Acclimatised Civilisations – Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Acclimatised Civilisations – Unit Plan

7 x Lessons |1 x Assessment | Suitable for Grade: 5

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.

 Overview

Objectives

  • 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.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

Mapping Our World

A 60-minute lesson in which students revise locating and labelling the main features on the world map.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Greece

A 60-minute lesson in which students learn how people lived in and adapted to the Mediterranean environment in Greece.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Inuit Territories

A 60-minute lesson in which students learn how people lived in and adapted to the Tundra environment in Inuit Territories.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Australia

A 60-minute lesson in which students learn how people lived in and adapted to the environment in Australia.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Egypt

A 60-minute lesson in which students learn how people lived in and adapted to the desert environment in Egypt.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

India

A 60-minute lesson in which students learn how people lived in and adapted to the environment in India.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

The Andes Mountains

A 60-minute lesson in which students learn how people lived in and adapted to the alpine environment in the Andes Mountains.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8 (Assessment)

Assessment: Acclimatised Civilisations – Inquiry Project

An inquiry project designed to assess students’ knowledge and understanding of cultures and the environments they have adapted to.

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  Australian Curriculum alignment


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