Year 2: People Are Connected To Places 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 Australian National Curriculum.
The first section, Place Names, will help students begin to understand that the names of places and features of places have meanings. Students will be given the opportunity to examine the significance of indigenous names and begin to understand that different places are different sizes and can thus be described in terms of scale. Students will also be asked to label major geographical divisions on a globe.
The second section Connecting To 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 special relationship that Indigenous Australians have with the land, sea and animals of their place.
The final 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.
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.