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This file contains twelve different learning experiences for students revolving around the idea of the past and present in Australia. It focuses on four topics – home, play, school and work, all of which are present in their daily lives. Although these activities are aimed at Year 1 and 2 classrooms, these hold great inspiration and can be easily adapted for Early Stage 1 students. Modifications could include additional picture boxes and visuals to assist their expression of what was in the past and present, or using the sheets in conjunction with a picture book that shows comparisons between the past and present. To make it more interactive for students, teachers could transfer a similar template to that in the list of activities (for example: the venn diagram in BLM 2 or the ‘play’ boxes in BLM 4), onto the interactive whiteboard. Further modifications could be made to the now digital resources by providing both words and pictures to be moved around the board into the appropriate spaces. By allowing students to brainstorm and learn together as a class, instead of filling out sheets individually, they can work through literal, inferential and evaluative questions and gain deeper understandings of the changes from the past to present and try to apply this new information to a variety of contexts, inside and outside of the classroom.
There are also multiple avenues in which these activities can link to developing literacy and numeracy skills. Literacy skills including reading, writing and speaking outcomes can be shown through activities including the students reading timeline options out loud on the board, joint contruction of sentences written on the IWB, and mini speeches talking about experiences in the past or present. Numeracy concepts are also practised throughout these through the language being used - namely time (through the use of timelines, numbers in the years..etc), and ordering in sequence.