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GEOGRAPHY TERM 1

2015
LIFE IN A FLOATING
VILLAGE

YEAR 5 GEOGRAPHY ACHIEVEMENT


STANDARD
By the end of Year 5, students explain
the characteristics of places in different
locations at the national scale. They describe
the interconnections between people, places
and environments and identify the effect of
these interconnections on the characteristics
of places and environments. They describe
the location of selected countries in relative
terms and identify spatial distributions and
simple patterns in the features of places and
environments. They identify alternative views
on how to respond to a geographical
challenge and propose a response.
Students develop geographical questions to
investigate and collect and record information
from a range of sources to answer these
questions. They represent data and the
location of places and their characteristics in
graphic forms, including large-scale and smallscale maps that use the cartographic
conventions of border, scale, legend, title, and
north point. Students interpret
geographical data to identify spatial
distributions, simple patterns and trends, infer
relationships and draw conclusions. They
present findings using geographical
terminology in a range of communication
forms. They propose action in response to a

YEAR 6 GEOGRAPHY ACHIEVEMENT STANDARD


By the end of Year 6, students explain the
characteristics of diverse places in different
locations at different scales from local to global.
They describe the interconnections between
people and places, identify factors that influence
these interconnections and describe how
they change places and affect people. They
describe the location of selected countries in
absolute and relative terms and identify and
compare spatial distributions and patterns among
phenomena. They identify and describe
alternative views on how to respond to a
geographical challenge and propose a response.
Students develop geographical questions to frame
an inquiry. They locate relevant information from a
range of sources to answer inquiry questions.
They represent data and the location of places
and their characteristics in different graphic forms,
including large-scale and small-scale maps that
use cartographic conventions of border,
source, scale, legend, title and north point.
Students interpret data and other information to
identify and compare spatial distributions,
patterns and trends, infer relationships and draw
conclusions. They present findings and ideas using
geographical terminology and graphic
representations in a range of communication
forms. They propose action in response to a
geographical challenge and describe the expected

geographical challenge and identify the


expected effects of their proposed action.

effects of their proposal.

TEACHING SEQUENCE
LESSO ACTIVITY
N
1
How do people adapt to seasonal floods?
View map of Cambodia and identify Tonle Sap. Find Kompong Khleang on Google Earth. Discuss physical
features of surrounding area. View images of Kompong Khleang through Google image search. Use the SEETHINK-WONDER routine on one image. Take notes from information on Kompong Khleang.

Reflect on Daily life


1.
2.

Identify at least five human activities that you think are most important to how you would live in a floating island
setting.
Describe how your daily life would be different in the wet and dry seasons.

3.

Make a list of five things you do every day that would be very different in the wet season when your house is
surrounded by water.

4.

Make a list of five things you do every day that would be very different in the dry season when your house stands
on stilts 10 metres off the ground.

5.

Write five questions about aspects of daily life in Kompong Khleang that you would like to find out about.

RESOURCES
Map of
Cambodia
Google Earth
Google images
Information
sheet on
Kompong
Khleang
Sticky notes

6.

Use these questions when you are searching for information later in this module.

3
Living with seasonal change
In this activity you will investigate how people live on Tonl Sap lake and gather information from photographs about daily
life in Kompong Khleang village.
Key focus question: How can communities adapt to seasonal flooding to take advantage of both wet and dry
seasons?
Very little written information is available on the internet about what it's like to live in Kompong Khleang. However, by
sifting through a range of sources and looking closely at photographs, you will be able to gather more information.
1. Begin with your own ideas and build your knowledge by using the lists you created in Activity 1.
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Five activities in Kompong Khleang based on a single photograph

Five things in daily life that would be different in the wet season

Five things that would be different in the dry season

Five questions you would like answered

2. Look at the map of Tonl Sap lake (on the right).


3. Read the Tonl Sap Biosphere Reserve brochure. Use the subtitles, captions and images to create a list of facts
about life in the floating village.

Information on
Tonle Sap
Cambodias
declining fish
stocks video

4. When you have enough information, write a diary entry about life in the floating village. Be willing to change your
mind if the facts from this brochure tell a different story from the one you imagined.
5. Using the images as a guide, consider what people might be talking about, what they eat, think and care about.
6. Watch the video about Cambodia's declining fish stocks.
7. Write notes on things you find interesting or imagine are happening.
8. Read the Life on the Tonl Sap blog entry.
9. Use it only to check your facts one last time. Is there anything you think that might not actually be true?
10. Add or delete anything from your notes that will help you write a factual account of daily life in Kompong Khleang.

My diary on life in a floating village


In this activity, you will write and publish a blog entry, based on your imagination, of a child living in Kompong Khleang.
Key focus question: What would it be like to live in an area where every year it goes from dry to flooding?

An international project is creating a website that will gather together blog entries from children all over the world on one
day to create a snapshot of a day in the life of the worlds children. The project team has come to your village and

Samples of
diary entries
Google images

selected you to write a blog entry about one day in your life.
Before starting, consider that for centuries villagers along the flood plain of the Tonl Sap have lived in harmony with the
ebb and flow of this 'pulsing heart' of Cambodia.
1.
2.

3.

Decide if you will write about life during the wet season or the dry season.
Check your facts about the weather and conditions by looking at the climatic graph of Siem Reap, the largest city
near Kompong Khleang.
Choose a month from the graph and note the temperature and average number of days with rain.

4.

Date your diary entry in your chosen month and include details from the climate statistics to make your entry
more realistic.

5.

Write a diary entry describing what the main events of your day might be like. Consider what you have seen in
the photographs, your imagination and the resources you have explored.

6.

Re-read the entry to see if you have more ideas and details you'd like to add now that you are going to publish
the writing.

7.

Consider exchanging your diary entry with a classmate to see if you can improve on it. Use this as a source of
inspiration but don't copy another's ideas and imagination.

8.

Look for images you can legally use to illustrate your diary entry.

COLLECTING IMAGES

1.

Save images you find from the collections below to your hard drive so you can later upload them.

2.

Explore the collection of Tonl Sap images in the Wikimedia Commons. If you use one of these images, make
sure you link back to the author cited.

3.

Find an image from the collection. Go to the Creative Commons search page. Enter 'Kompong Khleang' in the
search field. Un-tick the checkboxes for 'use for commercial purposes' and 'modify, adapt, or build upon'. Make sure
the 'Flickr' button is selected in the panel. Click the large green 'Search' button. View the thumbnail images in
'medium' size so you can get a better view of whats shown. If you use one of these Creative Commons images,
make sure you link back to the author cited.

4.

Use the Instructions for Tackk to publish your diary entry and images.

5.

Follow the instructions to share your masterpiece with the world, for example, as a blog.

REFLECTION
You have looked at photographs of people living in a very unusual environment.
You have explored more photographs and online resources to get a better idea of what life would be like living in
Kompong Khleang.
You took all these ideas and shaped them into a piece of creative writing where you imagined a 'Day in the life'.
1.

Now, reflect on your thoughts and feelings about how it would be to live in a place where dramatic changes in the
environment are not tragedies, but regular cycles that you and your community adapt to and live with happily and in

harmony.
2.

ASSES
SMENT

Respond to the prompt or freely reflect on what you have learned: I used to think but now I think

Write and publish a blog entry, in the form of a diary, on daily life in the floating village of Kompong Khleang on the Tonle Sap