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Australia Day

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  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.

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Anzac Day Websites

Anzac Day Websites | HSIE: Origins of Important Days and Holidays | Scoop.it
Lists of Anzac Day websites for classroom use, including links to Gallipoli history, photographs, worksheets and other lesson activities.
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  This website has a multitude of links to information about Anzac Day and for use as resources for teaching including interactive activities. This site provides an alphabetical index of useful links as well as a list of pages related to significant elements of Anzac Day. The website contains extensive links to multiple sources of information about Anzac Day that will help teachers fill in any gaps that they have in their knowledge about the day and relevant themes. The site is mostly focused on providing resources for classroom activities and assessments. Such resources include basic information about Anzac Day, including a short history written in simple and clear language, as well as other links covering many different aspects of the day, such as information about important symbols and the relationship between indigenous Australians and Anzac Day. One of the useful interactive activities provided involves placing the correct military conflict on a timeline. Another incorporates some mathematics by asking students to complete a join the dots activity that relates to counting the number of poppy badges arranged on a page. The most useful features of this site for teachers are the extensive ideas for lessons and classroom activities including many craft activities, puzzles, worksheets, cloze activities, colouring books, quizzes and interactive activities and videos. These resources can all be downloaded and are applicable for all ages in primary school.

 

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Multicultural and Indigenous Learning Resources, Cultural Diversity, Child Care Learning Resources, Early Learning Tools - Global Kids Oz, Multicultural Teaching Resources

Multicultural and Indigenous Learning Resources, Cultural Diversity, Child Care Learning Resources, Early Learning Tools - Global Kids Oz, Multicultural Teaching Resources | HSIE: Origins of Important Days and Holidays | Scoop.it
We support & promote Multiculturalism In Schools by the supply & distribution of valuable Multicultural resources to the educational sectors.
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  This website provides a wealth of information about various important cultural days and holidays. It contains a calendar of important days from all over the world and provides an overview of many of these days. For example it provides information on the nature and origin of such days like Waitangi day in New Zealand, Chinese New Year and for how Christmas is celebrated around the world. The information provided discusses the importance of these days to different peoples and their communities (CCS1.1) and how such days have developed over time (CCS1.2). The site also provides many articles on multiculturalism and diversity that ensures connectedness “to the world beyond the classroom” (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2014, p.69) and includes video testimonials of several students on what Harmony day means to them (Gilbert et al., 2014, p.69). The website provides different sections on various important cultural days and gives several suggestions for classroom activities and lessons relevant to each of these days and events. The Christmas around the World part of the website suggests some great ideas for lesson activities for children to learn how people celebrate differently such as making some of the various objects that are used in such celebrations. All activities suggested are simple enough for Stage 1 students to complete and could be a more enjoyable alternative to simply reading and writing about these celebrations.

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Australia Day/Invasion Day?

Australia Day/Invasion Day? | HSIE: Origins of Important Days and Holidays | Scoop.it

* Most Australians celebrate Australia Day as the day Australia as founded. In contrast indigenous Australians mourn theri history and

call it 'Invasion Day' *

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  This website provides an aboriginal perspective of Australia Day. Firstly it gives a description of the history of Australia Day and explains the celebratory nature of Australia Day and the otherwise enjoyable things that happen on the day. It then provides a specific section on the aboriginal perspective of Australia Day and gives examples of the different names that aboriginals have given to the day such as ‘invasion day’ and survival day’. The website explains that the aboriginal tradition of marking the day in its own way has historical continuity dating from when it was given the name ‘Day of Mourning’ by William Cooper, a member of an organisation known as the Aboriginal Progressive Association, in 1938. It gives a personal insight in the form of personal perspectives from several indigenous people. This includes several statements by aboriginal people of various ages that give their personal reflections on the nature of Australia Day and why they use a different name for this day (CCS1.1, CCS1.2). Through these perspectives this site demonstrates the central place of identity in the lives of indigenous Australians (Gilbert, Hoepper, 2014, p.346). The content on this site is somewhat above the Stage 1 level however the website would be extremely useful for teachers to deepen their understanding of the reasoning behind and the nature of aboriginal perspectives of Australia Day. The site also provides information relating to other important days for indigenous Australians. For example it discusses Kevin Rudd’s apology to the stolen generation as well as providing links to some timelines of aboriginal history. It is important for children to understand and know about the hostory of and the important days for aboriginals and Torres Strait islanders as the original inhabitants of Australia. In terms of a lesson activity, students could be provided with cards that have significant events written on them that relate to aboriginal history and cards with the appropriate dates and students could be assisted to link them together. Once this is completed students could be asked to write down what they think the event or day means to indigenous Australians.

 

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Harmony Day

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  This website explains what Harmony Day is, what its purpose is and gives some relevant statistics about the day and the extent of cultural diversity in Australia. The website discusses how we can celebrate Harmony Day and it provides sections for schools for both students and teachers with multiple resources. It has several sections covering the different elements of Harmony Day. The most valuable part of the site for teachers is the extensive list of lesson ideas, lesson plans and lesson activities found in the ‘For Schools’ section. Teachers select the ‘For Teachers’ sub heading and can pick the appropriate teaching level from a list that includes early childhood, primary and lower secondary. The primary level section is divided up in to separate subjects including, English, Mathematics, History, Arts, Languages, etc., under which the relevant ideas, plans and activities are listed. The site also provides several resources including downloadable paper chains, paper balloons and ‘clickety clack’, which can all be printed out. The website also provides a couple of apps that could help teachers create an exciting interactive lesson. An interesting lesson idea could be asking students to talk about their own cultural background and the importance of particular events, celebrations, festivals and days that are relevant to that background and they could be asked to bring in an item from home that reflects this background. I think that learning about Harmony Day is essential for students growing up in Australia today as the country has become more diverse than at any other stage in its history. This site is a valuable resource for teachers as it provides a wealth of information about Harmony Day itself as well as giving teachers many examples of activities and ideas for lessons that introduce students to the concept of diversity.

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