Humanities and social sciences / Year 6 / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography

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Curriculum content descriptions

The world’s cultural diversity, including that of its indigenous peoples (ACHASSK140)

Elaborations
  • identifying examples of indigenous peoples who live in different regions in the world (for example, the Maori of Aotearoa New Zealand, the First Nations of North America and the Orang Asli of Malaysia and Indonesia), appreciating their similarities and differences, and exploring the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • investigating sustainability of the environments in which many indigenous peoples have lived sustainably over time
  • investigating the similarities and differences in official languages, religions and spiritual traditions between Australia and selected countries of the Asia region and other parts of the world
  • researching the proportion of the Australian population and of the population from their local area who were born in each world cultural region, using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and then comparing aspects of selected cultures
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
ScOT terms

Cultural diversity,  Regional culture,  Cultural awareness

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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Gapminder world

This is an interactive resource featuring an animated scatter plot displaying the development of over 200 countries between 1800 and 2011 based on data for two variables, the default being income per person and life expectancy, with population size represented by the size of the plotted points (bubbles). The graph has a ...

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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Dollar street

This is an interactive resource about the different standards of living of people at different levels of wealth. It shows a street containing photo-panoramas from households at different income levels in Mozambique, South Africa and Uganda. The user can choose the level of income ranging from $1-2 per day to over $100 per ...

Teacher resource

A geographical focus on 'Choose your own statistics'

This teaching resource demonstrates ways in which real data can used to support geographical enquiry. It is based on the interactive learning resource Choose your own statistics, where data is presented in the form of infographics, graphical representations and data tables. It also includes supporting information on each ...

Teacher resource

Indigenous knowledge and sustainability

This is a rich multimedia professional learning module for primary and secondary teachers about the importance of indigenous knowledge-culture, values and practices for sustainability. It focuses on six main topics: the wisdom of the Elders; the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; why indigenous knowledge ...

Teacher resource

Life expectancy PowerPoint

This teacher resource is a PowerPoint presentation designed to address common student misunderstandings about life expectancy. It emphasises that life expectancy is an average, that most people live for much longer or shorter than their life expectancy and that, when life expectancy is low, it is mostly because of a very ...

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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 ...

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World Wonders TV show: earthquake

Build a script about earthquakes for a television show. Help a researcher to sort facts and pictures. Use a model structure, sample text and images to build an explanation. Include sections on causes, processes and effects. Connect ideas in the script by adding joining words such as 'however' and 'finally'. This learning ...

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Farms and people’s connections to them: producer video

This is a video about the operation of the Outback Pride project and the value of the Australian native food produced in conjunction with Aboriginal peoples. To a visual background of the nursery at Reedy Creek in South Australia and some of 25 Aboriginal communities involved in the project in SA and Northern Territory, ...

Teacher resource

Migrants Enriching Australia

This is a rich collection of stories that focuses on the life experiences of two individuals, one of Greek heritage and one of Polish heritage, who immigrated and settled in Victoria post World War II. The resource explores how these people shared their cultural heritage and how this enriched Australian life at this time. ...

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WeCommemorate

WeCommemorate is a series of challenges for teachers to use with students to commemorate Australia's involvement in the First World War. These project-based challenges have been designed to engage students from Early Stage 1 to Stage 5 in the production of creative multimedia works and to develop 21st century learning skills. ...

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Gooniyandi seasons calendar

This is the Mingayooroo - Manyi Waranggiri Yarrangi, Gooniyandi seasons calendar developed by people of the Gooniyandi language group of the Kimberley in collaboration with CSIRO. The resource consists of an introduction, a richly illustrated calendar and related links. The introduction contains information about the people’s ...

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Asia skills: a taster

This is a video clip produced by the Asia Education Foundation showing a series of Australians talking about how their work and life experience is interconnected with Asian countries and cultures. They include fashion designer Nicole Fraser, sports lawyer James Johnson, arts pproducer Kate Ben-Tovim, grower and exporter ...

Teacher resource

Discovering past methods of food and fibre production

This is a teacher resource containing a sequence of activities for investigating the production of food and fibre in Australia’s past. It contains material to assist planning, implementing and assessing a study of past methods of food and fibre production in Australia including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples’ ...

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My Japan

This is a web page produced by the Asia Education Foundation with two videos of Australians talking about their intercultural experiences working in Japan and the important influence of Asian cultures and languages on their lives. In the first clip, Asian Flavours, Adam Liaw talks about his personal journey and the importance ...

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China

This video playlist, produced by the Asia Education Foundation, features a series of videos showing Australians talking about their intercultural experiences working in and with China. These clips include interviews with people working in a variety of employment sectors such as fashion, farming, manufacturing and design ...

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Has the world become a better place?

This interactive resource is a Flash presentation with voice-over that considers whether conditions have improved in developing countries since 1962. The presentation uses an animated scatter plot showing fertility rate and child mortality for all countries from 1962 to 2003 and compares industrialised countries with developing ...

Teacher resource

Cross-cultural links

This is a resource sheet for teachers about making cross-cultural links between specific objects from Chinese, Italian and Papua New Guinean cultures and similar objects from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures. The links are between kundu drums from Papua New Guinea and drums (warups and bururburus) from the ...

Teacher resource

Refugees

This is a compilation of five teaching sequences about refugees. It includes sections on factors leading to people being forced to leave and seek safety; refugees and asylum seekers; life in a refugee camp; statistics about refugees worldwide; Myanmar refugees; and how a number of international support programs are empowering ...