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Home - Trove

Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more.
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Trove is such an amazing resource for Humanities, run by the state library it is a constantly updated data base of books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives. I found a newspaper clipping on Trove which detailed the arrival in Australia of two of my ancestors in 1850. Teaching students about good reseach skills is so important when the internet is so widely available, I think introducing sites such as Trove when they are doing inquiry tasks is a great idea, the information is accurate and useful.

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Waltzing Matilda

Rendition of Waltzing Matilda, once sung once brass instrumental. Honors for This Video-18th September 2006(YT TIME) #2 - Most Discussed (Today) - Travel & P...
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Historical/Traditional Australian colonial songs are a great way to engage students in the area of history, the songs are really accessable and easy to learn. Students could research the lyrics and find out what they mean; many of these songs use words that are not very common anymore. Students could work in groups and then teach the class a song and explain the meaning. Other songs which would be really useful The Drovers Dream, Click Go the Shears, The Wild Colonial Boy, Botany Bay, The Road to Gundagai, The Old Palmer Song, Bound for South Australia, The Shearer's Dream The Old Bark Hut.

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Alphabet of Nations - They Might Be Giants

Algeria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Dominica, Egypt, France, The Gambia, Hungary, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Libya, and Mongolia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russ...
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This is a really fun song and clip from the band They Might Be Giants, who are so great at creating  really fun and clever pop songs.This could definitely be used in an early primary years class to engage students at the beginning of a unit. Students could be allocated a country from the song to base an inquiry unit on- where are these countries, what are the capital cities of each, what languages are spoken there, what is the traditional foods, customs etc. Students could even make their own songs, finding other countries or capital cities begining with each letter of the alphabet.

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::Global Gardens Of Peace::

::Global Gardens Of Peace:: | Humanities | Scoop.it
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This foundation has a really beautiful goal; to build gardens for children and families in war torn areas. The project has grown from one garden in Gaza, to many other parts of the world. Children in these areas need a safe, clean, serene environment to play to help them grow into respectful, well rounded adults. The gardens represent community, love, frienship and peace.

It makes me more appriciative of the lovely parks in Melbourne.

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World Clock - Stats

During the next minute 250 new babies will be born, more than 100 people will die, and 20 violent crimes will be committed in the United States. The world keeps spinning and the clock keeps ticking.
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Watching this reminds you of how big our world is. This would have to be introduced to students in a very gentle way as some of the information on the clock may be confronting or upsetting so students, however I think it is a very good resource to get students thinking about the vastness of the world and get an idea about how big the population is. This could be used in many, many ways in the classroom- geography, economics, civics, humanities but also for numeracy.

 

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SA teacher revives Kaurna language

SA teacher revives Kaurna language | Humanities | Scoop.it
A school teacher and a linguist in Adelaide have teamed up to resurrect an Aboriginal language once thought to be 'extinct'.
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I think it would be great if more primary schools included an Aboriginal dialect in their curriculums. The LOTE programs in primary levels are not intended to teach students to speak fluently, but more to make them aware of other cultures. An Indigenous studies including learning some basic language would be far more appropriate than some of the LOTE programs being taught in schools. I took 7 years of Italian from prep to grade 6, and barely learnt to count to 10, I would have gained so much more from a study of the different ways of life, customs, language of the Indigenous Australians.

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Homophobic bullying: Why you should stop it

Homophobic bullying: Why you should stop it | Humanities | Scoop.it
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I find it very difficult to read these stories of homophobic behavior in our schools, I cant imagine how hard it would be for victims to cope, especially being at an age where 'fitting in' feels so important. Its a very difficult issue to address, as this article points out many of the attitudes in our schools have filtered down from popular culture, family and the wider community. At the very least schools need to protect students from these hate crimes, take all reports seriously. In primary school years I think there is a huge need to develop empathy and an understanding and support of sexual diversity. If students these issues and lifestyles are openly discussed in a natural way throughout primary levels I think that the homophobic behaviors in later years could be stamped out significantly.
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Introduction - Teachers - Bullying. No Way!

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This is a really useful website for teachers, (also has links for parents and students) providing strategies and resources aimed at stamping out bullying and the best ways to support students. I think that even if as a teacher you do not recognise or register 'bullying' occuring, it is an important discussion to have with students about what to do if they find themselves in a threatening situation or are victimised, also good to educate students that bullying comes in many forms and that all are unnacceptable.

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home.jpg (275x400 pixels) | Humanities | Scoop.it
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Jeannie Baker has made many books in this sculptural style which have the reader looking out from a window and observe the changing world through each page turn. This book shows how a community can change over time, for the better. Baker reveals in her authors note a really interesting perspective about extending our "homes" into the community, "in the past "home" did not just mean a building in which a person lived. Home embraced the streets, landmarks and the special places in the neighborhood". Looking through the book again after reading her reflection, you can see the community becoming more of a home for the female character we watch grow up.

Following reading this book students could discuss themes such as caring for our environment, building a positive/inclusive community and belonging.  An interesting inquiry task could be to investigate their own community and find out how it has changed in the past 20 years.

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Desert Dreamings :: Gallery shop :: Art Gallery NSW

Desert Dreamings :: Gallery shop :: Art Gallery NSW | Humanities | Scoop.it
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Desert Dreaming is a great accessable non-fiction text by Deirdre Stokes. Really great for introducing information text to years 2, 3 and 4 for literacy. The content is thorough and relivant for the Australian classroom as Aboriginal culture is really important and facinating part of our history however is often brushed over or ignored completely.

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Primary teacher resources - Consumer Affairs Victoria

Primary teacher resources - Consumer Affairs Victoria | Humanities | Scoop.it
Resources to help primary teachers with consumer education at Years 5 and 6; teacher notes, student activity sheets linked to VELS economics level 4.
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This is a very useful resource with activities and multimedia which engage students in age appropriate converstations about the economy, consumers. Also great for ideas to cover curriculum areas relating to money and financial mathematics.

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Using Sociodrama to Promote Empathy

How to use sociodrama in developing empathy in school age children.
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I think that it is crucial to establish empathy for others within the classroom. This site has some ideas for activities which center around building an empathetic community of learners.
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Walking with the brave

Walking with the brave | Humanities | Scoop.it
Part documentary, part personal journey,
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Very interesting 10-part series available to watch online exploring Australia's war time history. A good resource for upper year primary levels. Challenging to watch at times, would need to perhaps select sections of this and present information in a sensitive way.
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Alice Turner's comment, October 1, 2013 4:00 AM
This would be a good resource when teaching students about the importance of ANZAC and Remembrance days
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My Country: recited by Dorothea Mackellar

My Country by Dorothea Mackellar http://www.lancescoular.com/my-country-by-dorothea-mackellar.html My Country by Dorothea Mackellar - 1885-1968, written in 1...
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This poem was used in a history unit during my placement, students studied the lines of the poem and discussed the different climates and landscapes Mackellar describes.

The fantastic use of descriptive language in the poem lends itself beautifully  to be used in a literacy unit.

 

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NGV  > Home

NGV  > Home | Humanities | Scoop.it
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There is always something great happening at the National Gallery of Victoria, I saw the exhibition of Monet's Garden a few months ago and was so inspired to learn more about history in France in late 19th/early 20th centuries and about Monet's life  and other artists of his time.

Visiting a gallery is a fantastic inspirational opportunity to begin an inquiry unit to get students thinking outside the classroom and developing interests and curiosities.

 

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Afghan refugee is Young Australian of the Year

Afghan refugee is Young Australian of the Year | Humanities | Scoop.it
Afghan refugee Akram Azimi has become 2013's Young Australian of the Year for his mentoring work with Indigenous youth.
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This is a really heartwarming story. I think that it would do many people alot of good to read about this man and all the good work he's is doing with Indigenous youths. He is doing such amazing and positve things for society, many people do not consider how refugees can enrich our society they are blinded by the negative political spin.

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Explore | Oxfam Australia

Explore | Oxfam Australia | Humanities | Scoop.it
Explore our work and programs at Oxfam Australia.
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Oxfam website provides some really good information various global issues, such as workers rights, fair traid, climate change, health, HIV and aids, sanitation and the worlds access to clean water, and how these issues are effecting many communities. The website also provides information on the various policies and campaignes in place to help those people who are effected by these issues.

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Aboriginal language to be taught in Brisbane school

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A Brisbane school has started teaching a local Aboriginal language, in a bid to engage Indigenous students and close the gap in education.
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Another great story about the celebration of the Aboriginal language. As mentioned in previous post, it would be fantastic if more schools taught local languages. They are so important to our history, and a way to show a respect and to honor Indigenous culture and history.

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Welcome to CERES Environment Park

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Great community park in Brunswick East. Perfect excursion for students to learn more about sustainability and  different ways of living. This would be a great start to an inquiry task on sustainability, recycling, farming, organic food, the ecosystem ...

There is also an organic market here wednesday thru saturday. Students could see different ways to buy groceries, discuss the benifits of buying local, organic produce rather than from the supermarket. This could link in well with an economics unit.

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Teachers, pupils on mission to tackle racism in Australian schools

Teachers, pupils on mission to tackle racism in Australian schools | Humanities | Scoop.it
A new generation of teachers, musicians, pupils and activists teams up to tackle racism in schools.
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An example of a school where racism is a huge problem and the strategies the school has taken to combat this. It is really interesting hearing about the students positive reaction to their new principal. They have really reacted well to his hands on "fatherly" approach. I think this is really nice and something many principals (teachers and school councilors) should probably consider. How often does the principal play a hands on roll in students affairs? get to know the students and their interests ? This principal strategy to tackle racism was to built more of a 'family' community, and he is doing this by getting to know his students, gain their respect and make them feel valued and part of something special.
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This link takes you to some ideas for activities for Are We There Yet? A pictrure book by Alison Lester, fantastic resource in itself. The book has cover to cover detailed illustrations, including annotated maps,cross section diagrams. The story on a road trip around Australia stopping a various landmarks. Really great resource for inspiring and engaging students in further learning relating to geography of Australia, regional weather patterns, landmarks, Aborignial culture and ideas of belonging and 'home'.

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ACTF - Education

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The Australian Children's Television Foundation
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The Australian Children's Television Network provides some fantastic multimedia resources for schools which can lead to many rich cross-curricular activities and inquiry tasks. ACTF also provides resources for engaging students in discussions around self-esteem, bullying and cyber safety.
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Immigration Museum: Immigration Museum

Immigration Museum: Immigration Museum | Humanities | Scoop.it
Moving stories of people from all over the world who have migrated to Australia.
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The Melbourne Immigration Museum is a fantastic educational resource in Melbourne's CBD. The museum offers educational visits where students can learn about the history of immigration in Australia specifically in Victoria. There are many visual elements to the museum which really engage the students. Great opportunities for further learning and reflection back in the classroom, establishing knowledge of reasons for migration and an understanding of different cultures and backgrounds in our community. Great for grades 4 and up.
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Black Ants and Buddhists: Mary Cowhey: 9781571104182: Amazon.com: Books

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This book is a fantastic resource full of learning activities and ideas to create a classroom culture which respects others of different race, culture, beliefs, and opinions. The book offers insights into the challenges of helping students think critically and learn to make connections between their lives, the books they read, the community leaders they meet, and the larger world.
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