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Indij Readers

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This website is an exceptional teaching resource in that it has produced a collection of books which can be used in the classroom for literacy acquisition, exploring Aboriginal culture and assisting with the implementation of Aboriginal perspectives across the Key Learning Areas (KLA’s) of the curriculum. The site collaborates with Aboriginal communities, government and non-government organisations and education and learning institutions.  The resource has three different series of ‘Big Fulla’ and ‘Little Fulla’ books which share the unique journey of Aboriginal Australia from different perspectives and also provide teaching guides to assist in supporting the use of books within the classroom. When learning about people and places within a neighbourhood for early stage one, the ‘Little Fulla’ series provide numerous stories that students can explore and investigate to gain an Aboriginal perspective about local communities and neighbourhoods. A teaching idea would be to use the picture book, ‘In Redfern’ by Anjelica Gordon, Lyall Munro and Jessica Robinson, as a class text and explore Redfern as a local neighbourhood and the people and places within it. A timeline or picture line could be created as a class that shows the changes to places and also the people within Redfern overtime. Understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures provide opportunities for learners to deepen their knowledge about Australia and thus enrich their ability to participate positively in the ongoing development of Australia (ACARA, 2011).

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Kids Next Door -- HUD

This is an interactive website for students to engage and gain an understanding about people and places within a neighbourhood. It is a perfect activity to be displayed on an interactive white board and allows students to come up and click on different places and people and to learn about what they all do for our neighbourhood and community. It can be classified as a multimodal text in that children can make meaning through what is displayed by the screen based text and also the images which link with multimodal literacy. This online resource could be a useful tool to introduce the subject matter: Changes to people and places in the neighbourhood as it can provide a way to build the field of knowledge about places within neighbourhoods and also people within in them and thus their role within them. An assessment idea using this resource would be to invite students to draw a place or person they know in their local neighbourhood and describe verbally to the class what their person or place does in their neighbourhood. A multimodal text allows early learners to be engaged in the lesson through a great deal of talking, listening, observing and viewing with screen modes of images and words (Walsh, 2011, p.24).       

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Jeannie Baker

This website is a great teaching resource as it provides teachers with the opportunity to gain an insight into the themes and focus areas of Jeannie Baker's picture books. In particular the picture books 'Belonging' and 'Window' focus on the changing world within a neighbourhood. These picture books can be applied to the early stage one subject matter: Changes to people and places in their neighbourhood. Jeannie baker refers to both these books as picture poems in that they help students understand change particularly to people and places in a neighbourhood. A teaching idea using either 'Belonging' or 'Window' would be as a class, to go through either story and compare the images throughout the reading commenting on significant changes that have occurred throughout the book in relation to places and also people in the neighbourhood. This teaching strategy provides opportunities for links to literacy especially, visual literacy. Using picture books as a teaching resource can stimulate creative teaching pedagogies such as comparison and discussion activities to occur within the classroom. Studying and analysing pictures within picture books allow new meanings to be explored and thus helps students develop visual literacy which is becoming an increasingly important skill to learn in a world of diverse textual communications (Winch et al, 2010, p.602). 

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PhotoPeach - Photopeach for Education

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PhotoPeach for educators is an online teaching resource that allows teachers and students to create slideshows using a combination of images, music and text. It allows for both student and teachers to explore different ways of presenting topics or ideas while also engaging in media literacy. After studying a local neighbourhood and also the roles of people within that neighbourhood this online resource can be used as tool to present what has been discovered so far in the unit of work. A teaching idea to relate to the subject matter: changes to people and places in their nerighbourhood, would be to use PhotoPeach in a comparison activity of photos both past and present of certain people and places within the local neighbourhood. Photos of certain places within the local neighbourhood could include: parks; hospitals; schools; houses; other buildings and also of people doing jobs in their neighbourhood. Using photography and images to convey ideas and meanings interrelate with visual literacy. In an early stage 1 classroom studying imagery allows students to talk about the images therefore using language patterns related to the images themselves while the prompts of questions from the teacher will create contexts where these language patterns are likely to reoccur. According to Britsch et al. (2012) studying images tailors the interactional routine to the existing capabilities of individual learners and will extend the Zone of Proximal Development with new language functions and structures (p.114). 

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My place, your place | Global Education

My place, your place | Global Education | Changes to People and Places in their Neighbourhood | Scoop.it

My place, Your Place’ is an Australian online teaching resource from the global education website that explores the global perspective across the Australian Curriculum. It provides teachers with pedagogical teaching strategies to teach complex global issues within the classroom for all stage levels. In relation to the subject matter: Changes to people and places in their neighbourhood there are various teaching activities that link a global perspective within this topic area. A teaching idea that can be used and adapted is from “Activity 3: Homes around the World” where students can investigate a variety of homes and neighbourhoods around the world. The resource provides photos of real life homes of children around the globe and invites students to view, discuss and to ask questions about the images. A teaching implication within this activity is the opportunity for comparisons of people and places and also for students to be able to predict and think critically about global neighbourhoods in comparison to their own neighbourhood. To assess this activity, students’ could be asked to draw or list things that are similar or different to the homes and neighbourhoods within the images compared to their own home and neighbourhood. According to Wilson & Murdoch (2006) children in their early years’ show that they are thinking about their world reflectively by asking questions and  they believe that one of the most effective ways to extend young children’s thinking is to make what is happening in their heads visible (p.4).   

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