Oceania is the fifth unit in the People & Planet Geography course. In this unit you will learn about how fragile certain parts of our planet are and how people are abusing the resources we should be caring for as we use them. Then you will learn about the physical features and the people of Oceania.
This unit is a guide for the mentor, not a textbook for the student.
This unit includes sections on:
- Fragile Planet
- Oceania Landscapes
- People of Oceania
Some of the activities in this unit include:
- A map of biodiversity hotspots
- A coloring page and discussion about nuclear testing on Bikini Atoll
- A sea creature art project about bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef
- A pebble map of Oceania to craft
- A gelatin and cookie project about types of islands
- A story about the Polynesian Tohunga wise men along with a southern constellations activity
- A map of the nations of Oceania color coded by region
- A chance to binge watch and record observations about Oceania’s many dances in a foldable for your World Explorer Journal
- So much more!
This is a double page spread from inside the Oceania unit:
The center section of the pages contains hands on activities, discussions, and printables written up as complete lesson plans. You choose from among these as you plan your geography days. The sidebars contain extra information, rabbit trails, famous people, books to hand your kids, and writing ideas. Use these during a morning meeting, while kids are working, or as a spring board to plan your own lesson.
Along with the hands-on lessons, you will be reading books together as a family or each child individually, depending on your preference. The books should mostly be sources from your library so you don’t need to spend extra money on supplemental resources.
Each Layers of Learning Geography unit includes library lists of books, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess student’s progress and mastery. Learn more about how Layers of Learning works.
This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.
Oceania is also part of the overall People & Planet, the first Year of the four-year Layers of Learning Geography cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you though the geography of the world from continents and the physical planet in Year One, to mapping skills in Year Two, then to cultures in Year Three, and finally, to government and society in Year Four. Every year is also a tour of the whole planet, making stops on every continent. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.
This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.
You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning.
This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the People & Planet Resources page.