Author(s): Chenelle Davies
Year 2 is part of the Australian Geography Series which consists of nine books in total. This book is written for students living in Australia who are studying Geography in Year 2. It is divided into three clear sections which align to the new Australian National Curriculum for Geography. The first section, Connecting With Places, explores students' connections with places both close and distant. Students will learn that connections can be formed not only with places where they have been, but also with places that they have heard of: on TV, in books or through other people. Places frequently visited in the local community, places of birth and places in other countries all feature in this section. The activities in this section also help students to understand the sizes of places and explore the meanings of place names. The second section in this book entitled Spaces: Near And Far, considers the concept that distance influences the places where we go and how often we visit those places. The activities presented in this section encourage students to see the connection between these two variables and discuss the reasons why people visit distant places less frequently than places which are nearby. The third and final section of the book, Investigating Your Environment, highlights to students that the environment is the source of every material object used in daily life. The topic of the weather is also investigated. Activities that introduce common vocabulary and allow students to record weather data from their local community and around the country are included. Students are also given the opportunity to recognise the importance of caring for and protecting significant places in Australia and beyond. All of the activity pages in this book are visually appealing to help Year 2 students process the concepts being taught. As students complete the activities they will also be learning and practising a range of geographical skills, including: sorting, classifying, mapping, labelling, matching, graphing and conducting simple surveys to collect data.