Australia2nd Grade Christen Canter And Rochelle Grome
Objectives • Students will be able to locate each Australian territory with 100% accuracy. • Students will be able to give 2 characteristics of each territory. • Students will discuss Australian life and their culture, and be able to cite important facts in both.
Table of Contents • Activities • Websites • Geography • Western Australia • Northern Territory • Southern Australia • Queensland
Table of Contents ctd. • New South Wales • Victoria • Tasmania • Canberra • Climate • Plant Life • Animal Life
Table of Contents ctd. • Other Animals • Aboriginals • Vocabulary
Activities • Students will create a collage with a given territory, using materials that are supplied by the teacher. (magazines, paper, & markers) • Given a certain territory, the students will find a book and do a report on what they have learned. • Students will get into groups and create a skit with the information they gather to help the other students learn. • Given a map of Australia, the students will use colored pencils and color each territory.
Activities ctd. • Students will complete a crossword puzzle which is based on the Aussie vocabulary. • A word search will be given to the students with important vocabulary terms for this unit.
Websites • http://alosvc.travel.aol.com/travel/lone • http://www.about-australia.com/ • http://www.lonelyplanet.com/dest/aust/aus.htm • http://www.csu.edu.au/education/australia.htm • http://www.dnathan.com/VL/austLang.htm
Geography • Australia is made up of several different states and territories. • Australia is the home of many different landscapes.
Western Australia • The largest state • Makes up 1/3 of Australia’s land mass • Capital city: Perth
Northern Territory • Capital city: Darwin (after Charles Darwin) • Dry Desert • Ayers Rock- The single largest rock in the world, over 1 ½ miles wide.
Southern Australia • Capital city: Adelaide • Major Industries • Wine • Wheat • Wool • Shipbuilding
Queensland • Capital city: Brisbane • Major Industries • Rubber • Coffee
New South Wales • Capital city: Sydney • 1st state/territory to be established
Victoria • Capital city: Melbourne • Smallest state/territory
Tasmania • Capital city: Hobart • Tasmania is an Island • Most varied Scenery • Lakes • Cascades • Rivers • Stone Houses
Canberra • The Capital of Australia • The whole entire continent is administered from here.
Climate • Driest Continent of all • Most interior rivers only flow after heavy rain. • Great Dividing Range contains most of the forests. • Northern temperature 75-85 degrees F • Interior – hot days, cool nights • South – below 45 degrees F
Plant Life • Unique plant life due to isolation from other land masses. • Eucalyptus/Gum trees, over 500 species can be found growing in all parts but the dry desert.
Animal Life • Marsupials -animals that carry their young in a pouch. • Koala • Wallaby • Kangaroo
Other Animals • Dingo- Wild Dog • Duckbilled Platypus • Kookaburra • Emu
Aboriginals • Native People of Australia • Very unwarlike spirit • Hunters and Gatherers • No permanent housing • Over 500 tribes • Wore no Clothes • Weapons • Boomerang • Wooden Spear • Stone Axe • Nets
Aussie Vocabulary • Billabong- water-hole • Coolibah Tree- Eucalyptus • Jumpbuck- Sheep • Tucker-bag- food bag • Squatter- Land Owner • Troopers- country police • Mate- Friend