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Activity Teacher Notes 2.1

2.1 Know your Island

Levels: LP, P, S
Focus curriculum areas: Society and history
Supporting curriculum area: Mathematics/numeracy
Key concepts: Geography of Tasmania, geology, natural and cultural, values, weather.

Map of Tasmania

Understanding goals

Students become more familiar with the geography of Tasmania and the locations of our national parks. Students research Tasmanian rainfall and identify contacts for weather safety information. Students design innovative ways to measure and record the weather.

You will need

Road map of Tasmania or an atlas (photocopy a page or print the Road map including national parks [PDF 3.7MB] so it can be marked). Coloured pencils or pens.

Pre-activity discussion

List all the Tasmanian national parks you have heard of or visited.

On a large map of Tasmania, cut out and place the park names shown on this PDF [24KB] using blu-tack.

Which national parks did the class note most often? List the five best-known Tasmanian parks on the board.



Getting to know Tasmania

1. a) Can you find Tasmania's national parks using our online interactive Tasmanian parks map or the Tasmanian parks map PDF? [204 KB]. Use an atlas or road map to help you. Answers are avaliable here. [PDF 508KB]

b) Research the reasons why they are popular with local, interstate and overseas visitors.

2. Which national park is the largest?

3a) What does world heritage mean?

b) Name three world heritage sites around the world.

c) What is so special about the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area?

4. Look at Tasmania's coastline on your map. Identify one national park that is famous for its beaches. Research a marine reserve.

5. Using an atlas, look at Tasmania's rainfall. What areas receive the most rainfall? Where are the driest areas.

6. a) Research the Tasmanian contacts for weather forecast and safety information that is important for skiing, walking, surfing, boating and fishing.

b) Identify and list three reasons why is it important to know the weather forecast.

c) Investigate ways to test the accuracy of weather forecasts.

d) What are the implications of weather being difficult to predict?

Working out the weather

7. a) Design innovative ways to measure and record the weather at your school. Try to include rainfall, hours of sunshine and wind.

b) In groups try predicting the weather for one day, two days and a week in advance. Record your predictions and see how accurate you are able to be. (Don't watch the weather report!)

c) Follow and record the weather reports for a week. Watch the weather report on television, or read it in the paper. How much variation is there in temperature and rainfall across Tasmania?

Mt William NP

d) What are some of the implications of the weather being difficult to predict?

Using an atlas

8. a) Which national park has Tasmania's highest mountain? Locate and mark it on your map. Which other national parks are famous for their mountains? Mark on your map two other mountains. Research and identify the dominant rock types of these mountains.

b) Collect some local rocks. (First find out where you are allowed to collect from. Your back garden might be a good start!) Observe the rocks closely and identify whether there is evidence to suggest they are sedimentary, igneous or metamorphic.

c) What do these rocks tell us about the landscape?

9. Where do people go skiing in Tasmania? Mark the places with a symbol – design your own symbol.

10. Mark four major towns on your map.

11. Look closely at your atlas. Do any of Tasmania's big rivers begin in national parks?

12. What lakes are famous for fishing?

13. Can you name a waterfall found in a park? Mark it on your map using a symbol.

14. Can you name and mark two famous bushwalking tracks?

15. On a piece of board construct a 3-dimensional model or map of Tasmania using edible materials. Mark the mountain ranges, Hobart and Launceston. (Thanks to Mr Harrison of Goulbourne St Primary School)

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Going further

See 2.3 Tasmania's special places crossword


Parks Web Site -Visitor's Guide to Tasmania's National Parks

Buckman, G. (1996). A visitors guide to Tasmania's national parks. A comprehensive guidebook that includes tourist background and walks information.