Asia Geography Worksheets for Australian Curriculum
In this package you will find every one of my Asia Geography worksheets. If I create new worksheets, I will add to this package, which you may update free of charge!
I designed this series of worksheets to be used as a general orientation to Asia for Middle School students.
I have been developing them to be an introduction to an integrated unit of Year 8 History (Shogunate Japan) and Year 8 Geography (Unit 2: Changing Nations).
Each of these worksheets has been designed for students to make connections between their own world (i.e. Australia) and that of Asia. Each involves access to Google Maps, Wikipedia or the CIA World Factbook, though I have used printouts when faced with technical emergencies (such as the frequent disruption of my school’s network!). Each involves visual tasks, written tasks and several numeracy tasks (such as plotting graphs and calculation speed).
Each worksheet is provided as a PDF for immediate use, but also with the original Word or Powerpoint file for easy adaptation.
The worksheets include:
Major Countries and Cities of Asia
This map involves identifying, colouring and labelling of the major countries of Asia. Students also research and complete basic demographic information such as population, currency and religions. Students also identify the top 10 cities of Asia, and compare their population to a city they are familiar with (the sheet suggests Sydney, though you can adapt this to suit your needs).
The tasks are aimed at developing an awareness of the location and size of countries the students may be aware of but may not know where they are: for this reason Afghanistan and Iraq are included. Similarly, I hope students will begin to get an awareness of just how populous Asia is.
Asia vs. Australia: Landscapes
The worksheet starts with a standard geography task of labelling and colouring the major geographic features of Asia.
However, the second sheet includes graphing tasks whereby students explore the differences between the ‘height’ of Asia in comparison with the exceptionally flat Australia.
After this worksheet I would move into a discussion about the different mountain forms, explaining why Australia and Asia are geographically so different.
Asia vs. Australia: What’s it like to live there?
This worksheet explores the differences in climate between Australia and Asia in terms of climate and population density. The latter is particularly important as a lead in to Year 8 Geography Unit 2 ‘Changing Nations’ which focuses on Urbanisation.
With this worksheet I hope students will be somewhat shocked to realise the density of the population in Australia.
Japan vs. Australia: Distances
Students do some research and make some basic calculations to compare the distances within Australia vs. distances within Japan.
An essential lead in to Year 8 History Shogunate Japan, this worksheet aims for students to realise the staggering difference in country size and population density of Australia and Japan. I will refer back to this task when I discuss the Tokaido Rd and the feudal system of Japan.
Australian Curriculum Links
Year 6 AC Geography:
The location of the major countries of the Asia region in relation to Australia and the geographical diversity within the region (ACHGK031)
Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics between countries across the world (ACHGK032)
Year 8 AC Geography: Unit 1 ‘Landforms and Landscapes’
The different types of landscapes and their distinctive landform features (ACHGK048)
The geomorphic processes that produce landforms, including a case study of at least one landform (ACHGK050)
Year 8 AC Geography: Unit 2 ‘Changing Nations’
The causes and consequences of urbanisation, drawing on a study from Indonesia, or another country of the Asia region (ACHGK054)
AC Geography Skills and Inquiry:
• Collect, select and record relevant geographical data and information, using ethical protocols, from appropriate primary and secondary sources (ACHGS056)
• … represent data in a range of appropriate forms, for example, climate graphs, compound column graphs, population pyramids, tables, field sketches and annotated diagrams, with and without the use of digital and spatial technologies (ACHGS057)
• Analyse geographical data and other information using qualitative and quantitative methods, and digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, to identify and propose explanations for spatial distributions, patterns and trends and infer relationships (ACHGS059)
• Apply geographical concepts to draw conclusions based on the analysis of the data and information collected (ACHGS060)
Year 8 AC History: Shogunate Japan Depth Study
Used as a general introduction to Asia.
Year 10 AC Geography: Unit 2: Geography of Human Wellbeing
Used as a general introduction to Asia.
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