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Literature Lab:  The Rabbits - Guided Writing Task Worksheet

Literature Lab: The Rabbits - Guided Writing Task Worksheet

This stand-alone lesson for STUDENTS 13-14 years includes a 2-page handout and detailed teacher instructions. Students compose a structured, critical essay based on the award winning picture book The Rabbits, by John Marsden and Shaun Tan. Contains links to Australian national and NSW curricula. This resource is part of The Rabbits: Complete 8-Week Program Value Bundle. www.literature-lab.com

By Literature_Lab

Literature Lab:  The Rabbits - Narrative Analysis Worksheet

Literature Lab: The Rabbits - Narrative Analysis Worksheet

This stand-alone lesson for STUDENTS 13-14 years includes a printable handout and detailed teacher instructions. Students explore the narrative structure and literary techniques used in the award winning picture book The Rabbits, by John Marsden and Shaun Tan. Contains links to Australian national and NSW curricula. This resource is part of The Rabbits: Complete 8-Week Program Value Bundle. www.literature-lab.com

By Literature_Lab

Literature Lab:  The Rabbits - Front Cover Analysis Worksheet

Literature Lab: The Rabbits - Front Cover Analysis Worksheet

This stand-alone lesson for STUDENTS 13-14 years includes a printable handout and detailed teacher instructions. Students analyse the front cover of the award winning picture book The Rabbits, by John Marsden and Shaun Tan. Contains links to Australian national & NSW curricula. This resource is part of The Rabbits: Complete 8-Week Program Value Bundle. www.literature-lab.com

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KS1 Dreamcatchers - Forest School

KS1 Dreamcatchers - Forest School

This was done in Forest School with a Year 2 class (they are half completed in the accompanying photo). We also read "The Crow's Tale" which is a Native legend with a nice moral and lovely pictures. Included are: Detailed Lesson Plan Examples (I printed these and stuck them on card to pass around in the forest) Dream Catcher History (to read to the class) Instructions on how to make a net (We didn't make proper nets with Year 2 but this could be used with older children)

By CreativeClass13

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY - STUDENT RESEARCH LEADING TO THE AUSTRALIAN FIRST AWARDS

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY - STUDENT RESEARCH LEADING TO THE AUSTRALIAN FIRST AWARDS

This unit requires students to search for answers to 10 statements relating to the first people to achieve some aspect of Australia's history. Most answers lie in the pages given which include visual supports, prepared maps and selected photographs. Students appreciate the investigation approach because they become involved in the process - a bit like detectives picking up clues and deciding on their relevance. The whole process is designed to help them fill in the final AWARDS PAGE where they write down the answers, the dates and the evidence they have gathered to support their decision for each award. This approach has the advantage of involvement and discovery which is very appropriate for a unit that is mainly about the discovery of Australia from 40,000 years ago through European navigators to British settlement. Take them on the discovery adventure. There are several attachments; the fill-in final page and - if you are stuck a top secret answer page. However, don't ruin the process by screening the answer sheet before they have had time to discover the answers for themselves. The attachments are given to provide flexibility of approach, recognising that some schools restrict the type and provision of printed materials. You can complete this unit by using screen alone and allowing student observation and discussion. You can, if permitted, provide hard copy worksheets for in class or home use. You have the flexibility of choice. Who were the first to...? Along with your students you can find out the answers. This unit can also form the background to a following unit dealing with the internal explorations within Australia.

By KPolkinghorne

Aboriginal Story-Wayamba the Turtle

Aboriginal Story-Wayamba the Turtle

This Aboriginal story (language group unknown) is a creation story about turtles. It is in PowerPoint format. Use this story to provide an Aboriginal perspective in literacy. The title slide references the source of the story. The final slide provides a link to an animated version of the story of Wayamba (Wayambeh). Compare representations of the story. Ask students to make their own representation.

By martinesmith81

Dreamtime Stories Class Activities

Dreamtime Stories Class Activities

Class Activity for Years 6/7 and 8 - Requires computers or Ipads Activity in 3 parts Part 1: Students are asked to read 2 Dreamtime stories and answer 5 questions on each. Students are provided with 2 excellent websites to use for their research. Part 2 : Students are led through an explanation of Aboriginal Art Symbols, looking specifically at how water and rain is represented in 2 Aboriginal artworks. Students answer questions about the works and construct their own symbols for water elements. Part 3 : Students will write their own dreamtime story and illustrate. Students are provided with a 4 step process for developing a dreamtime story and image. 10 Page Document.

By teen91113

AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST NATIONAL PARK- THE PROPOSED EXPANDED KIMBERLEY NATIONAL PARK

AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST NATIONAL PARK- THE PROPOSED EXPANDED KIMBERLEY NATIONAL PARK

The Kimberley National Park is due to be proclaimed by 2019. It will be about 5 times the area of Australia's current largest National Park - Kakadu. It will have large areas of land - absorbing 5 present parks and encompassing areas of Aboriginal interest. In terms of landscape it will incorporate coastal islands, vast tidal river flats, swamps, river valleys, mountain ranges, plateaux with a large variety of wildlife and vegetation communities. It will have guardianship over a vast area which is referred to as "Australia's last great wilderness". Such a vast and diverse area will pose issues of control and management. The dilemma of how to maintain the integrity of the natural and cultural features is mentioned. The issue of allowing access and sustaining the natural environment is raised. This is an area of unique landscape with a long history of Aboriginal contact. It is also an area where dinosaurs roamed and left their imprint. There is ample opportunity for students to recognise the variations. There is also scope for debate as the 6 situations provided as attachments are considered. These can be used as class/group discussions or provided as individual worksheets. If you are looking for material that can provoke discussion and debate this unit will provide this opportunity. The material on ecotourism is provided as a parallel issue because the presence and type of tourism contact in this area will be a factor. Enjoy the excursion into the wilderness. Look around and discover the need fro protection and regulation/permits of entry.

By KPolkinghorne

CONSERVATION ISSUES FOR THE MITCHELL PLATEAU - KIMBERLEY REGIONS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

CONSERVATION ISSUES FOR THE MITCHELL PLATEAU - KIMBERLEY REGIONS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Conservation issues are major concerns in a world where the expansion of human population has impacted on areas once protected by remoteness. The Mitchell Plateau, considered by some to be "the last large relatively untouched wilderness in Australia was threatened by bauxite mining proposals until 2015. The Mitchell Plateau contains a variety of wildlife - some unique and some endangered. It also contains unique and ancient Aboriginal Art. What happened in 2105 gave heart to those wishing to protect the unique features of the Plateau. This event is also a prelude to the much larger conservation issues that will be covered when the proclamation of the extended Kimberley (by far the largest in Australia) is finalised. If you have an interest in conservation issues then this unit and the following unit on the Kimberley National Park provides information and resources for consideration. The attachments provide a summary worksheet. Work through the need for conservation and understand how the wilderness of the north west Kimberley land and coastal waters will be protected.

By KPolkinghorne

Creating an Australian Aboriginal style 'Dot' painting in Microsoft Word

Creating an Australian Aboriginal style 'Dot' painting in Microsoft Word

Instructions for creating an Australian Aboriginal style 'Dot' painting using the drawing tools in Microsoft Word. This resource will assist middle school art teachers in fulfilling the mandatory programming requirements in Visual Arts to do with both the study of Indigenous Australian Art and the use of Computing Technologies in Visual Arts (Australian Curriculum). It can be presented as a hand out for self-paced learning or kept by the teacher as a resource for guided instruction. The sample image in pdf format for digital display is also included. Please complete a review of this resource if you have found it useful.

By kellyocs