Geography 10 into 11 transition lesson and holiday HW

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In Geography we study the interaction between the human and natural environments and how they change over time.

Unit 1 Geography Study Design VCAA

Unit 1 Geography Overview SIMON
Unit 1 Geography Field Trips: Hanging Rock & Vic Park
Unit 1 Geography Assessment:
  • Homework Tasks
  • SAC1 Geographic Skills & Concepts,
  • SAC 2 Volcanic Environments,
  • SAC 3 Temperate Forest Field Trip,
  • SAC 4 Temperate Forests Test,
  • Exam

Unit 1:
This unit investigates the geographic characteristics of natural environments and landforms, and the natural processes that shape and change the Earth’s surface. It investigates how the interactions between natural processes and human activities can also change natural environments. Natural environments studied are coasts and rivers and students complete fieldwork on a creek in their local area.

Study in this area can lead to expertise / careers in the areas of...
  • Environmental policy and decision support
  • Environmental justice
  • GIS and remote sensing
  • Landscape ecology

Definition of Geography
Define what you think Geography is.
Then compare this to the definition (page 2 in the text / google search) and add this official definition to your own.

Natural environments 1, 2
The geographer also recognizes relationships that exist between people and the conditions of the natural surroundings, or environment. They sees that the climate, landforms, water supply, the presence or absence of minerals, and other natural characteristics of an area are related in many ways to the economic, social, and political affairs of people everywhere. ref

Our natural environment: Australia
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Identify and copy / write one sentence for each type of natural environment in Australia.

Human environments
Human beings are dependent on the environment. We adapt to it, modify it based on our necessities, i.e., we interact with the environment in several ways. Human beings cause transformation of the environment to be able to easily adjust with it and have thus created so many locations in the world. Just as humans make a difference to the environment, the environment also affects human beings...

Geography teaches us that we live in a single environmental system which is always affected by the activities of its inhabitants. Each and every individual is accountable for the changes caused in the earth’s environment...

Human Environmental Interaction is based on three factors. They are the environment’s nature, culture and traditional values of the people living in the environment and the amount of usage of technology...

  • What are the harmful effects of ozone layer depletion and what are its causes?
  • What are the factors on which Human Environmental Interaction depends?

Recognising Human and natural environments...
Each of the pictures below is an example of human-environment interaction.
  • Identify the human and natural activities and geographic characteristics in each photos.
  • Read the information given in the links below each picture.
  • Then explain how humans use the characteristics of their environment to improve their lives.


<–Click on this link for information about how igloos work.

Adobe houses (also known as pueblos) are Native American house complexes used by the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest. Adobe pueblos are modular, multi-story houses made of adobe (clay and straw baked into hard bricks) or of large stones cemented together with adobe. Each adobe unit is home to one family, like a modern apartment. The whole structure, which can contain dozens of units, is often home to an entire extended clan.
Adobe houses are good homes to build in a warm, dry climate where adobe can be easily mixed and dried. These are homes for farming people who have no need to move their village to a new location. In fact, some Pueblo people have been living in the same adobe house complex, such as Sky City, for dozens of generations.

<– Click on this link for more information about log cabins.
<– Click on this link for more information about the climate in the Middle East.

Role-play a natural environment.
One student stands up in front of class and pretends they are a natural environment.
In groups, students must list what the geographic features are from the description the student gives or find out what they are representing.
Discuss. Share the results of the discussions on the whiteboard.
What was the biggest number of characteristics that you were able to find for a given environment?
Write the characteristics of each environment into your notes.

Holiday HW (Assessment Task - due first Wed of term: 6th Feb 2013).
Download the Distance Education Centre Introduction Unit on Natural Systems (below)
Read the text and answer questions 1 and 2.
Submit on SIMON when you return to school for term 1.

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Geographic Characteristics
Discuss what Geographic characteristics are.
Write the outcome of this discussion in your notes.
Answer questions 1 and 3.