array of information on Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluru National Park and the local Anangu people. The Aboriginal perspectives are clear throughout this resource as it gives information on the Aboriginal history of how the rock was formed as well as the modern history of the return of ownership of Uluru to the Aboriginal people. The website also contains facts about Uluru including its location within Australia with reference to an online map, as well as information on the rock and its dimensions.
There are several tasks and assessment you can do on Uluru through the use of this website. An assessment task could involve students performing a take home assignment on Uluru and the history of this iconic Australian landmark. Students could use this website as a starting point before branching out using a whole range of other related sources. Another task could involve the preparation of a comprehension worksheet for which students search through the website to find the relevant information to answer the questions e.g. ‘What is the circumference of Ayers Rock?’
The Aboriginal people state several times throughout this website that they would prefer members to not climb on the rock. An open discussion on Uluru might include the issue of people climbing the rock. The teacher could talk with students and ask them if they think people should be allowed to climb the rock and why/why not. This could then lead to the broader subject of why we should protect all National Parks from Kakadu to Kosciuszko National Park.
A handy tool for all Stage 2 teachers looking at National Parks. This PDF contains 12 planned lessons for HSIE on National Parks. This resource can be used in class or looked at to assist/inspire in lesson planning.
The resource has been developed by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in collaboration with the NSW Department of Education and Training.
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