ANZAC is the name given to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in the East Mediterranean early on the morning of 25 April 1915 during the First World War (1914-1918).
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ANZAC DAY MEMORIAL - HYDE PARK SYDNEY
This website has a range of activities and informational facts concerning the Anzac Day Memorial in Hyde Park in Sydney which is found on its Memorial page. The website will need to be used carefully for Stage 1 as some of the content surrounding this topic is aimed at upper primary.
Teaching Ideas: Teachers can use this page to begin discussions around importance of past and present people, days and events in the students lives, and how this has impacted upon their lives today. Have class discussion about Anzac Day, what this day means to the students, if they celebrate it and where - have they been to a memorial like this one in their community on Anzac Day? The website also has some great links to some teacher resources (again aimed at mostly upper primary), however it has a great PDF in the classroom activities called 'What does Anzac Day mean to you?' which asks students to write why the day is special, what it means to them and why is it still important today and to draw a picture of Anzac Day.
Teaching ideas: Photo of the memorial up on the whiteboard for students to look at and they can have a discussion about why this memorial was created. What is the purpose of a memorial? What does this memorial signify, what does it mean to you? Have the students ever been there? Why is what those soliders did so important to our lives in Australia today?
Literacy: Children books concerning Anzac Day such as 'My Granddad Marches on Anzac Day' by Catriona Hoy and 'Anzac Day Parade' by Glenda Kane and Lisa Allen, which can be used to introduce this topic after the discussion. Winch (2010 p.91) notes that "The need to use and develop a reader's background knowledge before and during reading is increasingly being seen as vital to effective reading comprehension".
Winch, G., Johnston, R., March, P., Ljungdahl, L., Holliday, M. (2010). Literacy: reading, writing and children's literature (4th ed). South Melbourne: Oxford University Press