Quick summary: Students will create and label a map of the state of Tasmania. They will conduct online research to find out about and mark key natural features on the map. Students will observe the distribution of natural features, including water resources, and discuss the ways in which they connect places and people.
Activity developed in partnership with
Hydro Tasmania has been at the forefront of clean energy innovation for one hundred years. It is Australia’s largest producer of clean energy – generating hydro and wind power – and the largest water manager. Hydro Tasmania has 55 major dams, operates 30 hydropower stations and has built some of Australia’s largest wind farms.
Hydro Tasmania also sells energy in the National Electricity Market through its retail business Momentum Energy, and sells its expertise internationally through its consulting business Entura. Visit the Hydro Tasmania website to learn how the business is working towards Australia’s clean energy future.
- Students learn to work with maps, consulting existing maps to draw and adapt their own.
- Students identify the distribution of natural features, including water reserves, in Tasmania.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 Science
- Water is an important resource that cycles through the environment (ACSSU222)
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
Year 7 Geography
- The classification of environmental resources and the forms that water takes as a resource (ACHGK037)
- The ways that flows of water connect places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places (ACHGK038)
Year 8 Science
- Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management (ACSHE136)
Year 8 Geography
- The different types of landscapes and their distinctive landform features (ACHGK048)
- Apply geographical concepts to draw conclusions based on the analysis of the data and information collected (ACHGS060)
Syllabus Outcomes: GE4-1, GE4-2, GE4-3, GE4-4, GE4-5, GE4-7, GE4-8.
Topic: Hydro Tasmania, Energy.
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and facilitate discussion.
Resources required: Lead and coloured pencils, erasers, thin to medium black pens or markers, one sheet of A3 paper for each student, access to online map resources or atlases to be shared among students, Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities and internet searching.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework and extension.
Keywords: Tasmania, rivers, mapping.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.