We’re rather excited to be ‘trekking around’ Australia with our Australian Geography Unit. Learning more about our nation and deepen our appreciation of this huge and diverse land we are blessed to live in. Over the past decade and a half we’ve embarked upon many unit studies, previously though our unit studies have centered around history, this time we’re focusing our studies from a geographical perspective.
I’m sharing my plans with you in the hope that you may inspired to also explore Australia. I designed these plans to be a ‘template,’ wishing to re-use them for travelling to other continents/countries/states, only needing to give the plans a minor/localised tweaking.
We will begin our studies with an overview of our nation and then travel individually to each state and territory. My initial intention when I first began planning was to spend two weeks on the nation and each of the states and territories, however as my plans grew I’ve realised that is an insufficient time to spend trekking about, so the timeline is open.
I’m confident the chances of us covering all of my plans are not high, that’s okay, it’s more about presenting ideas and trails and being semi-prepared to travel the roads of interest. Mostly I want our children to have a comprehension of what an incredibly beautiful and varied country they are privileged to live in.
I am still writing an indepth booklist and will share it as soon as complete.
I am still writing more detailed plans for this sub-topic and will share shortly:
Plan is to contact various blogging/instagram buddies around Australia asking if their children can provide basic information of their lifestyles and localities and pictures.
- Australian Book Traveller
- Pinterest Unit Study Australia
- Our Worldwide Classroom Free Printables
- Suzie’s Home Education Ideas Australian Unit
- Pinterest Australian Study
- Trek n Trails Australian Geography
- Kids World Travel Guide Australia
- Enchanted Learning Australia
- Australian Unit Study
- Oz Curriculum
- Youtubes: search
Ways in which the children may present their research, other presentations are of course also most welcome .
- Fact Sheets
- Notebooking Pages
- Power Point Presentation
- Purchase wall map of Australia.
- Mega Maps: Individual maps on the following: fill in physical & political details
States & Territories
- Purchase topographic map of our area
Map our property
- Suggested Activity
Research the following and fill in fact sheets, create Notebooking Pages or colour.
- National & State/Territory Facts
- National & State/Territory Animals
Research any of the following of your choice, watch videos, then fill in fact sheets, create Notebooking Pages or colour. Read books from booklist.
- Australian Animals
- Flora and Fauna
- Australian Trees
- Suggest Activity
The following are suggested areas of study; research topics of your interest. Read, watch youtubes etc, then fill in fact sheets or create Notebooking Pages. Read books from booklist.
- Questions explore – ie Why won’t boomerangs come back?
Research briefly each of the following Australian biomes/ecosystems, watch videos, fill in fact sheets or create Notebooking Pages. Read books from booklist.
- Great Barrier Reef
Google for youtubes
Research briefly each of the following Australian natural disasters, watch videos, narrate orally. Read books from booklist.
Google for youtubes
The following are suggested areas of study; research a couple of topics that interest you. Fill in fact sheets or create Notebooking Pages. Read books from booklist.
Bake some national favourites such as; pavlova, lamingtons, meat pies, Anzac biscuits
- Performing Arts
Government – Teenagers
Watch a selection of videos then orally narrate.
- Basic Facts; Federal and State
Economics – Teenagers
Research briefly, fill in fact sheets or create Notebooking Pages, watch videos.
Enjoy the following and booklist to follow.
- Short Stories – Teenagers
Study a picture a day; observe, recall
- Wattle Painting with Pom Poms
- Lots of Ideas!
- Aboriginal Art
- Colouring pages
- Youtubes & Pinterest: search for ideas
- 30 Movies to Learn About Australia
- Youtubes & Pinterest: search for titles