Our Place – Australia Unit Plan

Our Place – Australia Unit Plan

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10 x Lessons


This Humanities and Social Sciences unit addresses a range of concepts relating to the natural and human features of Australia.

It consists of 10 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

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.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require additional lessons.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Great Southern Land

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the natural and human features of Australia.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Australian States and Territories

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how Australia can be represented on a map as states and territories.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Australian Capital Cities and Regional Centres

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the geographical location of capital cities and regional centres around Australia.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

The First Maps - Stories and Songlines

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the oral traditions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples use to map landscapes.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Rivers of Australia

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify, describe and locate rivers in Australia.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Mountains of Australia

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify, describe and locate mountains in Australia.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Deserts of Australia

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify, describe and locate deserts in Australia.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Rainforests of Australia

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify, describe and locate rainforests in Australia.

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Lesson 9 60 minutes

A Natural Wonder - Our Great Barrier Reef

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the unique natural environment of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Lesson 10 60 minutes

Human Features of Australia

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the human features of Australia and explore some Australian landmarks.

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Lesson 11 (Assessment) 60 minutes

Our Place - Australia Inquiry Task

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An inquiry-based assessment task in which students will demonstrate an understanding of the natural and human features of Australia.

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Australian Curriculum alignment

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 3 > Inquiry and skills > Communicating > ACHASSI061
Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific termsElaborationscomposing different types of texts to repor...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 3 > Inquiry and skills > Analysing > ACHASSI057
Interpret data and information displayed in different formats, to identify and describe distributions and simple patternsElaborationsfinding the meaning of acronyms/initialisms they encounter (for exa...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 3 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI055
Sequence information about people’s lives and eventsElaborationsdeveloping an annotated timeline (for example, a timeline of celebrations and commemorations) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creat...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 3 > Inquiry and skills > Questioning > ACHASSI052
Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issuesElaborationsposing relevant questions when investigating the contribution individuals and groups have made to the development of the loca...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 3 > Inquiry and skills > Evaluating and reflecting > ACHASSI059
Interact with others with respect to share points of viewElaborationssharing and listening to others’ stories about their community and place (for example, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 3 > Inquiry and skills > Analysing > ACHASSI056
Examine information to identify different points of view and distinguish facts from opinionsElaborationsdistinguishing fiction and non-fiction texts in relation to representation of places, environmen...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 3 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > 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 conventionsElaboration...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 3 > Inquiry and skills > Evaluating and reflecting > ACHASSI058
Draw simple conclusions based on analysis of information and dataElaborationsexplaining conclusions about how their place and community have changed and developed (for example, settlement patterns, lo...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 3 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI053
Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observationsElaborationslocating sources suited to learning about the past (for example, photographs, interviews, newspapers, ...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 3 > Knowledge and Understanding > Geography > 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 humanElaborationsusi...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 3 > Knowledge and Understanding > History > ACHASSK062
The importance of Country/Place to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples who belong to a local areaElaborationsliasing with Community to identify original language groups of Aboriginal or T...


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