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Geography Alive 8 for the Australian Curriculum & eBookPLUS - Judy Mraz

Geography Alive 8 for the Australian Curriculum & eBookPLUS


Published: 29th July 2013
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Geography Alive 8 for the Australian Curriculum is clearly structured around the Geographical Knowledge and Understanding and around the specific Geographical Inquiry and Skills strands, as outlined in the Australian Curriculum.

Geography Alive 8 for the Australian Curriculum provides the best of both worlds. Whilst the print version of the textbook provides a solid and tangible starting point, it has been re-engineered with links that will launch students into the rich array of online digital resources which stimulate and extend their learning beyond the confines of the pages. This makes it a very flexible resource for both students and teachers to use.

Key Features

• Interactivities, weblinks and elessons are now integrated in each spread rather  than at the end of the chapter.
• Completely new topics and content from a range of regions and scales around the world to address the requirements of the Australian Curriculum: Geography.
• Based on the Geographical Inquiry approach of the Australian Curriculum.
• Up-to-date case studies are vital for Geography students so selected case studies are exclusively online, enabling information and statistics to be updated as required.
• The most comprehensive resource for implementing Australian Curriculum: Geography textbook, eBookPLUS and SkillBuilder and together with links to supporting case studies in the Jacaranda Atlas 8E.
• Activities are clearly structured around the General Capabilities and the seven concepts outlined in the Australian Curriculum.
• Activities provide an opportunity for students to apply their understanding of the concepts to the content.
• Each of the two units to be covered in each year level now has a customised Geographical Inquiry or Fieldwork module based on the popular ProjectsPLUS structure. These are designed to further develop students’ Inquiry skills

Each chapter opener:
• introduces the chapter and relates the content to students’ lives
• Has a link to an introductory video to stimulate student interest at the start of the topic
• Includes starter questions to help students think about their existing knowledge and viewpoints.

Geography SkillBuilder

• Introducing a completely new learning reference/resource — Jacaranda Geography SkillBuilder, which comes free with Geography Alive. SkillBuilders which were in the textbook have been significantly enhanced and brought to life as an interactive online resource, available in eBookPLUS.

• Two skills are described in each chapter. Each skill is explained in a step by step ‘recipe’ and is supported by an eLesson practically demonstrates the steps involved in undertaking that skill.  These “how to” eLessons help  visual learners see what to do and provide a model of what the finish product looks like

• Students then practise and apply that skill to the topic they are studying to deepen their understanding. Students can track their understanding of each skill as they gain instant feedback from questions. 

• Skills are developed in context of topics and address the Geographical Inquiry and Skills strand.


Geography Alive 8 for the Australian Curriculum eBookPLUS is an electronic version of the textbook and a complementary set of targeted digital resources.

The eBookPLUS features:
• a new video series to engage students  at the start of each new topic
• SkillBuilders to address the Geographical Inquiry and Skills strand
• updateable case studies
• interactivities (and games) to enhance students’ learning
• ProjectsPLUS - featuring Geographical Inquiries and Fieldwork modules
weblinks to relevant supporting material on the internet.

These flexible and engaging ICT activities are available online at the JacarandaPLUS website (www.jacplus.com.au).

How to use this resource viii
About eBookPLUS xii
Inside your Geography Alive eBookPLUS xiii
Acknowledgements xiv
Geographical concepts 2


Chapter 1 Introducing landforms and landscapes 10

1.1 How are landscapes different? 12

1.2 What landforms make up Australia? 14
SkillBuilder: Recognising land features

1.3 What landforms are found in the Pacific?

1.4 What processes shape landscapes? 18

1.5 What is hidden underground? 20

1.6 What’s beneath our feet? 22

1.7 How do different cultures view landscapes?
SkillBuilder: Using positional language

1.8 How are landscapes preserved and managed? 24



Chapter 2 Landscapes formed by water 26

2.1 Which landscapes are formed by water? 28

2.2 What is coastal erosion? 30

2.3 Which coastal landscape features are created by deposition? 32

2.4 How are coasts changed? 34

2.5 How are coasts managed? 36

2.6 How do I undertake coastal fieldwork? 38
SkillBuilder: Constructing a field sketch

2.7 What’s in a rip? 40

2.8 How does water form river landscapes? 42

2.9 How are river landscapes managed? 46

2.10 Which landscapes are formed by ice?
SkillBuilder: Reading contour lines on a map



Chapter 3 Desert landscapes 48

3.1 What is a desert? 50
SkillBuilder: Using latitude and longitude

3.2 What type of climate forms deserts? 52

3.3 What are the processes that shape desert landforms? 56

3.4 What are the characteristics of Australia’s deserts? 60
SkillBuilder: Calculating distance using scale

3.5 How did Lake Mungo become dry? 62

3.6 How do people use deserts?

3.7 Is Antarctica a desert? 64

3.8 How do people use Antarctica? 66



Chapter 4 Mountain landscapes 68

4.1 Where are the world’s mountains? 70

4.2 How do people use mountains? 72

4.3 What are the forces that form mountains? 76

4.4 How do different types of mountains form? 78

4.5 How do earthquakes and tsunamis occur? 82

4.6 What are the impacts of earthquakes and tsunamis?

4.7 How are volcanic mountains formed? 86

4.8 How did Mt Taranaki form? 88
SkillBuilder: Drawing simple cross-sections

4.9 What is the anatomy of a volcano? 90

4.10 How do volcanoes affect people?
SkillBuilder: Interpreting an aerial photo



Chapter 5 Rainforest landscapes 92

5.1 What are the characteristics of a rainforest? 94

5.2 What is a rainforest ecosystem like? 96
SkillBuilder: Creating and describing complex overlay maps

5.3 How have Australia’s rainforests changed? 98

5.4 How is the Amazon rainforest changing? 100
SkillBuilder: Drawing a precis map

5.5 How do indigenous people use rainforests?

5.6 Why are rainforests disappearing? 104

5.7 How does deforestation affect the environment and people? 106

5.8 How can rainforests be conserved? 110




ProjectsPLUS How does a waterway

change from source to sea? 114


Chapter 6 Urbanisation 118

6.1 Where do most Australians live? 120

6.2 Where have Australians lived in the past? 122

6.3 What is urbanisation? 124

6.4 Is Australia an urbanised country? 126
SkillBuilder: Understanding thematic map s

6.5 How urban are the USA and Australia? 128

6.6 How has international migration affected Australia?
SkillBuilder: Creating and reading pictograph s

6.7 What are the main causes and effects of Indonesia’s urban explosion?
SkillBuilder: Comparing population profiles

6.8 Why are people on the move in
Australia? 130

6.9 Why are people on the move in China? 132



Chapter 7 The rise and rise of urban settlements 134

7.1 Where are the world’s cities? 136
SkillBuilder: Describing photographs
SkillBuilder: Creating and reading compound bar graphs

7.2 Why do people move to urban areas? 138

7.3 How do urban areas affect people’s ways of life? 142
SkillBuilder: Constructing a basic sketch map

7.4 Where are the world’s megacities located? 144

7.5 What are the characteristics of cities in South America? 146

7.6 What are the characteristics of cities in the
United States? 150

7.7 What are the characteristics of cities in Europe?

7.8 How can cities become sustainable? 152

7.9 Are there sustainable cities in Australia? 154



Chapter 8 Planning Australia’s urban future 158

8.1 What do sustainable cities look like? 160

8.2 Are growing urban communities sustainable? 162
SkillBuilder: Reading and describing basic choropleth maps

8.3 Should we manage our suburbs? 164

8 .4 How can we manage traffic? 166
SkillBuilder: Drawing a line graph using Excel

8.5 Welcome to Sustainaville 168

8.6 Where are the world’s sustainable cities?

8.7 Can we plan to ‘live vertically’? 170

8.8 Is Auroville a sustainable community?

8.9 How do we plan for a liveable future? 172




ProjectsPLUS Investigating an Asian megacity 176

Glossary 179
Index 182

ISBN: 9781118489185
ISBN-10: 1118489187
Audience: Primary / High School
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 29th July 2013
Weight (kg): 0.52