This unit is based on the Year 5 Australian Curriculum HASS Inquiry Skills, Knowledge and Understandings.

Students explore the countries and manmade changes of both Europe and North America.

They explore the Indigenous Australians' methods of land and resource management and how the biodiversity of Australia drastically changed after European Settlement.

Students investigate liveability and complete an information report on one of the effects of climate change and the way it impacts liveability.

They explore the influence of landforms on the development of settlements that are involved in fibre and food production, specifically focusing on the Ganges, Yangtze, Amazon and Mekong Rivers.

They explore the unique environment of Antarctica and how it is used and managed through exploring the Antarctic Treaty and Antarctic settlements.

Students explore the locations in which floods and bushfires occur, focusing on the severity, impacts and prevention in Australia.

9 x 1 hour lessons
Cross curriculum
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Australian Curriculum - (QLD/SA/WA/NT/TAS/ACT)

ACHASSI094

Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges


ACHASSI095

Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources


ACHASSI096

Organise and represent data in a range of formats including tables, graphs and large- and small-scale maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions


ACHASSI098

Examine primary sources and secondary sources to determine their origin and purpose


ACHASSI099

Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and present


ACHASSI100

Interpret data and information displayed in a range of formats to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns and trends, and to infer relationships


ACHASSI101

Evaluate evidence to draw conclusions


ACHASSI102

Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges


ACHASSI103

Use criteria to make decisions and judgements and consider advantages and disadvantages of preferring one decision over others


ACHASSI104

Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects


ACHASSI105

Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions


ACHASSK111

The influence of people on the environmental characteristics of places in Europe and North America and the location of their major countries in relation to Australia


ACHASSK112

The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places


ACHASSK113

The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them


ACHASSK114

The impact of bushfires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond


NSW

HT3-5

Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication


GE3-4

Acquires, processes and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry


GE3-3

Compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments


GE3-2

Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments


GE3-1

Describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments


VIC

VCGGC088

Collect and record relevant geographical data and information from the field and secondary sources, using ethical protocols


VCGGC089

Represent the location of places and other types of geographical data and information in different forms including diagrams, field sketches and large-scale and small-scale maps that conform to cartographic conventions of border, scale, legend, title, north point and source; using digital and spatial technologies as appropriate


VCHHC083

Identify the origin, content features and the purpose of historical sources and describe the context of these sources when explaining daily life in colonial Australia, reasons for migration and causes and effects of Federation


VCGGC090

Interpret maps and other geographical data and information using digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, to develop identifications, descriptions, explanations and conclusions that use geographical terminology


VCGGK091

Location of the major countries of Europe and North America, in relation to Australia and their major characteristics including the influence of people on the environmental characteristics of places in at least two countries from both continents


VCGGK094

Influence of people, including the influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places


VCGGK096

Environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of places and the management of spaces within them


VCGGK095

Impacts of bushfires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond


Overview

The key concepts in this unit include:

  • There are manmade and natural structures with continents of the world that impact sustainability, liveability and production of food and fibres. 
  • We have a lot to learn from Indigenous Australians in order to maintain Australia’s biodiversity.
  • Changes to environments, such as climate change, can impact the liveability.
  • Unique environments can be managed and used sustainably in an agreeable way.
  • There is a higher instance of natural disasters to particular areas within Australia.
  • For safety, it is imperative that we are prepared for natural disasters in Australia.
     
Learning Intention
  • We are learning to understand the influence of people on the environmental characteristics of places in Europe and North America and the location of their major countries in relation to Australia.
  • We are learning to understand the influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places.
  • We are learning to identify the environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them.
  • We are learning to identify the impact of bushfires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond.
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