Essential Questions

How do the geography and climate of Australia influence how the poeple live?

What do the people of Australia do to meet their needs (economy)?

What beliefs, ideas, celebrations, traditions, and values make up the culture of Australia?

How do the people of Australia govern themselves?

What students must be able to do:

  • Students will be able to locate Australia on a map or globe.
  • Students will identify Australia as an island country that is also a continent.
  • Students will be able to identify and locate the capital (Canberra).
  • Students will discuss and read about Australia’s geography, natural resources, climate, and the population’s adaptations to those.
  • Students will identify the physical features of the regions of Australia (Outback, rainforest, deserts, plateaus) and the bodies of water that surround it.
  • Students will take an informal assessment based on the essential knowledge taught.

  • Students will recognize Australia’s influence on the world economy through its exports and tourism.
  • Students will compare the exports and imports of Australia with those of the U.S, Japan, and Egypt.
  • Students will discuss how Australia’s geography impacts its economy.
  • Compare the natural resources, agricultural goods, and major industries of Australia with those of the U.S., Japan, and Egypt.
  • Compare the national holidays of Australia with the U.S., Japan, and Egypt.
  • Discuss the similarities and differences among Australia, the U.S., Egypt, and Japan.
  • Students will compare the similarities and differences between the Native Americans and the Aborigines.
  • Create timelines comparing the Native Americans with the aborigines of Australia.
  • Create a matrix showing the similarities and differences in culture, government, economy, and geography of the 4 nations.
  • Identify the branches of government
  • Compare the government of Australia with the governments of the U.S., Japan, and Egypt
  • Create a salt map of Australia representing the states and territories.