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Unit

Covering the geographical, historical, economic,


Plan
and government of the country of Australian
Topic
Grade 4th
Level
Big Idea Other countries have different ways they came about becoming
a country, (independent or under another countries rule), their
commerce, and physical location.

GeographyStandards:

Standar
ds that
may
apply

7.1.4.A.
Describehowcommongeographictoolsareusedtoorganizeandinterpretinformationabout
people,places,andenvironment.
7.1.4.B.
Describeandlocateplacesandregionsasdefinedbyphysicalandhumanfeatures.
7.2.4.B.
Identifythebasicphysicalprocessesthataffectthephysicalcharacteristicsofplacesandregions.
7.3.4.A.
Identifythehumancharacteristicsofplacesandregionsusingthefollowingcriteria:
Population
Culture
Settlement
Economicactivities
Politicalactivities
7.4.4.A.
Identifytheeffectofthephysicalsystemsonpeoplewithinacommunity.
HistoryStandards:
8.1.4.B.
Distinguishbetweenfactandopinionfrommultiplepointsofview,andprimarysourcesas
relatedtohistoricalevents.
8.4.4.A.
Differentiatecommoncharacteristicsofthesocial,political,cultural,andeconomicgroupsin
worldhistory
8.4.4.D.
Distinguishbetweenconflictandcooperationamonggroupsandorganizationthatimpacted
developmentofthehistoryoftheworld.
Economics:

6.1.4.A.
Identifyscarcityofresourcesinalocalcommunity.
6.2.4.B.
Determinehowsellerscompetewithoneanother.
6.4.4.B.
Explainwhynationstrade.
Civics&Government:
5.2.4.C.
Describetherolesofleadershipandpublicserviceinschool,community,state,andnation.
5.3.4.A.
Identifytherolesofthethreebranchesofgovernment.

Potentia
l
Concept
s to
cover in
this Unit
(LIST)

GeographyStandards:
7.1.4.A.- learn about maps and terms that go along with maps such as latitude
and longitude and the environment of different places; interpretation- how the
students think their style of living would be based on their economy (the
things they sell possibly based on the land)
7.1.4.B.- using latitude and longitude they will have to find a place with given
points and describe the lifestyle of that region (ex. points are in the ocean off
the coast of AU tourism or fishing)
7.2.4.B.- both human processes and mother natures processes that effect the
land in both good and bad ways
7.3.4.A.- Discuss the following: population, culture, settlement, economic
activities, and political activities. Learn how all these are interconnected and
how people effect all of them
7.4.4.A.- because of the climatic zones in Australia, much of the land is
uninhabited (outback) (2.8 inhabitants per square kilometre, is among the
lowest in the world); varying rainfall from year to year
HistoryStandards:
8.1.4.B.takealookatprimarysourcesandotherhistoricaldocumentstodifferentiatebetween
fact,truth,andopinion.
8.4.4.A.compareandcontrastsocial,political,cultural,andeconomicgroupsofAUandUKand
AUandUSA(Venndiagram)
8.4.4.D.- learn about how the land, later to be called Australia, was a penal
colony; some convictions were minimal or none existent, England just needed
to get rid of the rising population

Economics:
6.1.4.A.learnaboutwhatAustraliansneedtoconserve;comparethestatesresourcestheyhaveto
conserve(whicharedifferent)
6.2.4.B.supplyanddemandexample;pricereductionandrising
6.4.4.B.- utilizing the resources they have; using what they can cultivate for
low-cost and then making a profit by trading it
Civics & Government
5.2.4.C.linkthesimilaritiesanddifferencesamongschool,community,stateandnation
leadership(practiceVenndiagram)
5.3.4.A.teachhowAmericahasthreebranchesofgovernment;thenlinkittoAUandhowthey
havethesamebranches,andhownumerousothercountriesadoptedourwaysaswell,butthey
haveafigurehead,theQueenofEngland