People Live in Places Unit Plan

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8 x lessons

This Geography unit covers a range of concepts relating to the places students live in and belong to.

It consists of 7 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 an additional lesson.


  • To investigate the importance of the places students live and to explore the people who make up families.
  • To identify schools as special places.
  • To explore each student's responsibility in caring for their school environment.
  • To represent places on simple maps.
  • To examine the different groups people belong to, why these groups are important and how these groups celebrate.
  • To identify that their place is also the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • To appreciate the responsibility of all people to care for our natural environment.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of special places, important features and the importance of caring for these places.

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, Numeracy, The Arts.
Prior to commencing the unit, create a classroom display which acknowledges the places students live in and belong toDisplay teaching resources that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning, such as the Caring for Places Word Wall and the People Live in Places - BannerFor examples of additional teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Places collection on the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.



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