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Teacher guide Finding Farms

TLF ID M019343

This is a teacher resource containing a series of inquiry teaching sequences about life on farms in Australia. It contains material to assist the planning, implementing and assessing a study of five primary industry sectors involved in food and fibre production. The tasks in this resource are based around illustrated maps with grid references. This resource includes links to a large range of images including many maps and aerial photographs as well as online videos. This resource also contains a comprehensive fast facts section detailing some important Australian agricultural industries, and worksheets based on five illustrated maps.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is highly valuable for a content description in the Measurement and Geometry strand of the year 5 Mathematics curriculum. This resource supports teaching the grid reference system and its use in describing locations and landmarks, as well as the creation of a game based on grid references. This resource contains materials for comparing grid reference maps with aerial views, and includes worksheets that require the interpretation of five grid reference maps.
  • This resource is of significant value due to its relevance to a content description in years 5 and 6 Design and Technologies curriculum relating to the production of food and fibre. This resource supports the teaching about the diversity of Australian farms, the products they produce, and the management strategies employed in the production of food and fibre.
  • This resource is valuable due to its relevance to a year 5 Geography Inquiry and Skills content description. This resource contains materials that support teaching about collecting and recording geographical information, particularly from digitised maps. There are many links to maps in this resource as well as tasks associated with collecting relevant geographical information from secondary sources.
  • This resource is relevant to the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority, particularly for teaching about the sustainable practices used in the production of food and fibre. This resource is useful for looking at principles of sustainability including how all life is connected through ecosystems, as well as sustainable futures and the design of actions to enhance sustainability, which are based on an understanding of environments and reflect values of care and responsibility.
  • This is a valuable resource for the literacy and numeracy general capabilities. There are many tasks and activities that support the teaching of food and fibre language and concepts including word definition tasks. There is also an analysis of effective questions, particularly open-ended questions, to support the creation of an investigative-type game. The teaching of numeracy is supported through tasks involving the interpretation and creation of maps associated with different farming industries.
Year level

5; 6

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  • Name: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)
  • Organization: Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)
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  • Name: Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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  • Online
  • © Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia 2015, except where indicated otherwise. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia license Under this license the material is available for free use and adaptation. Educators may use, adapt, communicate and re-publish material from the resource.