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Activity Teacher Notes 1.3

1.3 What community benefits do parks provide?


Levels: UP, S
Focus curriculum areas: Society and history
Supporting curriculum area: Health and well-being
Key concepts: Land use, social responsibility, community

children in front of whiteboardmother with children at park swingmother with young daughter in park

Understanding goals

Students identify different types of land use in Tasmania and their potential community benefits and impacts.

Students clarify their own ideas and values about parks and public land. Students compare and contrast these with other people’s ideas, and examine preferred futures.

Activities

1. Discuss and list the major uses of land in Tasmania. Group the like ones together (private land,farms for cropping, grazing, national parks, forestry, tourist enterprises, towns and buildings). See Background Notes 1b - Why have parks? and Background Notes 1c - Tasmania's protected areas.

  1. Who or what benefits from each type of land use? Can you think of some impacts of these uses? Do you think they are sustainable?
  2. In pairs choose two different types of land use. Consider how important you think they are to the community.

2. Name the council parks and national parks that you have visited in Tasmania. Fill out the worksheet in this PDF [65 KB] or use the table below:

Name of park Where park is What you like/dislike about it
     
     
     
     

3. List the pros and cons of having council and national parks. Put a star beside the reasons that are most important to you.

4. Speculate what Tasmania would look like now - if we had no council parks, national parks or reserves.

5. How would it affect your community? How would it affect parents of young children, people walking their dogs and retired people?

6. Have a class debate - "We should have to pay to visit our local council park."

7. In groups, create a 3-minute role-play with a reporter interviewing some people in a park. Act your play for the class.

8. Visit your local park. Discover and list its benefits to your community.

9. In what ways might you or your class be able to help to improve your local park? Write a letter with your suggestions to your local council or park manager.

Going Further

1.4 What do you think about national parks?