Teacher guide Mapping our waterway

TLF ID M012494

This is a 29-page PDF unit of work for year 7 that comprises a two-part teaching and learning sequence on waterways. 'Assessing the health of the waterway' involves students collecting data to assess the water quality of a local waterway, while 'Creating a map of the waterway' involves them using Google maps to display data on the health of the waterway. There is also an optional activity in which students create a Google Earth tour of the waterway. Teacher information includes an explanation of the resource's relevance to the Australian curriculum, a lesson overview, learning objectives, equipment and preparation requirements and resource templates.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a useful resource for the year 7 science curriculum. It includes activities that are relevant to the content description in the Earth and space sciences sub-strand of the Science Understanding strand that refers to water as an important resource that cycles through the environment. Creating a map of the waterway is relevant to the content description in the Planning and conducting sub-strand of the Science Inquiry Skills strand that refers to conducting types of investigations such as fieldwork.
  • The resource is useful for the year 7 geography unit Water in the world. By creating a Google map of the waterway, students develop understandings that are relevant to the content description referring to the way water connects places as it moves through the environment. Creating a map of the waterway also relates to the content description on recording and representing data in a range of forms.
  • The resource can contribute to students attaining the achievement standards in year 7 science and geography. Collecting waterway data and creating a Google map help students to analyse how sustainable use of resources depends on the way they are formed and cycle through Earth systems; describe the interconnections between places, people and environments; use experimental methods that are fair, accurate and safe; and use graphic representations to present data.
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  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: The State of Queensland
  • Organization: The State of Queensland
  • Publisher
  • Name: Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply
  • Organization: Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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  • This resource has been supplied courtesy of the Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply © The State of Queensland. The State of Queensland has no objection to this material being reproduced, made available online or electronically provided it is for your personal, non-commercial use, or use within your organisation; this material remains unaltered; and the State of Queensland is recognised as the owner. Key image: Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/deed.en