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Water and the Murray-Darling Basin

How can objects help us understand about water use and management?

Front cover unit of work

Curriculum areas: Geography, environment

Years: 8–12

Key curriculum links: Time, Continuity and Change; Culture; Natural and Social Systems; Investigation, Communication and Participation, Thinking Processes and Communication

Water: H20=Life was an exhibition created by the American Museum of Natural History about all aspects of water. It included a section on Australia's water story curated by the National Museum of Australia. Part of Australia's water story explores the theme of this unit – water and the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia's most important food bowl.

The focus of this unit is: What can museum objects help us understand about water use and management in the Murray-Darling Basin? It includes sections on before human occupation, occupation and use by First Australians, European settlers, and today.

The task for students is to select 10 objects in the exhibition to create a PowerPoint or a poster display about water use and management in the Murray-Darling Basin over time.