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Park Explorers

Parks are full of amazing things! Discover the natural and constructed features of places, how they change through the seasons and how we can care for them.

Stage 1 Geography Syllabus Outcomes 

Feature of places outcomes
  • GE1-1 Describe features of places and the connections people have with place.
  • GE1-2 Identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places.
  • GE1-3 Communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools for inquiry.
Geography Skills
  • Pose geographical questions - ACHGS007
  • Collect and record geographical data and information - ACHGS008, ACHGS014
  • Represent data by constructing tables, graphs or maps - ACHGS009, ACHGS015
  • Draw conclusions based on the interpretation of geographical information sorted into categories - ACHGS010, ACHGS016
  • Present findings in a range of communication forms - ACHGS011, ACHGS017
  • Reflect on their learning and suggest responses to their findings - ACHGS012, ACHGS018

Key Inquiry Questions
  • What are the features of, and activities in, places?
  • How can we care for places?
  • Literacy capability
  • Information and Communication Technology capability
  • Critical and Creative Thinking capability
  • Personal and Social capability
  • Intercultural Understanding capability
What will we see?
Books: 
‘Wilam: A Birrarung Story’ by Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly, Lisa Kennedy (Illustrator)
‘Welcome to Country’ by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy
‘Possum Magic’ by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas 

Who will we meet?
Books:  
‘Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems’ by Joyce Sidman 
‘Desert Lake’ by Pamela Freeman and Liz Anelli 
‘Beginners Ponds’ by Emily Bone, Lucie Rioland 
‘Bug Hunt’ by Tom Story 
‘Bangu the Flying Fox: A Dreamtime Story of the Yuin People of Wallaga Lake’ by Jillian Taylor 

What will we wear? (weather and seasons)
Books:  
‘Clouds’ by Anne Rockwell  
‘Big Rain Coming’ by Katrina Germein 
‘My First Book of the Seasons’ with Lots of Fantastic Stickers by Chiara Piroddi
‘All Through the Year’ by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker 
‘Colours of Australia’ by Bronwyn Bancroft 
‘Tree’ by Britta Teckentrup 
‘I Face the Wind’ by Vicki Cobb illustrated by Julia Gorton 
 
Online Game:
Explore the Weather: https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/media/1496503/explore-the-weather
 
Indigenous weather knowledge:  
http://www.bom.gov.au/iwk/
https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/media/1771788/indigenous-seasons-across-northern-australia
 
Classic Kids: Sounds Like Australia https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/digibook/2878600/sounds-like-australia
 
Websites:
Earth and the seasons: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/seasons/en/