Geography Year 10: Environmental Change and Forest Management
YEAR 10 EDUCATORS TOOLKIT - GEOGRAPHY
Download the various components of the toolkit for your year 10 Geography classroom including:
Forests are of enormous importance to all species on earth. They provide shelter, food, and other resources. They help to clean our water and protect our soils. They are the guardians of the climate and are economically important. They provide us with inspiration and enjoyment. We need forests.
ForestLearning has developed this unit in conjunction with the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria (GTAV) to assist geography teachers to explore Australian forests using innovative spatial and virtual reality technologies including ForestVRTM (forestlearning.edu.au/forestvr).
Although not intended as a replacement for actual onground fieldwork, ForestVR virtual excursions can offer unique and exciting immersive learning experiences for students and can be a particularly powerful online learning tool to “...enhance a learner’s knowledge of spatial concepts” (Southgate, 2020).
ForestLearning’s ForestVR Toolkit for Schools provides 3600 video experiences and 3600 photo tours of some of the major productive forest types of Australia. It also explores timber manufacturing processes as well as the final uses of renewable forest products in buildings, flooring and everyday items like paper and cardboard. The accessibility of 3600 cameras and 3600 images opens many new opportunities in this field, particularly for investigating forest environments and management.
Lesson 1 INVESTIGATION OF THE LOCATION, CLASSIFICATION AND MANAGEMENT OF FORESTS IN AUSTRALIA ACTIVITIES: 1 Is it a Forest? Gameshow 2 Forests of Australia 3 Digital Maps
Lesson 2 AUSTRALIA’S TIMBER PLANTATIONS ACTIVITIES: 1 Australian Plantations at a glance 2 Softwood pine plantations 3 Statements about forestry and their implications for sustainability 4 Forest plantation location and management
Lesson 3 USING DATA AND TECHNOLOGY TO MANAGE FORESTS ACTIVITIES: 1 Using Geographical Information Systems in sustainable forestry 2 Recent innovations for forestry inventory and data capture 3 Data interpretation
Lesson 5 HOW DOES AUSTRALIA’S FORESTRY PRACTICE COMPARE WITH BRAZIL? ACTIVITIES: 1 Starter activity - Using Venn diagrams for analysis 2 Main activity - Analysing the social, environmental, and economic impacts of various forest management practices 3 Summary activity - Sustainable forest practices reflection
The human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ approaches to custodial responsibility and environmental management in different regions of Australia.
The application of systems thinking to understanding the causes and likely consequences of the environmental change being investigated
The application of geographical concepts and methods to the management of the environmental change being investigated
The application of environmental economic and social criteria in evaluating management responses to the change
Represent the spatial distribution of different types of geographical phenomena by constructing appropriate maps at different scales that conform to cartographic conventions, using spatial technologies as appropriate.
Interpret and analyse multi-variable data and other geographical information using qualitative and quantitative methods, and digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, to make generalisations and inferences, propose explanations for patterns, trends, relationships and anomalies, and predict outcomes
Apply geographical concepts to synthesise information from various sources and draw conclusions based on the analysis of data and information, taking into account alternative points of view
Reflect on and evaluate findings of an inquiry to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic, political and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of their proposal