This unit is based on the Year 3 Australian Curriculum HASS Inquiry Skills, Knowledge and Understandings. Students explore the boundaries of Australia both pre and post-European settlement. They compare the two and discuss the implication of settlement on indigenous boundaries. They investigate how oral communication is used to convey indigenous stories about the creation of natural landmarks, as well as how songs were used as a type of map. Students learn some of the natural and manmade features of Australia and use digital technologies to locate these on a map of Australia. They research and create an information report on a natural feature of Australia.

6 x 1 hour lessons
Cross curriculum
16x resources/worksheets
Overview

In this unit students will explore the following concepts;

  • Australia is divided into states/territories with major cities and regional centres.
  • Indigenous boundaries differ from post-settlement boundaries.
  • Indigenous Australians can communicate orally to convey messages.
  • There are many natural and manmade features located throughout Australia.