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HistoriCool is the coolest mag in History! Published since 2013, HistoriCool engages and entertains 8-14 year olds with stories from the past, and helps teachers to deliver curriculum content with our coinciding teaching resources.

HistoriCool is the coolest mag in History! Published since 2013, HistoriCool engages and entertains 8-14 year olds with stories from the past, and helps teachers to deliver curriculum content with our coinciding teaching resources.
The Black Death Resource Bundle

The Black Death Resource Bundle

Uh-Oh...Your entire class caught the Plague... What now? Use the Black Death Resource Bundle to engage your students in a study of the Bubonic Plague and the real methods of curing it that were attempted (in vain) by its sufferers. Australian Curriculum Link: ACDSEH070 This resource is delivered as a 12 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! ✓ Hilarious 700-word article entitled How to Survive the Black Death targeted at readers in Years 7 to 9. ✓ 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 the Black Death. ✓ Before and After Comparison Worksheets asks students to compare life in 14th century Europe before and after the outbreak of the Plague. ✓ Black Death Storyboard Activity asks students to illustrate the flow of the Black Death with the aim of turning their storyboard into a script and short play. Purchase Issue 18 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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Onboard the First Fleet Resource Bundle

Onboard the First Fleet Resource Bundle

252 days at sea, 778 convicts, a million stories! Use the Onboard the First Fleet Resource Bundle to engage your students in the stories and experiences of convicts during their transportation to Australia. Australian Curriculum Link: ACHASSK085 This resource is delivered as a 12 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 article using actual journal entries from the doctor of the Lady Penrhyn, Arthur Bowes Smith, entitled Onboard the Lady Penrhyn. ✓ 3-2-1 Question Guide. ✓ First Fleet Glossary Snap encourages students to build their vocabulary by playing games! ✓ Crimes of the First Fleet Convicts worksheet. ✓ Map the First Fleet's Voyage activity encourages directional and mapping skills. ✓ First Fleet storyboard template. ✓ Arthur Bowes Smith Diary Entry template. Purchase Issue 25 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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Convicts of the First Fleet Resource Bundle

Convicts of the First Fleet Resource Bundle

Who were the convicts aboard the First Fleet? This classroom poster and related activities will help your students answer just that! Use the Convicts of the First Fleet Poster & Resource Bundle to engage your students in a wider study of Australia's colonial past or Australia Day. Australian Curriculum Link: ACHASSK085 This resource is delivered as a 11 page PDF in A4 size, and the classroom poster is delivered in A2 size, but it can be resized for printing. So, what's included? ✓ An A2 classroom poster details the lives and crimes of five real convicts aboard the First Fleet in a fun cartoon style (check it out in the preview!) ✓ Background information about the First Fleet to be read in conjunction with the classroom poster. ✓ Pre- & Post-Reading Quiz for analysing prior knowledge and reading comprehension (answers included). ✓ Understanding the Text Tri-Level Question Guide asks students 'Does the text say this? Does the text suggest this? Do you agree with this statement regarding the text? ✓ First Fleet Sensory Worksheet to encourage creative thinking about the journey of a convict sailing to Australia. ✓ Hall of Shame Template for students to record information about a convict that they will research using http://www.convictrecords.com.au/. ✓ The lyrics for Bound for Botany Bay - A Convict Ballad, a tune sung by convicts, for a good ol' class sing-a-long! ✓ A list of other teaching ideas for utilising the Convicts of the First Fleet poster in your classroom. Purchase Issue 03 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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The Terracotta Army & the First Emperor Resource Bundle

The Terracotta Army & the First Emperor Resource Bundle

Was the Terracotta Army Emperor Qin's greatest legacy? Use The Terracotta Army & the First Emperor Resource Bundle to engage your students in a study of Emperor Qin and the beliefs and customs of Ancient China. Australian Curriculum Links: ACDSEH042, ACDSEH132 This resource is delivered as a 15 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 article entitled What the Emperor Wanted, about Emperor Qin and his Terracotta Army. ✓ Comprehension questions about the above article to assess student understanding. ✓ 'Help! I'm a Teenage Ruler' worksheet asks students to think about what they would do if thrown into power at the age of thirteen, like Emperor Qin. ✓ Emperor Qin's Legacies worksheet ✓ Question Dice template, for developing questions for inquiry. ✓ Terracotta Army: Excavation and Conservation worksheet. ✓ Emperor Qin's Tomb Debate Planner ✓ A Warrior of the Terracotta Army worksheet Purchase Issue 26 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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Mungo Man Resource Bundle

Mungo Man Resource Bundle

Who was the Mungo Man? And what does he tell us about Australia's first people? Use the Mungo Man Resource Bundle to engage your students in a study of the people of ancient Australia and techniques used by archaeologists and historians to investigate this part of Australia's past. Australian Curriculum Links: ACHASSK083, ACDSEH031 This resource is delivered as a 12 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 article entitled If Skeletons Could Talk: An Interview with the Mungo Man targeted at readers in Years 4 to 7. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above article to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- and Post- reading quiz to assess reading comprehension. ✓ Tri-Level Question Guide to gauge and extend student understanding of the article. ✓ Super fun Mungo Man Spot-the-Difference! ✓ Lake Mungo: Then & Now worksheet asks students to compare Lake Mungo as it existed 40,000 years ago with today. ✓ Australian Archaeological Discoveries worksheet Purchase Issue 07 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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Gold Rush Resource Bundle

Gold Rush Resource Bundle

What is the historical significance of gold? And what impact did it have on the development of Australia? Use the Gold Rushes Resource Bundle to answer these questions and engage your students in a study of the Australian gold rushes and the importance of gold throughout history. Australian Curriculum Links: ACHASSK108 This resource is delivered as a 15 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 1100-word article entitled Gold: How One Metal Shaped the World targeted at a 10-13 year old audience, which not only looks at the Australian gold rushes, but the importance placed on gold throughout history. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above story to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- and Post- reading quiz to assess reading comprehension. ✓ Tri-level question guide about the above article. ✓ Gold Rush KW Chart helps to obtain questions for inquiry. ✓ How to Pan for Gold video response worksheet. ✓ The Gold Rush by S. T. Gill image analysis activity. ✓ Gold Rush Towns Wordsearch. Purchase Issue 07 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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The Aztecs Resource Bundle

The Aztecs Resource Bundle

What was the Aztec way of life? And what happened to it when the Spanish came and conquered? Use The Aztec Resource Bundle to ponder these questions and engage your students in a study of the Spanish conquests of America. Australian Curriculum Links: ACDSEH016, ACDSEH073 This resource is delivered as a 13 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! ✓ Entertaining 750-word article entitled 5 Staples of the Aztec Pantry targeted at 11-14 year old readers, which takes a look at traditional Aztec cuisine. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above story to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- & Post-Reading Quiz for analysing prior knowledge and reading comprehension (answers included). ✓ Aztec KW chart to help students formulate questions for inquiry. ✓ Video Response worksheet. ✓ Tenochtitlan Map Investigation. ✓ Mexican Flag Analysis. ✓ An Alternative Ending worksheets asks students to ponder 'what if' scenarios in place of the Spanish conquest. Purchase Issue 14 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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Migration to Australia Resource Bundle

Migration to Australia Resource Bundle

What were the motivations for migrants coming to Australia prior to and following federation? And what were their experiences once they arrived? Use the Migration to Australia Resource Bundle to answer these questions and engage your students in a study of pre- and post- federation migration. Australian Curriculum Links: ACHASSK109, ACHASSK136 This resource is delivered as a 15 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 1000-word article entitled People on the Move: Waves of Migration targeted at readers in Years 5-6. ✓ World map template to locate the country of origins of students and their family members. ✓ Migration PNQ chart worksheet asks students to assume the identity of a migrant and assess the positives and negatives of moving to Australia, as well as the questions they should ask before deciding. ✓ Migration Experiences Before & After Federation comparative worksheet. ✓ Emigration Committee Poster to help students write pretend migration applications. ✓ Immigration Restriction Act Dictation Test information and example. ✓ Migrant Profile activity. ✓ Fun Spot the Difference puzzle Purchase Issue 21 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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The Ottoman Empire Resource Bundle

The Ottoman Empire Resource Bundle

The Ottoman Empire was one of the largest in the world... Use the Ottoman Empire Resource Bundle to engage your students in a study of the people, places and events that make up this important period in world history. Australian Curriculum Link: ACDSEH009 ACDSEH055 This resource is delivered as a 15 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! ✓ Entertaining article entitled Interpreting the Dragomans takes an in-depth look at the role of translators in the Ottoman Empire. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms in the above article. ✓ Pre- and Post-reading Quiz gauges student comprehension. ✓ Mapping the Empire activity. ✓ Ottoman Empire Glossary Builder for students to add definitions of new words they come across during their study of this topic. ✓ Changing Territory activity. ✓ Design a Turkish Rug worksheet. Purchase Issue 24 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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Ned Kelly Resource Bundle

Ned Kelly Resource Bundle

Who was Ned Kelly? And why were opinions about him so mixed in the colonies? Use the Naughty Ned Kelly Resource Bundle to engage your students in a study of the bushrangers who roamed the Australian colonies and the impact Ned Kelly made on his society. Australian Curriculum Link: ACHASSK110 This resource is delivered as a 14 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 900-word biographical article entitled A Tale of Ned's Head targeted at readers in Years 4 to 6. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above article 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 Ned Kelly. ✓ A tri-level question guide asks students 'Does the text say this?' 'Does the text suggest this' and 'Do you agree with...' ✓ Storyboard template to help students to visually represent an event in Ned's life ✓ Ned Kelly: Hero or Villain worksheet ✓ Wanted Poster template Purchase Issue 01 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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Medieval Fashions Resource Bundle

Medieval Fashions Resource Bundle

What do the fashions of the time tell us about the class-based society in which the people of the Middle Ages lived? Use the Medieval Fashions Resource Bundle to answer this question and engage your students in a study of Medieval society and hierarchy. Australian Curriculum Links: ACDSEH008 This resource is delivered as a 12 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 and entertaining 700-word article entitled My Medieval Suitcase targeted at 11-15 year-old readers. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above article to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- & Post-Reading Quiz for analysing prior knowledge and reading comprehension (answers included). ✓ Understanding the Text Tri-Level Question Guide asks students 'Does the text say this? Does the text suggest this? Do you agree with this statement regarding the text? ✓ Social Hierarchy in Medieval Europe worksheet ✓ Medieval Art Object Analysis worksheet ✓ A second article entitled Beneath the Emperor's New Clothes which looks at the popular fairytale based in medieval times. Purchase Issue 02 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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History Mysteries Mega Resource Bundle

History Mysteries Mega Resource Bundle

How do history professionals investigate the past and solve some of history's mysteries? Use the History Mysteries MEGA Resource Bundle to answer this question and engage your students in their Year 7 study of investigating the past. Australian Curriculum Link: ACDSEH001, ACDSEH030 This resource is delivered as a 28 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the unit, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Engaging 950-word article entitled Frozen: The World's Oldest Murder Mystery about the discovery of the remains of Otzi the Iceman, targeted at 11 to 14 year old readers. ✓ Pre- & Post-Reading Quiz for analysing prior knowledge and reading comprehension (answers included). ✓ Investigating the Past Glossary template includes several terms that students will encounter during their study, and space to add more as new words or phrases are come across. ✓ History Professionals worksheet familiarises students with the variety of jobs held by history professionals, and their roles. ✓ History at Work: Image Analysis activity asks students to regard several photos of history professionals at work and determine information about their job. ✓ Source Analysis activity introduces students to the types of questions history professionals would ask when presented with a mystery object or source. This activity comprises teacher instructions, source image and student worksheet. ✓ The Inquiry Process matching activity introduces students to the steps required in an historical enquiry. ✓ Tollund Man Inquiry sums up student learning by asking them to put the skills they have learnt to the test and solve the mystery of the Tollund Man: a body preserved in a bog for many thousands of years. This activity comprises teacher instructions, background information and images, KW chart, student planning and evaluation worksheet. Purchase Issue 12 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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Indigenous Civil Rights Resource Bundle

Indigenous Civil Rights Resource Bundle

How were Australia's Indigenous people once treated by the white public, the government and the law? Use the Indigenous Civil Rights Resource Bundle to answer this question and engage your students in a study of how Aboriginal Australians experienced democracy in decades past. Australian Curriculum Links: ACHASSK135 This resource is delivered as a 12 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 600-word article entitled Indigenous Civil Rights targeted at a 11-14 year old audience. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above story to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- and Post- reading quiz to assess reading comprehension. ✓ Tri-level question guide about the above article. ✓ KW Chart to determine questions for inquiry. ✓ Treatment of Victimised Peoples comparison activity. ✓ Events in Indigenous Civil Rights sequencing activity. ✓ An Important Event in the Civil Rights Movement worksheet asks students to research one event from the above sequencing activity and describe its significance to the civil rights movement. Purchase Issue 08 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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Trojan War Resource Bundle

Trojan War Resource Bundle

Does any truth lie beneath the myth of the Trojan War? Use the Trojan War Resource Bundle to ponder this question and engage your students in a wider study of ancient Greek beliefs and practices. Australian Curriculum Links: ACDSEH036 This resource is delivered as a 12 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! ✓ Entertaining 650-word article entitled A Horse for Troy targeted at 11-14 year old readers. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above story to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- & Post-Reading Quiz for analysing prior knowledge and reading comprehension (answers included). ✓ Myths, Legends, Fairytales & Fables worksheet ✓ Character Concept Map worksheet ✓ Trojan War Story Board template Purchase Issue 13 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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The Middle Ages Resource Bundle

The Middle Ages Resource Bundle

Explore just how perilous life in Medieval Times really was! Use the Life & Death in the Middle Ages Resource Bundle to engage your students in a study of this era. Australian Curriculum Link: ACDSEH008 This resource is delivered as a 13 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! ✓ Entertaining and informative 1500-word article entitled A User's Guide to Dying in the Middle Ages targeted at readers in Years 7-8. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above story to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- and Post- reading quiz to assess reading comprehension. ✓ Tri-level question guide about the above article. ✓ Cartoon Analysis worksheets asks students to think critically about a humorous cartoon relating to the article. ✓ Figures of the Middle Ages Worksheet ✓ Figures of the Middle Ages Profile activity ✓ Instructions to play some Medieval games in the classroom Purchase Issue 11 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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Gallipoli Resource Bundle

Gallipoli Resource Bundle

What was it like to participate in the Gallipoli campaign? Use the Gallipoli Resource Bundle to encourage students to approach this topic with empathy and respect, and gain an understanding about the where, who and why of the Gallipoli campaign. Australian Curriculum Links: ACDSEH095 This resource is delivered as a 18 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! ✓ Emotive article entitled Stories from Gallipoli targeted at a 12-15 year old audience, compiled from real diary entires and letters by ANZAC and Turkish soldiers and nurses who were involved in the campaign. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above story to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- and Post- reading quiz to assess reading comprehension. ✓ Gallipoli KW Chart helps to obtain questions for inquiry. ✓ Mapping World War I guide includes a number of maps to help students locate and visualise where the war took place. ✓ Why Gallipoli? activity. ✓ Gallipoli Sensory Chart asks students to put themselves in the shoes of a soldier at Gallipoli. ✓ Gallipoli Terrain activity. ✓ Gallipoli/World War I Inquiry Planning Chart. Purchase Issue 14 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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Feudal Japan Resource Bundle

Feudal Japan Resource Bundle

What were the social classes that made up Feudal Japan, and what was life like for those living within them? Use the Feudal Japan Resource Bundle to answer these questions and engage your students in a study of this era. Australian Curriculum Link: ACDSEH012 This resource is delivered as a 14 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! ✓ Entertaining and informative 600-word article entitled Characters of Feudal Japan targeted at readers in Years 6-8. ✓ KW Chart template to find out what students know, and what they would like to know about Feudal Japan. ✓ Shogunate Japan Timeline worksheets asks students to match the period with the time span and to list key characteristics of each. ✓ Cartoon Analysis worksheets asks students to think critically about a humorous cartoon relating to the article. ✓ Feudal Classes: Japan vs. Europe Comparative worksheet ✓ Feudal Classes PNI Chart worksheet ✓ Feudal Society: Japan vs. Europe Comparative worksheet ✓ Haiku Poem Planner worksheet Purchase Issue 21 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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Marco Polo Resource Bundle

Marco Polo Resource Bundle

Who was Marco Polo? And what did the world learn from his travels? Use the Marco Polo Resource Bundle to engage your students in a study of exploration and the Mongol Empire, where Marco Polo spent most of his travels. Australian Curriculum Link: ACDSEH079 This resource is delivered as a 12 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 650-word article entitled Fact or Fib? Marco Polo's Adventures targeted at readers in Years 6 to 8. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above article 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 Marco Polo's expedition. ✓ Marco Polo Cloze Activity ✓ Marco Polo Timeline Activity Purchase Issue 19 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
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