Wet and Dry Environments


Theme: HSIE Unit for Year 1-2: Wet and Dry Environments - Natural environments, geography, wetlands, deserts, changing environments, water use, water conservation.

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Sites

Biomes Of The World
http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/
Information about six biomes including rainforests, deserts, tundra and grasslands.

Blue Planet Biomes
http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/
Discover facts about our planet, its complex patterns of biomes, plants, and animals, and how climates ultimately determine the biomes of our Earth.

Enchanted Learning: Biomes
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/
Read simple descriptions of different habitats around the world.

Geoscience Australia
http://www.ga.gov.au/education/facts/
Fabulous facts about Australian landforms.

Zoom School: Deserts
http://www.zoomschool.com/biomes/desert/desert.shtml
Simple description of desert environments and links to information about Australian Desert animals and deserts around the world.

Naturally Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/schoolstv/natural.htm
This site provides a short summary of eight significant Australian geographical features.

Australian Climate
http://earthsci.org/weather/austwea/autwea.htm
Map of climate zones of Australia and brief explanation of rainfall patterns.

ABC: Our Animals
http://www.abc.net.au/schoolstv/animals/default.htm
Looks at Australian animals, their physical features, food, homes and environment and social groups.

Unique Australian Animals
http://home.mira.net/~areadman/aussie.htm
Database of Australian Animals.

Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
http://www.wettropics.gov.au/
Information on rainforest plants and animals and Aboriginal rainforest heritage.

Life on Australian Seashores: Understanding Tidal Zones http://www.mesa.edu.au/friends/seashores/tide_levels.html
General information on tidal zones and sea life that inhabit them.

Washed Away
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngkids/9806/flood/index.html
Learn about a flood and hear the story of one of its survivors, 15 year-old Victor Heiser.

Tornado Images
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/eye/tornadoes/phen_01.html
Amazing images of terrible tornadoes.

Killer Wave: Tsunami
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngkids/9610/kwave/index.html
Information about Tsunamis and simulation showing how they form.

Roebourne: Bush Tucker and Medicine
http://www.roebourne.wa.edu.au/culture/bush.htm
Bush foods information from students of Roebourne School Western Australia.

Aboriginal Bush Food
http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/information_about_plants/botanical_info/aboriginal_bush_foods
Information on Bush foods of three New South Wales tribes.

Human Impact
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/eye/impact.html
Learn about the effects of floods and dams, pollution, deforestation and overpopulation.

The Rotten Truth: Garbage
http://www.astc.org/exhibitions/rotten/rthome.htm
Site explains what garbage is in a simple way.

Environmental Alphabet
http://www.epa.gov/superfund/kids/alphabet/a.htm
Click on each letter of the alphabet to view a word that is related to caring for the environment.

Lessons

Following Oral Directions Lesson
http://www.oswego.org/testprep/ela4/i/folloraldirl.cfm
Following directions is very important. It helps you get the information you need to understand something and to learn important things.

Cooperation Blocks
http://www.col-ed.org/cur/lang/lang64.txt
Students work in pairs giving each other instructions on moving a set of blocks.

Geography Skills In Your Town
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/18/gk2/geoskills.html
In this lesson, students will focus on the five themes of geography by creating books, Web sites, or multimedia presentations showcasing the unique features of their town.

Everything Comes From Something
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/16/gk2/everything.html
In this lesson students will learn about renewable and nonrenewable resources and trace resources\' points of origin by constructing and analyzing a product map.

Water, Water, Everywhere
http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.cfm?lesson=EM166&page=teacher
In this lesson, students will identify water and land as examples of natural resources.

Adapting To The Land
http://www.eduplace.com/ss/act/adpland.html
Students will consider how the environment affects how people live, identify examples of human adaptation, and appreciate human-environment interaction.

What Would You Work Hard For?
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/16/gk2/work.html
This lesson has students go through a simulation to learn about value, abundance, and scarcity and asks them to consider the things that they would be willing to work very hard for.

We Change Our Environment
http://www.michigan.gov/scope/0,1607,7-155-13481_13482_13486-43260--,00.html
Students draw conclusions about different methods of adaptation that have occurred in their local area over time.

The Three Little Pigs in Earthquake Land http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/15/gk2/threepigs.html
This lesson teaches students some of the basics of earthquakes and volcanoes and helps them to think about how to prepare for them.

Treating Our Tropical Treasures with TLC http://www.rich.frb.org/pubs/econ/fall98/tlc.html
Students learn about the value of tropical rainforests and understand that rainforests are scarce resources.

No Magic Borders
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/01/gk2/nomagic.html
In this lesson, students will learn about how important it is to take care of our land and protect it from pollution.

Teacher Reference

Environment Australia Activities
http://www.deh.gov.au/education/activities/index.html
These activities and education kits will help you to learn about some of the biggest threats to our environment and what you can do to make a difference.

Australian Animal Printouts
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/coloring/Australia.shtml
Fact sheets about Australian animals.

Fire and The Australian Landscape
http://sres.anu.edu.au/associated/fire/ecol/firecol.htm
This site discusses the role of fire in shaping the Australian Landscape.

Wetland Education Resources
http://www.wetlandcare.com.au/education_archive.asp
Includes teacher resources and wetland images.
 
Thanks Charlie
www.PrimarySchool.com.au
 

Index

Wayne
Updated Nov. - Dec. 2004
Feb.  - May  2005