Commemorating Anzac Day in class

Remember the service men and women that fought - and continue to fight - for peace with these hand-picked resources for Anzac Day

Nicola Davison

Anzac Day, Australia, New Zealand, Gallipoli Campaign, First World War, Resources, Lesson, Activity, Primary, Secondary

Resources to remember the contribution of the Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War

Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance, which historically commemorates the contribution and suffering of the soldiers that fought against the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli during the First World War.

These days, it is an opportunity to remember all service men and women, as the spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, camaraderie and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance to both Austalia and New Zealand's national identities.

Why not use this hand-picked selection of lesson ideas and activities to explore this special day with your primary and secondary classes?

Whole school resources

Test your learners’ knowledge of Anzac Day with this 15-question, multiple-choice quiz, ideal as a starter, plenary activity or even as part of an assembly. Or, modernise your approach with these editable posters, outlining some of the modern conflicts in which Australian soldiers have also served.

For a more immersive experience, this themed codebreaking task gives students a flavour of the battle at Gallipoli, while allowing them to practise communicating grid references. Alternatively, develop learners’ understanding of the nature of warfare by researching those who served using this source pack as a starting point.

 

ANZAC Day - Quiz
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ANZAC Day - Quiz

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ANZAC Day themed quiz with 15 questions and answers at the end. See how much your students know about ANZAC Day. Can be used as a starter or in an assembly. Click on my username to see my other ANZAC Day resources! Please rate if you found the resource useful!
Australians in conflict - ANZAC Day
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Australians in conflict - ANZAC Day

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Two simple poster to used for ANZAC Day. While ANZAC Day is mostly remembered for Gallipoli, today many students will have family members who have served in more modern conflicts. The posters list where Australians have served in war time and also as peacekeepers. *Disclaimer: while every ...
Anzac Day -'Battleshots' game
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Anzac Day -'Battleshots' game

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A super-fun game that your students will love! Particularly suitable for New Zealand and Australian classrooms that are looking for learning activities based around Anzac Day. You re in a trench above Anzac Cove. You receive a coded message from your Commander. Decipher the code and then prep...
How to research a service person - World War One
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How to research a service person - World War One

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This resource was designed to support students and teachers in undertaking research on those who have served in World War One. This supports the development of both historical inquiry skills and knowledge and understanding in relation to the Australian Curriculum: History depth study on World War On...

Primary resources

Further engage primary pupils with these Anzac-themed rotational activities, including collage work and a baking opportunity. Additionally, these illustrated wordsearches enable learners to recap key terminology.

Encourage students to understand the thoughts and feelings of families whose sons fought at Gallipoli with this moving song. Meanwhile, this patriotic activity offers pupils the chance to practise a wide range of art skills in bringing the words of Australia and New Zealand's national anthems to life.

 

ANZAC DAY - wordsearch
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ANZAC DAY - wordsearch

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Two ANZAC Day themed word-searches with 15 words each. Click on my username to see my other ANZAC Day resources! Please review if you found the resource helpful!
Song For Anzac Day - Families At Peace
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Song For Anzac Day - Families At Peace

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A song sung by the families of three soldiers in the Gallipoli campaign - you'll have to listen to the song and read the full description in the downloadable document if you're interested - it's too complicated to explain in this space! It's 100 years since the Gallipoli landings. If you'd like to p...
Anzac Art
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Anzac Art

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Make some great ANZAC art with this set of paper. Create an Anzac image on top of the National Anthem or the Ode of Remembrance. Included: New Zealand National Anthem - English New Zealand National Anthem Te Reo M ori Australian National Anthem English The Ode o...

Secondary resources

Take an in-depth look at the origins of the Anzac legend with this thoughtful activity, requiring students to draw inferences based on the backgrounds of Charles Bean and Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett. Move on to discover the purpose of and messages within propaganda posters using these well-structured questions.

Why not accompany any learning about the battle at Gallipoli with these varied activity ideas? This source analysis worksheet is ideal for helping students to understand what it means to be critical of sources, or explore the qualities that helped the Anzacs to endure the Gallipoli Campaign with this thought-provoking writing task.

 

Origins of ANZAC: Ashmead-Bartlett Vs Bean
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Origins of ANZAC: Ashmead-Bartlett Vs Bean

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This activity requires students to think about Bean's and Ashmead-Bartlett's backgrounds and how that may have shaped their writing. They then compare and contrast their work on 4 separate topics to draw inferences about the origins of the ANZAC legend.
ANZAC Day - writing activity
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ANZAC Day - writing activity

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UPDATED: Thank you for the feedback A PowerPoint presentation designed to have students write an original piece for the topic 'What qualities do you think the ANZACs possessed that enabled them to endure the Gallipoli Campaign.' The presentation provides images and information to help stud...