Recommended resources for Naidoc Week

Nicola Davison
22nd June 2017
aboriginal art celebrating Naidoc week

Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture with these hand-picked Naidoc-focused lesson resources

Every July, Australians recognise and celebrate the contributions of Indigenous communities to their country by taking part in a variety of activities in honour of Naidoc (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week.

We’ve selected a handful of lesson activities and ideas to help you explore indigenous culture with your primary and secondary classes.

Primary resources

Get started with this beautifully illustrated presentation, which details the Aboriginal story of creation and offers a springboard into a range of subjects, such as art and literacy. If exploring the symbols in Aborginal art, why not use this boomerang design sheet to inspire learners to demonstrate their knowledge creatively?

For more of a literacy focus, you can't go wrong with Dreamtime stories. Use this comprehension pack to get students reading classic story examples, answering text-based questions and demonstrating their retelling skills. Later, encourage them to write their own using this scaffolding frame as a structural starting point.

Continue the theme with this fascinating activity pack, which shows how different Aboriginal languages demonstrate an Indigenous connection to place. Or, encourage learners to create their own musical composition based on traditional Songlines with this complete resource pack.

Aboriginal Creation Story

A powerpoint telling one of the many Aboriginal stories of creation, with Aboriginal artwork used as a (talking point) background.

This story comes from the following source -

By JanSkelly

Aboriginal Art Boomerang Design Sheet

Aboriginal Art Boomerang Design Sheet perfect for Primary or Ks3 pupils either as part of a project, stand alone lesson or cover work.
By RND86

Aboriginal Dreamtime Retell

WILF - Retell of Australian Dreamtime Story. Using QAR Comprehension, closed text and PowerPoints to make these text become familiar so childred can complete a written retell and present it to the class.
By GARY2010

Dreamtime Wireframe; oral story telling

This is a very simple wireframe/scaffold for helping pupils plan an oral story. Although it is specified for Dreamtime stories, it is also suitable for 'Just so&' type stories too! Any problems or changes wanted, please ask - I&';m @mrlockyer on Twitter.
By mrlockyer

Indigenous Languages Resource Bundle

What's the Aboriginal word for 'hello'?

Use the Indigenous Australian Language & Connection Resource Bundle to engage your students in a study of the languages of Australia's first people, and what they tell us about the Indigenous connection to place.

Australian Curriculum Links: ACHASSK062, ACHASSK083

This resource is delivered as a 11 page PDF in A4 size.

So, what's included?

✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it!

✓ Engaging 700-word story entitled Saying Hello to the Gubba Man targeted at readers in Years 3 to 6.

✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above story to build understanding and vocabulary.

✓ Pre- and Post- reading quiz to assess reading comprehension.

✓ KW Chart template to find out what students know, and what they would like to know about Indigenous language, culture and connection.

✓ Indigenous Nations and Country additional information

✓What did Country Provide? Worksheet asks students to think about how Indigenous people used their land

✓ Indigenous Message Stick Activity (instructions and template)

Purchase Issue 18 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag:
By HistoriCool

Simple Music Lesson - Indigenous Australian (NAIDOC) Composition and Performance

In this straightforward lesson children are introduced to Indigenous Australian music in the form of 'Songlines'.

Following the example of Indigenous Australian storytellers, children are encouraged to create their own musical composition using instruments, voice or a combination of both.

Children will experience composition, performing and conducting - all of which I have found the children to enjoy enormously.

Lesson plan attached which includes learning intentions and success criteria. I have also created a PowerPoint which can be used to assist in the introduction and teaching of the topic. The PowerPoint contains a short video.

Even if you do not use the lesson in its entirety, hopefully you will be able to make use of elements of the information I have provided. I have made every effort to make the lesson plan user friendly.

Running time: 1 - 1.5 hrs.

Feedback welcome as I am still very new to this.
By Graham Matuszak

Secondary resources

Kick-start learning about the many aspects of Aboriginal culture, history and experiences with the creative activities outlined in this lesson idea generator. Then, why not take inspiration from this eight lesson pack exploring the history of Australia's first people? Or, in the shorter term, encourage students to develop an understanding of the country’s heritage by investigating indigenous symbols in this research-led lesson.

For a more personal angle, try enhancing cross-cultural understanding within your classroom using this thoughtful unit of work to explore and celebrate the diversity within. Go on to engage students by investigating specific aspects of Aboriginal culture, such as the creative arts. Including explanatory slides and videos, this lesson pack highlights the features of Aboriginal music-making, while this detailed presentation shows how artists in Maningrida use indigenous symbols to tell Dreamtime stories through textiles.

Aboriginal Peoples: Lesson Idea Generator

The Lesson Idea Generator presents you with over 100 exciting and engaging lesson ideas you can use to teach about different aspects of Aboriginal Peoples’ culture, history and experiences. Both the Secondary and Senior Secondary curriculums are covered and the document is split into a series of subdivisions for ease of use.
By MikeGershonAustralia

Aussie Clue Cracker - Indigenous Symbols

Use this activity to teach your class all about Indigenous symbols in Australia – why are these important to all Australians?
By AustraliaDay

Who am I?

This unit of work was created to celebrate the diversity of the classroom for Australian Students, particularly raising the awareness and self esteem of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. However this unit can be adapted to suit any cultural mix within the individual classroom or community. Western images are used alongside traditional Indigenous symbols to enhance cross-cultural understanding.
By CandiceLittle

Australian lesson 1

intro to dreamtime and vids. Aborigine. music, indigenous, culture. PPt and videos.
By ant88

Indigenous Australian Textile Art

This PowerPoint presentation helps students to learn about Indigenous Australian Textile art, the fabrics used and the techniques used to create the are. This presentation is designed as a starter for their own research into Indigenous cultural textile items.
By kitfarrow

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