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If you teach about the geography of Australia and would like your students to become familiar with the names of the Australian states and territories as well as practice their latitude and longitude skills then this Australia bundle might be just what you are looking for.
Included in this set are three different choices of flash cards for your students.
Option 1 - Print the set of Australia political maps that have an individual state/territory shaded in with red colored pencil and the name of the state/territory on the back. This option is 4 pages that would be printed back to back and students can cut them out and use them right away. I prefer to print on cardstock so the name isn't visible through the paper.
Option 2 - Print the political maps of Australia that have an individual state/territory name on the back but don't have any of the state/territories shaded in. This is also 4 pages that would also be printed back to back. Again the preference is to print on cardstock, and your students would use an atlas to locate where the states/territories are and shade them in on their own.
Option 3 - Print the blank political maps of Africa that don't have names on the back. These maps are on 2 pages and do not get printed back to back since students would have to shade the states/territories on their own as well as write the name of the state/territory on the back.
I've found that many students enjoy practicing flash cards like this over the plethora of online identification games. The reason being is that students can make two piles as they practice identifying the states/territories. One stack is of the ones they correctly identified as they go through them and the other stack is the ones they still need more practice with.
The 8 states/territories of Australia are in accordance with those listed on the 2014 CIA World Factbook
The puzzle is a set of 50 coordinates that will eventually form the shape of Australia. This is a great task for students learning latitude and longitude or as a practice for those who already know latitude and longitude. I have used this formative assessment with students for years and have found that when they know that the coordinates will eventually make a shape it helps them to see if they are using the right directions. Students will plot the coordinates one at a time, label them in numerical order, and finally connect the dots to hopefully see the outline of Australia. It has worked great for my students so I hope yours find the same success. Enjoy!
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