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Curriculum into the classroom

Geography Year 3 Unit 1


Exploring similarities and difference in places near
and far
Assessment — Collection of work

Name: Teacher:

Class: Date:

Task
You will demonstrate your understanding of the similarities and differences between
characteristics of places at a local scale and represent data.

Instructions
 Part A – Representing places: Represent the location of places and their characteristics on
maps and describe the location of places, and selected countries, using simple grid
references and cardinal compass points (Lesson 9 - 60 min).
o Lead pencils, coloured pencils
 Part B – Representing and interpreting climate data: Represent data in tables and simple
graphs; and interpret geographical data to draw conclusions (Lesson 14 - 60 min).
o Blue coloured pencil
 Part C – Interpreting data to identify similarities and differences: Identify and describe
the similarities and differences between places and describe the distribution of features of
places (Lesson 19 - 60 min).
o Coloured pencils

Conditions
 Undertaken individually
 Undertaken in class time
 Students are able to seek assistance from their teacher regarding comprehension and
interpretation of sources.
 To be completed over 3 lessons

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Map 1:

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Part A – Representing Places
Question 1: Representing location
Refer to Map 1: Australia and its Neighbours to complete the following:
a) Label the states of Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania.
b) Use a symbol or colour to identify:
• The Great Barrier Reef • Uluru
c) Record the colour or symbol used for the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru in the legend.
(An example of using a symbol would be the river in Map 1: Australia and its
Neighbours)
Question 2: Describing location using cardinal compass points
Refer to Map 1: Australia and its Neighbours and Table 1: Direction of travel between
locations. Record the direction of travel from the starting point to the end point, using the
cardinal compass points.

Table 1: Direction of travel between locations

Starting Point End Point Direction of Travel

Example: Queensland Western Australia West

Australia Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Australia

Tasmania New South Wales

Question 3: Describing location using simple grid references


Locate the following places and features on Map 2: Important features of Australia.
Write the name of the feature or its grid reference in Table 2 below.

Table 2: Location of features on a map using simple grid references


Grid Reference Feature

Example: B4 Wave Rock

D5

The Big Pineapple

G3

Lake Eyre

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Part B – Representing and interpreting climate data
Question 1: Interpreting data
a) Refer to Map 3: World Climate Zones.

Identify the climate zone for the following locations.

 Hobart is located in the _____________________________ climate zone.

 Horn Island is located in the ___________________________ climate zone.

Figure 2: Temperature Data for Hobart and Horn Island

Average Monthly Temperature: Hobart

Months of Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
the year
Average
Temperature 16 16 15 12 10 8 7 8 10 12 13 15

Data sourced from: Bureau of Meteorology http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_094029.shtml

Average Monthly Temperature: Horn Island

Months of Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
the year
Average
Temperature 27 27 27 27 26 25 24 24 25 27 28 28

Data sourced from: Bureau of Meteorology http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_027058.shtml

b) Refer to Figure 2: Temperature Data for Hobart and Horn Island.

Record the lowest and highest temperatures (and the months they occurred) for Hobart
and Horn Island in Table 4 below.

Table 4: Lowest and Highest Average Temperatures for Hobart and Horn Island

Hobart Horn Island

Lowest Average
Temperature / Month

Highest Average
Temperature/ Month

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a) Explain why the temperatures between Hobart and Horn Island are different.
Hint: Use data from Map 3, Figure 1 and Table 4 to support your answer.

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Map 3:

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Part C – Interpreting data to identify similarities and differences
Refer to Figure 3: Stimulus Sheet to answer the following questions.

Question 1: Identifying and describing the similarities and differences between the
characteristics of places
Refer to Photographs 1 and 2 of the Papua New Guinea (PNG) school and Photographs
3 and 4 of the New Zealand (NZ) school.
a) Identify what natural and human features are the same and what natural and human
features are different at these two schools. Record your findings in Table 5.
Table 5: Comparison of a Papua New Guinea and a New Zealand school

PNG SCHOOL NZ SCHOOL


DIFFERENT SIMILAR DIFFERENT
NATURAL FEATURES NATURAL FEATURES NATURAL FEATURES

DIFFERENT SIMILAR DIFFERENT


HUMAN FEATURES HUMAN FEATURES HUMAN FEATURES

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Question 3: Describing the distribution of features
Refer to Map 5 Papua New Guinea School to answer the following questions.
a) Describe where the school classroom is located.
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b) Suggest why the classroom is located there.


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c) Explain why the classroom would be located near the village.


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Question 4: Describing the distribution of features


Refer to Map 6 New Zealand School to answer the following questions.
a) Describe where the gardens are located.
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b) Suggest why the gardens are located here.


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c) Explain why the library and computer room might be located in the middle of the
school.
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Question 5: Describing the similarities and differences between the characteristics of
places
Refer to Table 5, Photographs 1 - 4 and Maps 5 and 6 to answer the following questions.
a) Describe how the school in Papua New Guinea and the school in New Zealand are
similar.
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b) Describe how the school in Papua New Guinea and the school in New Zealand are
different.
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Figure 3: Stimulus Sheet

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Year 3 Geography: Unit 1: Collection of work Name:
Purpose: To demonstrate an understanding of the similarities and differences between characteristics of places at a local scale and to represent data
UNDERSTANDING SKILLS
Geographical Knowledge and Understanding Analysing and interpreting Communicating

Represent data in tables and graphs, and location of


Describe the characteristics of different places at the
places and their characteristics on maps that use the
local scale and identify and describe similarities and
Interpret geographical data to describe distributions conventions of legend, title and north point.
differences between the characteristics of these places.
and draw conclusions. Describe location of places and their features using
Describe the location of selected countries and the
grid references and compass points. Use simple
distribution of features of places.
geographical terminology in a range of texts.

Explains the connections between location and Analyses data to draw reasoned Provides precise, relevant information and
the characteristics and distribution of places conclusions data to represent and describe the
characteristics, location and features of A
places

Explains the similarities and differences between Applies data to support responses Represents data and the location of places
the characteristics of places; provides detailed accurately; uses geographical terminology
appropriately and accurately to describe
descriptions of the location and distribution of
places
B
features of places

Represents data in tables and simple graphs and


Describes the characteristics of different places at Interprets geographical data to describe
the location of places and characteristics on
the local scale, and identifies and describes distributions and draw conclusions
labelled maps that use cartographic conventions of
similarities and differences between the
legend, title and north point
characteristics of these places.
Describes location of places and features using
C
Describes the location of selected countries and the
simple grid references and cardinal compass
distribution of features of places
points; uses simple geographical terminology in a
range of texts

Identifies differences between places Retrieves data


Locates places
D

Lists characteristics of places States information Records data

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