Japan vs. Australia: Size and Distances

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Asia Geography Worksheets for Australian Curriculum

I designed this series of worksheets to be used as a general orientation to Asia for Middle School students.


(This worksheet is available in a package with multiple worksheets here: Duffy's Asia Australia Geography Worksheets Package)

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.

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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.

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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 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

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