Australian Curriculum Teaching Resources


Interpret data and information displayed in different formats, to identify and describe distributions and simple patterns


  • decoding the meaning of symbols and emblems associated with Australian history, geography and civic life and applying an understanding of conventions, vocabulary and symbols when interpreting large-scale maps (Skills: Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural Understanding)
  • comparing information in sources to identify evidence of change (for example, Aboriginal, Dutch and French place names on Australia’s west coast; past and present distribution of vegetation in North Africa that points to increasing desertification) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • interpreting the data presented in picture, line, bar or column graphs to idenitify simple trends or distributions (for example, explaining survey results about types of waste produced in the school or how people in the community participate) (Skills: Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • interpreting thematic maps and using Google Earth or similar applications to describe the characteristics of a continent or region or to identify the distribution of a particular characteristic (for example, languages of South America, equatorial rainforests, settlement along a major river valley in South America from its source to the sea) (Skills: Literacy, Numeracy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • comparing environments in places of similar climate and vegetation that are located on different continents (for example, sandy, icy and stony deserts of Australia, Africa, Antarctica and South America) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking)

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