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Australian Curriculum Geography – Australian states and territories – Year 3 ebook

This is a 26-page ebook from the Australian Curriculum Geography series that covers:

Places are both similar and different

  • The representation of Australia as states and territories, and Australia’s major natural and human features (ACHGK014) 


  • Australia has six states and two territories which can be represented on a map. Each state and territory has a capital city.
  • Australia has regional centres in each state. These can be represented on maps.
  • Australia has many natural resources including deserts, rainforests, rivers and lakes, mountain ranges and mountains.
  • Australia has many important and unique natural features in different states and territories including rock formations and reefs.

Key inquiry questions

  • What are places like?
  • What makes a place special?
  • How can we look after the places we live in?

Geographical Inquiry and skills

  • Develop geographical questions and investigate (ACHGS019) 
  • Collect and record relevant geographical data and information, for example, by observing by interviewing, conducting surveys, measuring, or from sources such as map, photographs, satellite images, the media and the internet (ACHGS020) 
  • Represent data by constructing tables and graphs (ACHGS021) 
  • Represent the location of places and their features by constructing large-scale maps that conform to cartographic conventions including state, legend, title and north point, and describe their location using simple grid references, compass direction and distance (ACHGS022) 
  • Present findings in a range of communication forms, for example, written, oral, digital, graphic, tabular, and visual, and use geographical terminology (ACHGS024) 
  • Reflect on their learning to propose individual action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge and identify the expected effects of the proposal (ACHGS025) 

Geographical concepts

  • place
  • scale
  • interconnection
  • space
  • sustainability

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