|Scooped by Will Kennedy|
This website provides a comprehensive overview of what Australia Day is and what happens on the day. It discusses the celebrations, events and history surrounding the day. The website provides multiple examples of primary resources that children may find interesting. The website also provides several different activities that could be utilized by teachers for lesson activities; from simple colouring-in exercises to more complex trivia, question and answer sheets and findawords that relate to Australia day and its origins. The website provides teachers with some excellent interactive activities, specifically the ‘Aussie Clue Cracker’. This activity could be quite enjoyable due to its interactive nature. It involves being given a clue and pictures that relate to that clue. If you click on a picture, a written explanation of what the picture represents is given. Although some of the questions may not be easily answerable by students in Stage 1 the information given after clicking on a picture could provide an excellent springboard into discussing things that relate to Australia appropriate for Stage 1 students; covering important days and events as well as flora, fauna and architecture. The website also provides a link to a resource called ‘True Blue? On Being Australian’ which provides a rich source of learning activities for Stage 1 and upwards, involving lessons that include class discussion and reading and writing activities. The “True Blue?’ resource gives various analyses of what it means to be Australian from a variety of perspectives including that of migrants and indigenous Australians and links these perspectives to suggestions on how they might be used in relation to the classroom context. The ‘True Blue?’ resource has a wide range of content including activities suitable for Stage 1 students. It also provides an extensive range of lesson ideas and questions that could be used to engage students in discussions about Australian identity through the prism of Australia Day.