Australian Geographic Understandings:
SS6G12a: Locate on a world and regional political-physical map: the Great
Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, Ayers Rock, and Great Victoria Desert.
by
Meghan Lowe King
Henry County School System
Additional Ideas and Explanation of Slides…
• Generalization: team up with a general education 6th grade teacher, and
allow students to attend a class with their nondisabled peers and work
with a partner to identify the specified features of Australia on a globe
and political-physical map (take a series of photos to document
generalization of this skill).
• Further Adaptations: Place stickers or putty on a globe to help student
focus on the correct region (color-coding can help—different colored
stickers/putty and different color-coded labels).
• Slides 4—14 can be used as an introductory booklet for students.
• Slides 15—24 can be used to address the standard/element as written.
• Slides 16—18 have picture cues for students to match correct answers
to when identifying where specific features on a map belong.
• Slides 19—21 do not have picture cues for students to match to, but do
have picture cues on labels to be used as a hint.
• Slides 25—27 give students the opportunity to label the map with
additional information about the features of Australia – the animals/sea
life that live on Australia’s land and in its water.
• Slide 28 is a blank map of Australia to be used for any additional
activities you may have.
Coral Sea
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Australia's Coral Sea is one of the world's last remaining pristine tropical marine
environments.
Covering approximately 1 million square kilometers - three times the size of the
neighboring Great Barrier Reef (and four times the size of Great Britain!) - the
Coral Sea comprises a series of spectacular coral reefs, formed by underwater
mountains, rising thousands of meters from the sea floor.
The Coral Sea is a rare example of a marine environment that is thriving. Bountiful
fish populations including grey and white tip reef sharks, hammerheads, manta
rays, tuna, barracuda, turtles, whales and rare sea creatures such as the nautilus
inhabit the waters, alongside an incredibly diverse range of corals.
The Great Barrier Reef
• This spectacular coral reef, about 1,250 miles (2,000 km) in length contains
the world's largest deposit of coral. It's not one continuous reef, but rather
an irregular jigsaw puzzle of over 2,800 individual coral reefs and assorted
coral cays.
Famed worldwide for its beauty and wildlife (over 1,500 species of fish
alone), it became Australia's first World Heritage Area in 1981.
The Great
Barrier Reef &
Coral Sea
provide a home
for millions of
fish and other
sea life!
Ayers Rock
• AYERS ROCK (Uluru)
Considered the largest solitary rock on the planet, its
red sandstone surface smoothed by high winds over
time is revered as a holy place and called Uluru by
the aboriginal peoples It's 1,143 ft. (348 m) high.
Great Victoria Desert
• Famous for its red sand dunes, indigenous wildlife and isolation, the
Victoria Desert (250,000 sq. miles in size) extends for about 450 miles (750
km), and is mainly a barren area of red sand hills and ridges, dry salt lakes,
with very little grassland.
The deserts of Australia have very
interesting wildlife!
Name ____________________________________________Date ________________________
Directions: Color land masses green, and water blue. Identify the continent of Australia
(Oceania) by circling it.
Name ____________________________________________Date ________________________
Directions: Identify the continent of Australia (Oceania) by circling it.
Name ___________________________________________________Date ________________________
Cut the labels on the right and glue on the appropriate place on the map of Australia.
with picture
Name ___________________________________________________Date ________________________
Cut the labels on the right and glue on the appropriate place on the map of Australia.
SS6G12a
with picture
Name ___________________________________________________Date ________________________
Cut the labels on the right and glue on the appropriate place on the map of Australia.
Name ___________________________________________________Date ________________________
Cut the labels on the right and glue on the appropriate place on the map of Australia.
NO picture prompts
Name ___________________________________________________Date ________________________
Cut the labels on the right and glue on the appropriate place on the map of Australia.
NO picture prompts
Name ___________________________________________________Date ________________________
Cut the labels on the right and glue on the appropriate place on the map of Australia.
NO picture prompts
Name ___________________________________________________Date ________________________
Cut the labels on the right and glue on the appropriate place on the map of Australia.
Great Barrier
Reef
Coral Sea
Ayers Rock
Great Victoria
Desert
NO picture prompts
SS6G12a
Name ___________________________________________________Date ________________________
Cut the labels on the right and glue on the appropriate place on the map of Australia.
Great Barrier
Reef
Coral Sea
Ayers Rock
Great Victoria
Desert
NO picture prompts
SS6G12a
Name ___________________________________________________Date ________________________
Cut the labels on the right and glue on the appropriate place on the map of Australia.
Great Barrier
Reef
Coral Sea
Ayers Rock
Great Victoria
Desert
NO picture prompts
SS6G12a
Name _____________________________________________ Date ___________________________
Cut the images on the right out and glue the animals in the appropriate place on the Australian map: on land or in the ocean.
Great Barrier Reef
Coral Sea
Ayer’s Rock
Great Victorian Desert
Name _____________________________________________ Date ___________________________
Cut the images on the right out and glue the animals in the appropriate place on the Australian map: on land or in the ocean.
Great Barrier Reef
Coral Sea
Ayer’s Rock
Great Victorian Desert
Name ______________________________________________ Date ___________________________
Color the land green and the water blue in the map below. Then, cut the images on the right out
and glue the animals in the appropriate place on the Australian map: on land or in the water.
Great Barrier Reef
Coral Sea
Ayer’s Rock
Great Victorian Desert
Helpful links…
• http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/oceania/aussnewld.htm
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Australian Geographic Understandings revised