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Geography / Year 8 / Geographical Inquiry and Skills / Collecting, recording, evaluating and representing

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Curriculum content descriptions

Represent spatial distribution of different types of geographical phenomena by constructing appropriate maps at different scales that conform to cartographic conventions, using spatial technologies as appropriate (ACHGS058)

Elaborations
  • developing a statistical map to show demographic or economic data for Australia or China, or show the cultural and demographic diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples using mapping software
  • creating a map showing geomorphological features by using data from Geoscience Australia, or demographic statistics from census data, using a spatial technologies application
  • using the Global Positioning System (GPS) to make a map of the features of a landform
  • creating a map showing geomorphological features, incorporating traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander names for these where known
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Maps (Geographic location),  Key (Data representation),  Scale (Proportions),  Spatial technologies

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