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BBC Landscapes: map skills - scale

This interactive resource engages students in mapping activities with the focus on map scales and their uses. Students are introduced to the representation of scales via text descriptions and demonstrate their learning by responding to multiple-choice questions. This resource is one of a series of online resources from ...

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BBC Landscapes: map skills - symbols and keys

This interactive resource engages students in mapping activities with the focus on the meaning and interpretation of map symbols and legends. Students are introduced to the symbols via text descriptions and examples. Students demonstrate their learning by responding to multiple-choice questions. This resource is one of ...

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Orienteering: using a map and compass

Orienteering requires knowledge of directions, an ability to read a map and the use of a magnetic compass. Find out about the basics of orienteering.

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Drawing a floor plan

How do we know what a house will look like before it is built? Discover how house plans work by looking at the design of a house that Hugo's family is going to build. See how a floor plan shows the room layout. See drawings of what the house will look like from different views.

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Hair by choice

Is it unusual to find businesses offering similar goods or services next to each other? Well here's an example in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, where four hairdressers have done exactly that. See what sets them apart. Find out why these businesses are succeeding.

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Rainforest: use signs and symbols

Look at photos showing how a ranger has repaired damage to the rainforest caused by people. See examples of common symbols such as toilets, no smoking and tourist information. Match photos of places of interest in the rainforest with map symbols such as ferns, forest floor and wildlife. As you go, look up the meaning of ...

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Rainforest: use compass points

Use compass points and a scale to find places on a map. Understand abbreviations such as N, W, SW and E. Follow instructions to find four locations. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

Teacher resource

Exploring SpatialGenie - teacher resource

This teacher resource describes how students can interpret simple maps of familiar locations and identify the relative positions of main features using the maps in the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie. They develop their own map key and prepare questions related to a predefined map.

Teacher resource

What would Halloween be like without the Ecuadorian rainforest?

This is a teaching-learning resource containing teaching strategies and student activities that support an investigation of environmental issues related to food production and transportation, with a focus on chocolate production and cacao farming in Ecuador. The resource has eight tabs, seven of which are relevant. The ...

Teacher resource

Why does the cacao tree need a tropical rainforest to grow?

This is a teaching-learning resource containing teaching strategies and student activities that support an investigation of the requirements for the survival of plants, focusing on cacao plants, the growing conditions of the biomes and bioregions in which they thrive, and how these can be affected by human activity. The ...

Teacher resource

Measurement and Geometry- Location and transformation

This is a unit of work that uses farming to explore the measurement and geometry concepts of grid references, directional language, area and length. It has a teacher directed task that introduces directional language and grid references and two student work tasks. The work tasks involve designing a farm using a grid and ...