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Curriculum content descriptions

The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them (ACHASSK113)

Elaborations
  • comparing how people have responded to climatic conditions in similar and different places and explaining why most Australians live close to the coast compared to inland Australia
  • investigating the influence of landforms (for example, river valleys such as the Murray-Darling, Yellow (Huang He), Yangtze, Amazon, Mekong or Ganges), on the development of settlements that are involved in food and fibre production
  • examining the effects of landforms (for example, valleys, hills, natural harbours and rivers) on the location and characteristics of their place and other places they know
  • exploring the extent of change in the local environment over time and the impact of change on ecosystems
  • exploring how a unique environment is used and managed (for example, settlement and human use of Antarctica and the practices and laws that aim to manage human impact)
  • examining how the use of the space within their local place is organised through zoning
  • investigating a current local planning issue (for example, redevelopment of a site, protection of a unique species), exploring why people have different views on the issue, and developing a class response to it
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Communities,  Landforms,  Climate,  Human settlements,  Environmental influences,  Urban planning

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Biodiversity and farming for a healthy planet

This is a digital resource containing information and resources, such as printable games, that relate to biodiversity and farming, and how food and materials can be produced while protecting the Earth's natural resources. It includes an extensive glossary of important terms, and external links to teacher and student resources ...

Teacher resource

Seasonal Cycles in Australia

This is a unit of work that focuses on seasonal cycles in Australia. Students explore how seasons vary based on location and how Indigenous cultures from different parts of Australia have systems and names for the seasons based on observation of the environment. Students also make comparisons with the concept of four seasons ...

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International year of natural fibres

This is a digital resource containing information, videos and images that highlight natural fibres. It looks at the uses of a range of plant and animal fibres such as flax, jute, silk and cashmere, and considers characteristics, production and sustainability. The resource profiles 15 of the world's major fibres, and contains ...

Teacher resource

Royal Agricultural Show: primary school resources

This is a teacher resource containing items relevant to planning lessons and teaching primary students about food and fibre production. It contains a program overview, an Agricultural Resources Links document providing links to useful external sites and resources, and eight study units - each containing a program outline ...

Teacher resource

Digital Stories of the Land

This is website that presents a collection of digital stories about the connection people have with their surroundings, in particular the land. The resource has three sections: Introductory information; Story Objects; and Story Education Resources. There are 11 Story Objects, all videos that present personal stories of ...

Teacher resource

CFA Bushfires - a geography resource for Australian students

This is an illustrated PDF with comprehensive information about the causes and behaviours of bushfire as well as the impact fires have on natural and human environments. Taking a geographic perspective, the text is supported with photographs, maps, aerial photography, diagrams, and tables. Each chapter includes activities ...

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Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef and the richest natural ecosystem in the world. But the biodiverse, fragile reef is under threat from human activity.

Teacher resource

Bushfire education: radiant heat

This is teacher resource containing a lesson plan that provides guidelines for a class discussion about radiant heat. It includes suggestions for teacher demonstrations and student activities on radiant heat. High-quality photographs that can be used to assist the discussion are provided. This resource is part of the Bushfire ...

Interactive Resource

Sustainability action process: Kitchen gardens (Years 3–6)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on kitchen gardens using the five-step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and ...

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Places we protect

This is a rich, multilayered resource about 35 protected Bush Heritage reserves throughout Australia. The resource includes a map of Australia that displays the locations of the 35 reserves. Each location is linked to important information and images including: quick facts; visiting information; the animals, plants and ...

Teacher resource

Drought and flood in the Murray-Darling Basin

This lesson sequence focuses on the cycle of drought and flood in the Murray-Darling Basin. It looks at perspectives on and future predictions of flood and drought and includes a research-based case study of the impact of flood and drought on a settlement or region in the Murray-Darling Basin. The lesson sequence includes ...

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Flinders Ranges: billabongs, gums and emus

Visit the striking Flinders Ranges in a good year for rain. They rise up from the desert plains of inland South Australia, rich with water, animals and plants, including the River Red Gum. But drought is no stranger to the Flinders Ranges. Pastoralists of the 1850s good seasons learnt this in the dry 1860s. See the Spirit ...

Teacher resource

Staying healthy

This is a compilation of five teaching sequences about people's health in different parts of the world. It includes sections on factors that contribute to good and poor health; countries affected by malaria; health problems caused by dehydration; strategies for improving health and hygiene; ways to maintain hygienic practices; ...

Teacher resource

Classroom Antarctica: Living in Antarctica

In this learning sequence, students investigate the challenges of living in the driest and windiest continent on Earth. They interpret maps to understand how remote Australia's research stations are and hypothesise reasons for their locations. Students investigate daily life on a station, the different roles of the people ...

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Biomes that produce our food, industrial materials and fibre: producer video

This is a video about the mixed farming operations of Boonderoo Pastoral Company in South Australia. The farm is introduced by owner Lachie Seears who describes its size, family history and how region's Mediterranean climate allows him to diversify across a range of valuable commodities including Angus cattle, cross-breed ...

Interactive Resource

Sustainable seafood guide: app for iPad

This app provides an assessment of the sustainability of a wide range of seafood species commonly consumed in Australia. It includes information about farming and fishing techniques, issues relating to ecosystems and endangered species, and a ranking system for canned tuna. This app contains two guides: Sustainable seafood ...

Teacher resource

European settlement

This lesson sequence explores European settlement in the Murray-Darling Basin and the establishment of western farming and irrigation. It includes a teacher PowerPoint presentation, separate teacher notes and a student worksheet. This lesson sequence is one in a series exploring aspects of the Murray-Darling Basin and is ...

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Farms have distinctive features: producer video

This is a video about action for sustainability on the Willalooka Pastoral Company's property in South Australia. Owner Thyne McGregor describes the natural characteristics of the extensive property in terms of its rainfall, soil quality and the Marcollat Watercourse. He tells how the property was originally cleared for ...

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Sharing stories: culture

This is a rich resource about the many intertwined aspects of Aboriginal cultures, including law, Country and Dreaming. It consists of an introduction, a teacher guide, three films made by Aboriginal students ('The Ngatji and paddle steamer', 'Bilwal medicine' and 'Thunderman') and two video interviews, one with Jarlmadangah ...

Teacher resource

Fruit, vegetable, crops - unit 5

This is a teacher resource that contains a program outline, student activities, an interactive game, and links to images and videos relevant to teaching primary students about growing and processing fruits, vegetables and crops in a variety of settings including the farm, laboratory and classroom. The program outline and ...

Interactive Resource

Difference Differently: one country, many cultures

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore Australia’s cultural diversity and how it defines Australia today. It uses historical source material to look at the reasons for migration and the treatment and contribution of migrant groups to Australian society. It also explores connection to ...

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Twelve canoes: seasons

This is a rich resource about the seasons of the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land. Its centrepiece is a short film narrated by a Yolngu storyteller describing some of the different seasons and what happens in those seasons. He explains that the seasons are not about the passing of time, but about how different things ...

Teacher resource

Sustainability: taking care of the Earth together

This is an interactive resource that uses different forms of texts to explore environmental and sustainability issues. It has sections on recycling and reuse, the negative consequences of global warming, reducing human impact on the Earth and caring for the Earth for future generations. It uses the 'The tomorrow book' by ...

Interactive Resource

Google Earth

This is a rich interactive iPad app mapping resource that enables the user to explore locations around the globe. The resource is presented as a map of the world with six main tools to enable navigation: Map layers to enable the user to select what is displayed on the map; a North direction button to reset the view; a My ...

Teacher resource

Natural disasters

This is a teaching and learning resource containing teacher resources, student activities and worksheets on Earth science topics including natural disasters and geology. The teacher resources include five pages of links to Earth science related websites. The collection of student activities covers a range of topics and ...

Interactive Resource

NSW ecosystems on show

This resource highlights fifteen natural ecosystems found in New South Wales. Each resource has been designed for students investigating ecosystem types in NSW, providing a greater understanding of their location, function, how they are impacted by human activity and how schools and communities can work to protect them. ...

Interactive Resource

One hen: microfinance for kids

This is an interactive resource that explores small enterprise microfinance and basic principles of business, with an emphasis on food and fibre industries around the world. It is based on the children's book 'One hen', which tells the story of a boy from Ghana who uses microfinance to help him establish a farm and support ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Rainforest: read a brochure

Read a six-page brochure about the climate of a temperate rainforest in Victoria. Look at maps of Australia showing patterns of temperature and rainfall. Find out what clothing to bring and how to get to the rainforest from the airport. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.