This unit is based on the Year 3 Australian Curriculum HASS Inquiry Skills, Knowledge and Understandings. Students develop an understanding of weather and how climatic zones are different.

They collect daily temperatures and weather information and they create and interpret a class graph.

Students learn how to read maps and their features, including scales, legends and grid references.

Students locale Australia and neighbouring countries on a world map and discuss the direction of travel to each place from Australia.

Students examine the different temperature zones of Australia; equatorial, tropical, sub-tropical, desert, grassland and temperate and mark them on a map of Australia. They mark some natural and human features on a map of Australia and use a legend to label the map.

Students compare two states or territories of Australia and list their natural and human features, as well as climate zones.

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Australian Curriculum - (QLD/SA/WA/NT/TAS/ACT)

ACHASSI052

Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues


ACHASSI053

Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations


ACHASSI054

Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple graphs, tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions


ACHASSI057

Interpret data and information displayed in different formats, to identify and describe distributions and simple patterns


ACHASSI058

Draw simple conclusions based on analysis of information and data


ACHASSI061

Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms


ACHASSK066

The representation of Australia as states and territories and as Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples; and major places in Australia, both natural and human


ACHASSK067

The location of Australia’s neighbouring countries and the diverse characteristics of their places


ACHASSK068

The main climate types of the world and the similarities and differences between the climates of different places


ACHASSK069

The similarities and differences between places in terms of their type of settlement, demographic characteristics and the lives of the people who live there, and people’s perceptions of these places


ACHASSK070

The importance of making decisions democratically


NSW

HT2-5

Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication


GE2-4

Acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry


GE2-1

Examines features and characteristics of places and environments


GE2-3

Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments


HT2-2

Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time


GE2-2

Describes the ways people, places and environments interact


VIC

VCGGC074

Collect and record relevant geographical data and information from the field and other sources


VCGGC075

Represent data and the location of places and their characteristics by constructing tables and simple graphs and maps of appropriate scale that conform to cartographic conventions of border, scale, legend, title and north point


VCGGC076

Interpret maps and other geographical data and information to develop identifications, descriptions, explanations and conclusions, using geographical terminology including simple grid references, compass direction and distance


VCHHC067

Identify the origin and content features of primary sources when describing the significance of people, places and events


VCGGK079

Representation of Australia as states and territories, and Australia’s major natural and human characteristics


VCGGK078

Location of Australia’s neighbouring countries and the diverse characteristics of their places


VCGGK081

Main climates of the world and the similarities and differences between the climates of different places


VCGGK084

Similarities and differences between places in terms of their type of settlement, demographic characteristics and the lives of the people who live there


VCCCG002

Identify how and why decisions are made democratically in communities


Overview

Students will:

  • Learn about the difference between weather and climate.
  • Recognise the location of the different climate zones of Australia and the world. 
  • Learn how to read a map and its key features.
  • Understand the difference between natural and human features.
  • Compare two states or territories and draw conclusions.
  • Learn how to draw and interpret a graph.
Learning Intention
  • We are learning to understand the landmarks in Australia and the representation of Australia as states, territories and capital cities and as Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • We are learning to understand the location of Australia’s neighbouring countries and the diverse characteristics of their places.
  • We are learning to understand the main climate types of the world and the similarities and differences between the climates of different places.
  • We are learning to understand the similarities and differences between places in terms of their type of settlement, demographic characteristics, the lives of the people who live there, and people’s perceptions of these places.
  • We are learning to understand the importance of making decisions democratically.
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