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Complete units of work, programs and lesson ideas for P-6 AC History
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The Australian Curriculum v8.0 History Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum v8.0 History Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it
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Latest version (July 2015) of AC History.Check out the new General Capabilities Learning Continuum 'Critical and creative thinking'. Direct links to Historical Inquiry.

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, June 3, 2013 10:07 PM

Latest version (2015) includes Senior Secondary and General Capabilities Continuum with links to AC History

Jennifer Ryan's curator insight, August 17, 2013 4:51 AM

As 'the birthplace of Queensland' we should have an important place here. What do you think? If any teachers are interested agneswateradventures.com.au  is a digital history site celebrating ansd recording the people, the place and the stories of the area.

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Challenging History #HTAA16 Day 1 (with images, tweets) · 18maree

HTAA Annual Conference hosted by HTANSW 28-30 Sept 2016 Sydney Grammar School
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Day 1 of the HTAA2016 Conference had many dedicated Primary History sessions...check out the highlights and resources here.
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Voyage Game

Voyage Game | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it
Play the online interactive game based on real convict voyages. Players must make decisions, solve problems and deal with conflicts on a perilous journey across the globe.
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Amazing treasure trove of activities and source materials to help you to further explore the world of 18th and 19th century convict transportation from Britain to Australia. A variety of teaching and learning strategies should be used to assist students to reflect on their own learning. Although these resources focus primarily on history, the Voyage Game has many curriculum connections in subject areas such as English, Mathematics, Science, Visual Arts, Computer Science and Technology as well as the cross-curriculum priorities.

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AISWA Stories of Place 2016

A day of maritime stories linking History, Geography and Literature in and around the heritage precinct of Fremantle Western Australia - with Gary Crew, Mark Greenwood, Norman Jorgensen, Mike and Joy Lefroy - thanks to our collaborative partners- WA Museum Shipwreck Galleries and HTAWA
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So many maritime adventure stories right here on the WA Shipwreck coast - Reflections for a Teacher PL day - Stories of Place 2016 with Gary Crew, Mark Greenwood, Norman Jorgensen, Mike and Joy Lefroy - in collaboration with HTAWA and WA Museum.
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Primary Archives - Schools History Project

Primary Archives - Schools History Project | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it

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Great resources and discussion here that address the challenges of planning rigorous and challenging primary history, with a range of ideas for inspiring teaching and learning in Primary History.
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Dirk Hartog 1616 - 2016, a resource presented by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, HTAWA and the Western Australian Museum

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Dirk Hartog 1616 - 2016, a teaching resource for Australian Year 4 History teachers and students.

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New resources from HTAWA and WA Museum commemorating the 400th anniversary of Hartog's exploration of the WA coastline. Complete learning sequences for Year 4 and Year 3.

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Kelly Sharwood's curator insight, March 6, 2:55 AM

New resources from HTAWA and WA Museum commemorating the 400th anniversary of Hartog's exploration of the WA coastline. Complete learning sequences for Year 4 and Year 3.

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Chatting with the Histocrats: 7 Questions with Author and Archivist Valerie Frey

Chatting with the Histocrats: 7 Questions with Author and Archivist Valerie Frey | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it
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Love this approach to questioning...great seven questions for an historical inquiry.

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Primary Schoool Case Studies in Australian History Mysteries

Primary Schoool Case Studies in Australian History Mysteries | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it
A breakdown of all the case studies for Australian History Mysteries website for Australian Primary and Secondary schools.
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GREAT NEW UNIT FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Aboriginal people lived in all parts of Australia before European settlement in 1788, in very different environments. We know that they learned how to use the environment wherever they were – in jungle, or desert, or river valleys, on coasts, or grasslands, or swamps.
But did they all live in the same way? Eat the same food? Have the same dwellings? Use the same tools? And how can we possibly hope to answer these questions?

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History Enrichment Program at Federation University Aust (Ballarat) (with images, tweets) · HTAVed

Well done to all students who clearly shone through their passion for history and demonstrated their advanced learning during the HEP Highlights Exhibition. Creative and thorough exhibits on display for the large crowd in attendance. Thank you to Federation University Australia in Ballarat.
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Primary years students demonstrating their critical thinking and historical understandings by creating a museum-style exhibit to share with their local community.

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Workmen uncover haunting 100 year old chalkboards in school

Workmen uncover haunting 100 year old chalkboards in school | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it
A US public school has released snapshots of blackboards with scribbles and drawings from almost 100 years ago, after they were discovered earlier this week.
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Evidence of the past and what life (school days) was like 100 years ago.These images would make a fantastic Visible Thinking activity:

What do you SEE?

What do you THINK is going on?

Where to you THINK this could be?

What are you WONDERING about these images?

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Magna Carta an introduction

Magna Carta an introduction | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it
‘to no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice

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AC History Year 6

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Year 1: Present and Past Family Life - TES Australia

Year 1: Present and Past Family Life - TES Australia | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it
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Brilliant selection of resources linked directly to Year 1 AC History Content Descriptors: Present and Past Family Life

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Writing history narratives - PETAA Paper 196

Writing history narratives - PETAA Paper 196 | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it

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This article highlights the importance of conversations between teachers and students in constructing joint texts.

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, February 8, 2015 8:14 PM

Critical conversations help students move from spoken-like to more written-like texts. This article highlights the importance of conversations between teachers and students in constructing joint texts. Scroll down to see the implications of the critical conversations approach for helping students construct historical narratives.


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Critical conversations help students move from spoken-like to more written-like texts. This article highlights the importance of conversations between teachers and students in constructing joint texts. Scroll down to see the implications of the critical conversations approach for helping students construct historical narratives.

 

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Australians All

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The official website of Australian author and historian Nadia Wheatley,
whose titles include the classic picture book "My Place".

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Australians All -Thx @brightsparkler SashaJessop & KayCarroll for reminding us of this wonderful resource #HTAA16
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Enter an Archive of 6,000 Historical Children's Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online Open Culture

Enter an Archive of 6,000 Historical Children's Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online Open Culture | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it
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A fabulous collection of historical stories and illustrations here. We can learn much about how a historical period viewed the abilities of its children by studying its children’s literature.  And the very fact that children’s books were hardly published at all before the early 18th century tells us a lot about when and how modern ideas of childhood as a separate category of existence began.
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Year 2 A significant local site | AC History Units

Year 2 A significant local site | AC History Units | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it

The activities require students to look at how their school has changed over time. Students will also be able to develop their observation and deductive thinking skills by exploring their immediate environment. While the examples used focus on a particular school, the overall approach and most of the activities are readily adaptable for other schools or local sites.

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A fantastic learning sequence using 'Visible Thinking' pedagogy requiring students to Think Puzzle Explore to investigate their local heritage. Also suitable for Foundation to Year 3 students to start the inquiry process and pose questions.

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Location-based learning using Thinklink App

Location-based learning using Thinklink App | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it

Create your own historical inquiry in your own location...this is how one primary school in Western Australia has used a range of apps to create their own Heritage Trail.

 

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Very clever use of technology here by students at a Perth school to take you on an interactive journey of discovery through their local area. Well done @RobinMckean for creating a meaningful and enaging activity to combine AC History, Geography and Technology

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, August 25, 2014 12:41 AM

Very clever use of technology here by students at a Perth school to take you on an interactive journey of discovery through their local area. Well done @RobinMckean for creating a meaningful and enaging activity to combine AC History, Geography and Technology

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ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it

This will give you an idea of how different the same activity can look when child initiated. Shared Reading, Malleable Table, Small World,  Science Table (Exploring Rosemary) and so much more...

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ANZAC day for early learners...so many creative ideas here for pre-school children to explore stories and symbols connected to ANZAC commemorations, without going into the details of wartime.
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HTAA_Primary_Bulletin.pdf

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A useful guide for every primary teacher with practical links to AC History and AC English. The General Capabilities Literacy and Critical/Creative Thinking are also explored and numerous resources and lesson ideas are embedded throughout this article.

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Von Sawers's curator insight, January 22, 8:16 PM

Australian History Curriculum friendly with a good dose of English

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Making (in) History: Learning by Reinvention

Making (in) History: Learning by Reinvention | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it
By incorporating making into the history curriculum, teachers can help students recognize that everything has history, and creatively engage them in reinventing that history.
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Love this idea of incorporating STEM and/or STEAM aspects into an historical inquiry..."Through this small making project, they were exploring the history of innovation and communication. At the same time, they were learning about making electrical connections, how to use tools, and how to troubleshoot their work when it failed..."

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Australian Curriculum History

Australian Curriculum History | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it
From Foundation to Year 7 this board has a comprehensive list of ideas for teaching Australian History. Personal and family histories, present and past family life, the past in the present, community and remembrance, first contact, the Australian colonies and Australia as a nation. See more at: http://www.ricgroup.com.au/categories/society-environment-history/
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So many great teaching ideas here...love this gummy bear activity!

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DSchinks's curator insight, November 2, 2015 5:34 PM

great ideas for all year levels

Von Sawers's curator insight, January 22, 8:17 PM

I too love the gummi bear activity. Making it understandable!!

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Year 6 Federation | AC History Units

Year 6 Federation | AC History Units | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it

This unit presents a learning sequence for Year 6 students to develop their historical inquiry skills by investigating the key figures and events that led to Australia's Federation. Individually and as a group they will produce a range of presentation formats, narratives and descriptions of life at the time of Federation, based on evidence from their examination of historical sources

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The planning of activities has been based around a Multiple Intelligences/Bloom's Taxonomy Grid. Students may be involved in designing their own inquiry by selecting from the range of activities outlined on this grid

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Experimenting with a Flipped History Classroom: Year Two

Experimenting with a Flipped History Classroom: Year Two | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it
History teacher Jody Passanisi reports once again on her flipped teaching experiment again and finds herself "a little less starry-eyed" and more strategic.
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Inquiry learning in action...

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School in the 1940s - History (1,2,3)

School in the 1940s - History (1,2,3) | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it

To help young children develop an understanding of the past, teachers can design a historical inquiry around topics that are relevant to their students (e.g. school, family, toys)

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Great teaching ideas via Kate Smyth:

Use an inquiry approach and pose questions to stimulate prior knowledge and ideas e.g. What was school like in the olden days?

Use primary sources e.g. Watch original film footage or observe historical images or documents

Decode visual sources- e.g. children can take turns to describe what they can see in a picture.

Ask students to identify particular aspects, label different features, write a caption

Ask questions to give an overview of the image- what people can you see? where are they? what are they doing? who do you think they are? why? Are there any letters, words, numbers?

Ask questions to elicit details about the visual source such as- what are they wearing? what are they holding? what sorts of clothes are they wearing? what sorts of hairstyles? what sorts of foods/games/classrooms? What are they doing in the picture? What does the picture tell us about women, race, children, age etc;

 

Analyse primary sources- e.g. compare similarities and differences with school today. Imagine what school will be like in the future.

Provide graphic organisers which allow students to organise their knowledge and ideas. E.g. 'T Chart" (before and now), Venn Diagram (similarities and differences).Address historical concepts e.g. change and continuity, cause and effect, chronology.

 

Teach and use different types of historical language (e.g. language of historical time- 1940s, decade, long ago, in the olden days OR the language of historical processes such as similarity, difference).

Talk about historians use primary sources to find out about the past

Construct an historical narrative about what school was like in the past

Think about what school will be like in the future

 

For further reading:

Cooper, H.(2002). History in the early years.

Husbands, C. (1996). What is history teaching?

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Getting ready for Anzac Day in Australia : a primary school perspective

Getting ready for Anzac Day in Australia : a primary school perspective | Primary History - Australian Curriculum Topics | Scoop.it
Each year teachers and students in Australian schools prepare for ANZAC DAY. This year will be no different.

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Are you ready for ANZAC Day in your school?

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