Mapping the Mountains - ES1

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Bring your students to Mt Tomah to engage with nature and map the mountains! They will have a mud map to follow a trail and collect natural items they find on their journey. These natural items will then be collated into a pictograph. This engagement with natural materials and the surroundings will help them answer key inquiry questions about the environmental features of the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens.

Early Stage 1 Geography
2 hours
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
$13 per student. Minimum charges apply.

What happens?

  • A discovery walk to investigate the features of the environment
  • Handle plants and use the senses to gain information about an environment.
  • Use natural material collected on the discovery walk to make a pictograph
  • Collect natural materials to make a large, simple map of the discovery walk route and use mapping language to recount their journey to their friends.
  • Gain an understanding of how this place is important to people from the local Durug Aboriginal people to present visitors and workers here.

Students will... 

  • Use geographical concepts about place, space and the environment
  • Represent data using graphs and draw conclusions about this.
  • Communicate geographical information in their natural material maps
  • Use geographical tools such as maps, photographs and illustrations
  • Participate in fieldwork.
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