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The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people

Elaborations

  • identifying the main types of vegetation, including forest, savannah, grassland, woodland and desert, and explaining the relationship between climate and natural vegetation (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • exploring how vegetation has an important role in sustaining the environment by producing oxygen, protecting food-producing land from erosion, retaining rainfall, providing habitat for animals, sheltering crops and livestock, providing shade for people, cooling urban places, producing medicines, wood and fibre, and making places appear more attractive (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • explaining how people’s connections with their environment can also be aesthetic, emotional and spiritual (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding)
  • explaining the significance of vegetation endemic in the local area to survival of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples (for example, as a source of food, shelter, medicine, tools and weapons) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural Understanding)
  • exploring strategies to protect particular environments that provide the habitats for animals (for example, planting bird-attracting vegetation) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking)

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