Social Studies 3: Oceania

No, this isn't some vast kingdom under the sea that Aquaman protects. Oceania is a region of our planet that is mostly, you guessed it, ocean. We'll teach you more about it in today's video.

3rd GradeSocial Studies
Elementary and Middle School3rd Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

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…Except…sometimes Australia’s not included.

00:29

…and then sometimes it doesn’t include Taiwan or the Philippines.

00:32

Or maybe it does include Australia, but not Taiwan and the Philippines.

00:36

Or it includes Australia but not Taiwan and the Philippines, and also not the Northern

00:40

islands like the Aleutians, Ryukyu Kuril and Japan…? [Woman with a cape looking confused]

00:45

Um…

00:46

Turns out, scientists sorta disagree on exactly how to define Oceania. [Students looking confused]

00:49

But in the broadest sense, Oceania is an area between Asia and the Americas made up of 3.3 [Coop pointing at a blackboard]

00:54

million square miles of water.

00:56

It’s land area is 318,000 square miles. [Dino pointing at a blackboard]

00:59

… When Australia’s excluded, of course.

01:01

Sorry, mates.

01:02

Because the people of Oceania mainly live on islands separated by lots of water, each [Fijians stood on the beach]

01:06

island developed its own language and culture. [Tongans stood on the beach]

01:09

In fact, there are more than 28 officially recognized languages in Oceania.

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And while that could make continental get-togethers pretty awkward… [List of all the different languages]

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… the English language is by far the most widely spoken and understood. [People arrive on a boat and speak English]

01:19

And if you ever perfect that time machine and go back in time to look for Oceanic

01:23

friends…

01:24

… just make sure you land in Australia or one of the surrounding islands. [Guy in the DeLorean from Back to the Future]

01:27

That’s because 33,000 years ago, the only people living in Oceania lived in those regions.

01:31

Today, of course, Oceania is home to millions of people. [Lots of people walking around]

01:34

And guess what?

01:35

Most of them still have their own special cultures, preserved by islands far removed [People dressed in their tribal clothing]

01:38

from the effects of other cultures and civilizations.

01:41

That said, of the 35 million people who live in Oceania, 2 out of three are Australian. [Group of 3 people and and arrows point to 2 of them]

01:46

So just keep wishing everyone “G’day” and some Oceania resident is bound to invite

01:50

you over for some shrimp on the barbie. [Guy holding up a barbie doll]