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Australian Curriculum Geography – Environment affecting people and places – Year 5 ebook

This is a 22-page ebook from the Australian Curriculum Geography series that covers:

  • The influence of the environment on the human characteristics of a place (ACHGK028) 


  • Investigating the challenges presented by the environmental factors of climate, location and terrain, natural vegetation and native fauna and the technologies developed in places to address them.
  • Investigating ways in which environment influences buildings with a particular focus on students’ homes; how its unique environment affected the human characteristics of the city of Venice, Italy.
  • Their environment influences investigating how the way people live, including the clothing they wear, the food they eat and their economic and leisure activities.
  • Investigating the effect environment, including its pests, have on mining and farming workplaces.

Key inquiry questions

  • How do people influence the human characteristics of places and the management of places within them?
  • How do people and environments influence one another?
  • How do people influence the human characteristics of places and the management of spaces within them?
  • How can the impact of bushfires or floods on people and placed be reduced?

Geographical Inquiry and skills

  • Develop geographical questions to investigate and plan an inquiry (ACHGS033) 
  • Collect and record relevant geographical data and information, using ethical protocols, from primary and secondary sources, for example, people, maps, plans, photographs, satellite images, statistical sources and reports (ACHGS034) 
  • Evaluate sources of their usefulness and represent data in different forms, for example, maps, plans, graphs, tables, sketches and diagrams (ACHGS035) 
  • Represent the location and features of places and different types of geographical information by constructing large-scale and small-scale maps that conform to cartographic conventions, including border, sources, scale, legend, title and north point, using spatial technologies as appropriate (ACHGS036) 
  • Interpret geographic date other information, using digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, and identify spatial distributions, patterns and trends, and infer relationships to draw conclusions (ACHGS037) 
  • Present findings and ideas in a range of communication forms, for example, written, oral, graphic, tabular, visual and maps; using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS038) 
  • Reflect on their learning to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge and describe the expected effects of their proposal on different groups of people (ACHGS039) 

 Geographical concepts

  • place
  • space
  • environment
  • interconnection
  • change
  • scale
  • sustainability

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