This Geography unit investigates how people have migrated and adapted to different environments around the world, developing culture and resources. Students need to use their mapping and investigation skills to understand landscapes, climates and environments and where they are in the world, and why people migrated to them.
It consists of 9 lessons of approximately 60-minutes duration, with the opportunity for multi-session student activities.
The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class. The unit can be shortened by omitting some of the countries/regions.
A knowledge check for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.
Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a learning portfolio. These can also be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.
This unit plan includes the following resources:
- World Mapping Booklet – Worksheet
- World Mapping Features – Teaching Presentation
- Acclimatised Civilisations – Word Wall
- Acclimatised Civilisations: Greece – Workbook
- Acclimiatised Civilisations – Teaching Presentation
- Acclimatised Civilisations: Inuit Territories – Workbook
- Acclimatised Civilisations: Australia – Workbook
- Acclimatised Civilisations: Egypt – Workbook
- Acclimatised Civilisations: India – Workbook
- Acclimatised Civilisations: Andes Mountains – Workbook
- Acclimatised Civilisations – Inquiry Project
- To revise locating and labelling the main features on the world map.
- To learn about civilisations in Greece and how they adapted to the Mediterranean environment.
- To learn about Inuit civilisations and how they adapted to the tundra environment.
- To learn about Australian First Nation civilisations and how they adapted to the landscape.
- To learn about civilisations in Egypt and how they adapted to the desert landscape.
- To learn about civilisations in India how they adapted to the tropical landscape.
- To learn about civilisations in the Andes Mountains and how they adapted to the alpine landscape.
Preparing for Learning
This Geography unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the content of the unit with other learning areas, e.g. Literacy and Mathematics.
Prior to commencing the unit, use relevant posters to develop a classroom display that focuses on Geography. Display word wall vocabulary and learning goals that the students will engage with throughout the unit to stimulate their learning. For examples of additional teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Geography and Mapping Resources on the Teach Starter website.
Many of the resources that accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, we advise teachers to browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.
Australian Curriculum alignment
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges
Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources
Organise and represent data in a range of formats including tables, graphs and large- and small-scale maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions
Examine primary sources and secondary sources to determine their origin and purposeElaborationsinferring the nature, purpose and origin of artefacts to determine if they have evidence to offer an investigation of a time, place or process (Skills: Lit...
Evaluate evidence to draw conclusions
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
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
The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places
The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them