Landscapes and Their Features – A Geography Unit for Years 1/2

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Summary of Unit of Work:

In this unit students explore landscapes and common features of local environments. The unit assists the use and development of geographical inquiry and skills outlined in the Australian Curriculum. Learning begins by examining students’ natural environment. Students identify natural versus man-made features. This is extended though a literacy recount writing task. Students then observe and analyse different types of landscapes – beach, city, rural and country. Students identify the distinct features of these landscapes. To close the unit, students create an information report that summarises learning throughout the entire unit, giving students an opportunity to reflect on the geographical features of their own location. Worksheets, templates, PowerPoint, and Assessment Rubrics.

Australian Curriculum Links:

Year 1 Geography:

  • Geographical knowledge: The natural, managed, and constructed features of places, their location, how they change and how they can be cared for (AHGK005)
  • Geographical Inquiry and Skills: Collect and record geographical data and information by observing, or viewing sources (ACHGS008)
  • Geographical Inquiry Skills: Posing questions about familiar and unfamiliar places (ACHGS007)
  • Represent data and the location of places and their features by constructing tables, plans and labelled maps (ACHGS009)

Year 1 English:

  • Literacy: Creating Texts Creating short informative texts that show emerging use of appropriate text structure, sentence‐level grammar, word choice, spelling and punctuation… (ACELY1661)
  • Literacy: Analysing and Evaluating Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning about key events, ideas and information in texts that they listen to, view and read by drawing on growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features.
  • Language: Text structure and organisation Understand that the purposes texts serve shape their structure in predictable ways (ACELA1447)
  • Literacy: Creating Texts Creating short informative texts that show emerging use of appropriate text structure, sentence–‐level grammar, word choice, spelling and punctuation… (ACELY1661)
  • Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning about key events, ideas and information in texts that they listen to, view and read by drawing on growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features (ACELY1660)

Unit Overview:

Lessons in this sequence include:

  1. Places and Their Features
  2. Recount Writing
  3. What is Country and Rural?
  4. What is a City?
  5. The Coast and Beaches
  6. Information Report

Resources:

Download all of the unit-related resources below:

Geography Unit Overview – Places and Their Features (PDF)

Coast and Beach – Postcard Template (PDF)

Geographical Features – Recount Writing Assessment Rubric (DOCX)

Geographical Features – Information Report Assessment Rubric (DOCX)

Geographical Features – Living in the City (T-Chart) (PDF)

My Home – Information Report Template (PDF)

Natural vs Man-Made Features (Discussion Poster) (PDF)

Natural vs Man-Made Features Worksheet (PDF)

Rural and Country Scenes Powerpoint (PPTX)

Rural and Country Worksheet (PDF)

 

 

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