By Laura Torney
Adapting Clay Island for My Own Classroom.
In upper primary school, particularly years 5 and 6, the Australian Curriculum requires students to identify the influences humans have on the human characteristics of a place. In order to encourage the students to do this, I would ask them to pick a place that means something to them, such as Docklands Melbourne or Box Hill suburbia. Then I would ask the students to create 2 models, clay or otherwise. The students would need to collect and analyse their own data in order to complete the models. One model would show the land 100 years ago, before there was too much human influence and the other would show the place in today's world. Hopefully this would clearly show the student how humans have influenced that particular place. The students would then display and present their findings at a classroom expo.