The Great Artesian Basin

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Covering 23% of the continent and holding 64,900 cubic kilometers of water, the Great Artesian Basin is the primary source of water for much of inland Australia. Using detailed student worksheets, experiments, and case studies, young environmentalists learn about this region's geology and ecology, while investigating the management and preservation of this important natural resource.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include this series of lessons in a middle school earth science unit on the hydrosphere
  • Implement these lesson as a single unit, or pick specific investigations to supplement into your earth science curriculum
Classroom Considerations

  • Though intended for use with Australian students, this unit can be used with students from any country
Pros

  • Unit includes a total of ten lessons that are grouped into five different investigations
  • Numerous videos, maps, images, and other supplemental materials are included with the unit
  • Includes a glossary with definitions of key terms relating to the Great Artesian Basin
Cons

  • Teacher must create a summative assessment for use at the end of the unit