HSIE in Lockdown
What has Geography been up to?
Students have in Term 3 been learning about a topic called Water in the World by looking at issues about the location, distribution, and access to water supplies.
In the beginning of the term students located water in different states at home on a water scavenger hunt. Mr Proctor maybe regrets asking to see images of dirty water.
Students learned about a range of skills, mostly related to water, and water issues such as: climate graphs, synoptic charts, isoline maps and how to read choropleth maps. Its more exciting than it sounds.
Towards the end of the term, students learned about water scarcity and issues that this can produce including disease. While learning about a disease called Trachoma, which causes infections in eyes, students demonstrated safe methods of avoiding Trachoma by washing their faces daily.
Students investigated Biomes and how they are used as a source of food and fibre materials. Year 9 went on a journey to look at natural landscapes, how they are altered by humans to produce food and fibre, and the issues of food security in the world today.
Map interpretation, which is a core skill in Geography, so Year 9 have been using websites to explore the challenges of food production and the variations in food security.
HSIE started using some more diverse online learning tools to engage students and asked for feedback from their students. Here is what one student said about an interactive activity on population pyramids:
“This is fun, you should use it more 👍 “
Students have been looking at environmental management this term by investigating different methods of viewing and protecting the environment and its resources. Coastal areas were the common case study, but other environments and species were also investigated such as Koala management and protection around Brisbane, forests in Germany, and the Royal National Park.
When spending too much time on theory gets a bit old, we tried to play some games. Kahoots were popular, and Mr Proctor’s class tried map symbol bingo at one point (which was OK), but everyone enjoyed finding the Koalas in this image. How many can you see?
Students also had a local focus with Cronulla Coastal areas informing a lot of the mapping skills and theory initially as many students have a strong connection to the landscape. They looked at current management strategies and were able to discuss their effectiveness in maintaining the beach zone. Students also investigated Indigenous management strategies such as middens, totems, and cultural burning.
Students also had a go at pronouncing some Dharawal names for local species and did a really good job.
Year 9 History have just finished their Industrial Revolution topic where they looked at the transformation of society to the industrialised world we know today.
Mrs Morton’s class put their hands to designing towns and cities in an attempt to keep up with the rapid changes which occurred during the 1700s. Starting with a field (blank piece of paper) some trees and 10 houses, the students then needed to expand their villages based on the inventions and social developments which occurred in very quick succession during this period.
As you can see from the images- this rapid social change resulted in towns and cities that often had quite chaotic (but very well drawn) layouts.
This activity gives students a great visual explanation as to why and how British and European cities have developed in the ways they have.