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I am a Humanities and Social Sciences teacher in regional Western Australia. I am only in my fourth year of teaching so I still (and always will!) have lots to learn! I am back into teaching after travelling around Europe for six months learning about the incredible History the land holds.

I am a Humanities and Social Sciences teacher in regional Western Australia. I am only in my fourth year of teaching so I still (and always will!) have lots to learn! I am back into teaching after travelling around Europe for six months learning about the incredible History the land holds.
Democratic Freedoms
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Democratic Freedoms

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A lesson of work including a PowerPoint presentation and a worksheet. The lesson content is an overview of the five main democratic freedoms (speech, assembly, association, religion and movement). The lesson is includes differentiated questions, in addition to a case study with a video and review questions. The lesson also includes an extension task of a news article and an analysis question.
Plate Tectonics Jigsaw
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Plate Tectonics Jigsaw

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Students cut and paste the puzzle pieces to create a map showing the major plate tectonics of Earth. A great activity for low ability students, or an early finisher activity to extend the understanding of visual learners. Plates will glue into a small rectangle but will not fit together perfectly. This reflects real world conditions of plate tectonics.
Year 8 History Skills Booklet
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Year 8 History Skills Booklet

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This booklet contains activities to practice basic skills used in History. It can be used for all middle school years but it has Year 8 Black Death content. A great intro to History units :)
Causes and Symptoms of the Black Death
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Causes and Symptoms of the Black Death

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One hour long (longer to finish the research section), fully resourced lesson about the causes and symptoms of the Black Death. Worksheet encourages students to analyse sources to gain information. Worksheet is differentiated with extension and research questions. This is the second out of a progression of three lessons about the Black Death. See my shop for the others!
Introduction Activity - Autobiography Island Map
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Introduction Activity - Autobiography Island Map

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Get to know your students with this great Geography activity! Students practice their skills in BOLTSS and introduce themselves through a beautiful piece of artwork that can be displayed in the classroom. I use this in my highschool classroom as an activity in the first week of school and students respond well.
Crime Scene Investigation
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Crime Scene Investigation

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This resource is a series of lessons that challenges students to solve a crime using the evidence left at a crime scene. Lessons go through and analyse each piece of evidence and students put together a story of what happened. It is quite simplistic and designed for primary school students or high school students with low abilities or learning difficulties. It can be an easy and fun unit of work for average to high ability students too. It links easily with the Year 8 and 9 Civics and Citizenship curriculum (Australia). My students enjoyed this unit of work at the end of a term.
Origins and Spread of the Black Death
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Origins and Spread of the Black Death

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An hour long (can be extended to fully complete research task) fully resourced lesson. Included is a PowerPoint and a worksheet. Worksheet is differentiated with extension and research tasks. Encourages students to analyse primary and secondary sources to gain information about the origins and spread of the Black Death, including mapping the origins and accounts of the spread through Europe. This is one lesson of a progression of lessons for the Black Death. Please see the rest of my resources for the following lessons about the Black Death!
Advocate For Change - Year 8 Civics and Citizenship
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Advocate For Change - Year 8 Civics and Citizenship

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A research and production assessment that for students learning about the Power Of People in democracy. The resource is differentiated with choices for students to showcase their strengths in the final product. Students work through the booklet which supports the inquiry process including a marking key, planning, research, and creating a poll, and drafting their final advocacy plan. Students then create the final product. I got my principal to come and judge their final products for most effective advocacy, which students loved!
Harrying of the North
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Harrying of the North

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Fully resourced 1 hour lesson with the option to extend lesson time. Resource includes the story of the Harrying of the North, comprehension and source analysis questions, and a creating activity for a speech or diary entry. My students loved being able to shout in a speech about ‘William The Bastard’!
Medieval Preventions and Remedies for the Black Death
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Medieval Preventions and Remedies for the Black Death

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Differentiated resource to help students analyse and withdraw information from primary and secondary sources. Extension activity accompanied to create and explain their own remedy or cure for the Black Deatg considering the beliefs and perspectives of the people at the time. This is the third of a progression of three Black Death lessons. Please see my shop for the other two!
Medieval Knights  and Coats of Arms
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Medieval Knights and Coats of Arms

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Fully resourced lesson about knights and coats of arms for low ability or younger students. Presentation and place-mat worksheet for students to fill in. Includes a set of templates and symbols and meanings for students to create a coat of arms.
Structure of Earth Labelling Activity
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Structure of Earth Labelling Activity

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Resource includes a labelling worksheet for students of all abilities. Plenty of YouTube videos to put on where students can find the information and fill in the labels throughout the video or students can research the information on the Internet.
Landscapes Research Task
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Landscapes Research Task

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As a class, create a display of a collection of different Australian landscapes. This resource allows students to become experts in one the different landscapes of Australia through a research task for low to average ability students. At the end of the lesson, I have students form expert groups for each landscape and present what they found out about their landscapes to the class.