A review of Australia, Oceania, and Antartica. Students examine geography, history, society, culture, and economics.
Australia and the Pacific unit contains 6 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in Australia and the Pacific Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
The Pacific Countries: Geographic Passport
Students are introduced to the physical geography of the Pacific Countries, or Oceania. They learn about the various types of islands in the region and the role that tectonics has played in creating the physical features of the region. They learn about the flora and the fauna as well as the climate. Then they explore the Great Barrier Reef and research one of the threats to the reef. Finally, they describe what part of Oceania they would like to visit and explain why.
The Pacific Countries: History and Its Influence
Students explore the early history of Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific islands, including the early inhabitants and how they got there. Then they learn about the colonization that begin in 1788 and the later decolonization. They study the history of immigration throughout Australia's history. Then they read and create a timeline of New Zealand history. Finally, they research one event and explain its importance.
The Pacific Countries: Government and Economy
Students learn about the government and economy of Australia and New Zealand. Then they compare and contrast the two. Next, they explore the relationship between the governments of the two countries and explain its effect on their economies. Finally, students describe how the rich natural resources of the region contribute to their economies.
The Pacific Countries: Society and Culture
Students learn about the Aboriginal art of Australia. Then they explore the Maori art of New Zealand, writing a description of raranga (weaving) and whakairo (carving). Finally, they choose another aspect of Maori culture, research it, and write a report, which they present to their classmates.
Students explore the physical geography of Antarctica, particularly its climate. Then they learn about the history of exploration on the continent. Next, they learn about the environmental issue of melting polar ice and its connection to human activity. Finally, students research and develop a travel plan for a trip to Antarctica.