Thematic Units - Australia

Australia

You will find various Lesson Plans on the top portion of this page..
Further down, you will find Web Sites.
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Lesson Plans

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The Teacher's Corner Resources Aborigines Folk Tale/Myth Evaluation Grades Any
A great project to assess student's knowledge of Australian literature.
At the conclusion of studying a variety of folk tales and myths, students completed this project. The students were assessed on the following information:

-Provided a copy/name of the Folk Tale/Myth read.
-Constructed a piece of Aboriginal Art that represented their Folk Tale/Myth.
-Researched basic facts for the animal/tribe from their Folk Tale/Myth.
-Neatness and Quality of art piece and report.
-Oral Presentation of report.

The difficulty of this project can be adjusted according to grade level.
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The Teacher's Corner Resources Australia Unit Outline Grades Any
Here is a very brief outline that I used for my unit on Australia.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Read Aloud Grades Any
When I did a unit on Australia, I read Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill (Bluegum) by Dorothy Wall during our DEAR time.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Recipes Grades Any
Here a couple of Australian recipes to try.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Travel Brochure Grades Any
At the conclusion of our Australian unit, I had students create an "Australian Travel Brochure."

The following information had to be included in the brochure:
-population
-location
-unique facts
-climate
-people (European & Aborigines)
-activities (ie: sports)
-animals
-historic landmarks/attractions

The students were also assessed on:
-pictures included in the brochure
-neatness & quality
-oral presentation of brochure

The difficulty of this project can be adjusted according to grade level.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Waltzing Matilda Grades Any
Find the music to this great Australian song.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Australia Centers Grades Any
Here is a collection of easy-to-make centers that can be included in any classroom during your study of Australia. If you have questions about any of them, feel free to contact me.

  • Australian Flag
    Students construct their own Australian flag.
  • Australia Puzzle
    Here is an easy way to help your students learn the different territories.
  • Australian Word Match
    Students learn some of the differences in our two languages.
  • Book of Seasons
    Help students understand how our country's seasons are opposite each other.
  • Boomerang
    Students construct their own flying mechanism.
  • Puzzles and Activities
    A great idea to help save paper!
  • Territory Magnet Matching
    Another great way to learn the political properties of Australia and the surround bodies of water.
    Submitted by: Jennifer teach@email-removed

Australia Mini Unit Grades 3-5
This is a 5-day unit that focuses on social studies, but does run through the other content areas. It does a great job of integrating technology.

Australia Poster Grade 3+
"Students will make a poster displaying facts about Australian geography, government, trivia, and history."

Australian Units Grades 5+
Here is a great collection of units. The collection includes: Explorers, Convicts, Gold!, and much more!

Blackline Master Grades Any
Here is a blackline master map to use in your class.

Frontier Education Grades Upper Elementary
"Teacher guides with student activities and historical information about the aboriginal history of Australia from pre-colonial times to the present."

Government... Please Explain Grades K-6
"The lesson plans and supporting student worksheets cover the arguments for and against federation, the contemporary structure and function of the federal government, and finally, processes of influencing the views and actions of others."

Kakadu: Australia's Ancient Wilderness Grades Elementary
"Information and classroom activities for teaching about Australia. Students learn about animal behaviors, and study lightning."

Kanga Curriculum Grades Upper Elementary
This site teaches students about kangaroos and their role in Australian culture.

Thematic Unit Grades Any
Visit this site to find great printable pages.

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Web Sites

Australia Downunder: History of the Aborigines
"Read the fascinating history of Australia's indigenous people."

Australian Animals & Biomes Grades K-12
"When it comes to animals, Australia is unique. For example, it is the only continent on Earth that naturally has all three subclasses."

National Geographic on Australia
Find great pictures and facts, along with the Koala Feature.

National Library of Australia
Discover great information about Australia.

National Museum of Australia
"Get info on this museum in Canberra, Australia's capital city. See a webcam view, learn of its collections, and check out the showcase of online exhibits."

Physical Map of Australia
This National Geographic map was taken from space.

Wicked4kids Australia
"An interactive site for Aussie kids featuring games, jokes and riddles, quizzes, and more. "

Zoom School: Australia
Find information on Australia's animal, folk music, stories, art, and more.

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Books

An Aboriginal Family
by Rollo Browne

Australia (A Ticket To)
by Sean McCollum

Australia (Countries of the World (Mankato, Minn.).)
by Michael S. Dahl

Australia (Country Fact Files)
by Robert J. Allison

Australia (Enchantment of the World Second Series)
by Martin Hintz, Ann Heinrichs

Australia (Globe-Trotters Club)
by Sean McCollum

Australia (Major World Nations)
by Laura Dolce

Australia (Picture a Country)
by Henry Arthur Pluckrose

Australia (Postcards From)
by Helen Arnold

Australia (The Seven Continents)
by April Pulley Sayre

Australia (True Books, Continents)
by David Petersen, James Taft (Editor)

Australia and New Zealand (True Books-Geography: Countries)
by Elaine Landau

Australia and the South Pacific (Mapping Our World, Set 2)
by Fran Sammis

Australia : Countries: Faces and Places Series
by Mary Berendes

Australia : The Land Down Under (Exploring Cultures of the World)
by Jacqueline Drobis Meisel, Jacqueline Drobismeisel

Australia : The Unique Continent (Cultural and Geographical Exploration)
by Arthur Meier Schlesinger (Editor)

Australian Aborigines (Endangered Cultures)
by Steven Ferry

The Australian Outback and Its People (People and Places)
by Kate Darian-Smith

The Biggest Frog in Australia
by Susan L. Roth

Celebrating Birthdays in Australia (Birthdays Around the World)
by Cheryl L. Enderlein

Colors of Australia (Colors of the World)
by Lynn Ainsworth Olawsky, Janice Lee Porter (Illustrator)

Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill (Bluegum)
by Dorthy Wall
(This title is out of print, but you may be able to find it at the library.)

Destination : Australia
by Jonathan Grupper

Down Under (Animal Trackers (Around the World) , No 1)
by Tessa Paul

Down Under : Vanishing Cultures (Vanishing Cultures)
by Jan Reynolds

Here Is the Coral Reef
by Madeline Dunphy

Inside a Coral Reef (Theodorou, Rod. Amazing Journeys.)
by Carole Telford

The History of the Third Parties (Your Government & How It Works)
by Norma Jean Lutz

The Koalas of Australia (Animals of the World)
by Linda George

Look What Came from Australia (Look What Came From)
by Kevin A. Davis

Sydney (Cities of the World)
by R. Conrad Stein, Joan Downing (Editor)

Who's Upside Down?
by Crockett Johnson

Wonderful Animals of Australia (National Geographic Action Book )
by John Sibbick (Illustrator)

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