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CCES1 requires students to demonstrate knowledge of their own heritage and the heritage of others – a shared history, a series of events and stages that have lead to the Australia we now live in. As such, the linked resource is an e-book designed to provide students with an awareness of major events in the history of Australia and the implications of these events in modeling our nation. This book is a particularly helpful resource for teachers as it provides a page of teacher notes before continuing with 3 pages for students. The teacher’s notes include suggestions for further exploration activities that allow for widening the scope of knowledge by investigating similar people or events. Furthermore, this resource provides assessment ideas for the teacher as it has a series of multiple-choice quizzes for each topic (pp. 98-109), which allows the teacher to gage if the students have understood foundational concepts before moving on.
Another helpful tool in this resource is a timeline of major Australian and world events from 1788 to the present, which could be displayed in the classroom to remind students of their learning and create a literacy-rich classroom. Tyson (KimberlyTyson, 2013) suggests that a literacy-rich environment is particularly important for Early Stage 1 learners as it “provides a setting that encourages and supports speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a variety of authentic ways – through print & digital media” (para. 2).
Moreover, this resource could be adapted for a series of IWB lessons in which children are called to become active participants in the classroom. For example, the activity sheet on page 4 requires students to circle traditional Aboriginal foods – an activity that could be completed through class collaboration and the use of the IWB markers. Alternatively, a drag-and-drop activity could be undertaken with the work on page 7 that requires students to match sentences to the correct weapon or tool. These are just a few ideas from the many interactive educational opportunities this resource provides!
KimberlyTyson. (2013). A Literacy-rich classroom supports the common core. Retrieved March 30, 2014 from http://www.learningunlimitedllc.com/2013/01/literacy-rich-environments-support-the-common-core-infographic/