Asian Inquiry Expo

Yesterday the senior unit held their inquiry expo based on making comparisons between Australia and an Asuan country. The expo also included some Asian cooking from the different countries that the students researched.

-Describe one thing you learnt about your inquiry country.

-Describe one difference between your inquiry country and Australia.

-Describe one similarity between your inquiry country and Australia.

– Explain which Asian food you liked the best and why.


Inquiry Week 2 – South Korea

Today you are going to start preparing your Venn diagram. A Venn diagram shows the differences and similarities between two topics. Your two topics that you’ll compare will be South Korea and Australia.

To help you prepare your Venn diagram, you will choose five topics from your question web that you drafted last week. You’ll then start answering your questions in detail and you should answer each question twice, once for Australia and once for South Korea.

Your answers will be written in your books as a draft and will need to be checked before you publish.

You’ll get a chance to finish publishing your Venn diagram after recess.

Use the links below to help you answer some of your questions on South Korea.

Inquiry: Asia – Checklist

5/6 Unit Inquiry Checklist Term 2 2014 – Asia

Mind Map/Question Web: Individual

Mind map on your country and Australia > branch off to topics such as food, culture, weather, money, tourism, history, recreational activities/sports, clothing, animals, landscape, population, language, employment, religion, government, education, etc. > Branch off each of the topics and ask 2 questions for each.

Hypothesis to inquiry question: Individual

Predict an answer for the inquiry question.

Venn Diagram: Group

Use 5 of your topics and questions from the mind map to construct a detailed Venn diagram, comparing your Asian country and Australia. You will need to inquire and research into your Asian country to be able to make comparisons with Australia.

Map X 2: Group

o   Map of the country showing key areas such as capitals, provinces, etc.

o   Map of the country showing its place in Asia and comparison to where the country is in relation to Australia.

Planned Asian Holiday: Group

You will have $15,000 to plan an Asian holiday for 10 days (2 people). You need to also plan to visit three tourist attractions.

o   Budget (calculate how much the holiday will cost)

-Flights, Accommodation, 3 tourist attractions & $20 per day for food

o   Mapping

-Detailed map of the country, showing the location of the accommodation, airport & tourist attractions.

o   Time-zones

-Time and time difference at the time of arrival and departure.

Brochure: Group

  • Information report > Linked to the your research from the Venn Diagram.
  • Information/images about three tourist attractions.
  • Information/images about accommodation including cost.
  • Information/images about airfares including cost.
  • Map of the country > you can use the map from the holiday task.
Results and conclusion: Group

Answer the inquiry question in detail.

Presentation: Group

You will present this project to an audience. They will ask you about your inquiry question, so make sure you know how to answer it well!


Inquiry Unit: Asia – South Korea

Korea has a very long and rich history. Korea has been split into two countries from the result of a war. The two countries are South Korea and North Korea. During this inquiry unit we will be studying South Korea and comparing the country to Australia.


The following is a list of ten things to know about the country of South Korea:

1) South Korea’s population as of July 2009 was 48,508,972. Its capital, Seoul, is one of its largest cities with a population of over ten million.

2) The official language of South Korea is Korean but English is taught widely in the country’s schools. In addition, Japanese is common in South Korea.

3) The population of South Korea is composed of 99.9% Korean but 0.1% the population is Chinese.

4) The dominant religious groups in South Korea are Christian and Buddhist, however a large percent of South Koreans claim no religious preference.

5) South Korea’s government is a republic with a single legislative body which is comprised of the National Assembly or Kukhoe. The executive branch is made up of chief of state who is the country’s president and a head of government who is the prime minister.

6) Most of South Korea’s landscape is mountainous with its highest point being Halla-san at 6,398 feet (1,950 m). Halla-san is an extinct volcano.

7) Around two-thirds of the land in South Korea is forested. This includes the mainland and some of the more than 3,000 small islands that are located on the country’s southern and western coasts.

8) The climate of South Korea is temperate with cold winters and hot, wet summers. The average January temperature for Seoul, South Korea’s capital city, is 28°F (-2.5°C) while the average August high temperature is 85°F (29.5°C).

9) South Korea’s economy is high-tech and industrialized. Its main industries include electronics, telecommunications, auto production, steel, shipbuilding and chemical production. Some of South Korea’s largest companies include Hyundai, LG and Samsung.

10) In 2004, South Korea opened a high speed rail line called Korea Train Express (KTX) which was based on the French TGV. The KTX runs from Seoul to Pusan and Seoul to Mokpo and transports over 100,000 people daily.

Below are maps of Korea and a number of videos we will watch to give us an understanding of South Korea and its culture.