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These links will assist teachers in finding useful and appropriate online resources for the HSIE curriculum, focusing on SSS1.7
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Where do my meals come from? (5-8 years) - Food a fact of life

Where do my meals come from? (5-8 years) - Food a fact of life | Resource Systems in the home | Scoop.it
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Introducing technology into the lives of young learners is an essential skill needed in this day and age, it is also a very interesting and interactive tool that teachers can include in their lessons to provide engaging and educating lessons.  As discussed in Literacy 4th Edition by Winch (2010), the use of ICT in the classroom is an essential element of the modern learning environment, “supplementing traditional programs with ICT has numerous benefits by transmitting information to students and providing discussion forums.” (Winch, 2010, pp.400)

 

This resource provides many useful activities, videos and fact sheets that can be used in the classroom. All of the activities on the website are aimed for students aged between 5 and 8 years old which ties in nicely with the stage one syllabus point which is the foundation for this scoop it site. One aspect of the site that would be particularly useful in a HSIE lesson on resources in the home environment and where they come from is the use of interactive games that encourage student learning.

 

Where does food come from? Food a fact of life would provide a great base for a lesson on the origins of food in a primary classroom. It links strongly with the HSIE syllabus however it could be used across various other Key Learning Areas (KLA’s) such as English, Science and Technology, PDHPE and Creative Arts. One example of using the website in an English lesson would be writing a procedure for one of the recipes featured on the page. This would link strongly toWS1.9: Plans reviews and produces a small range of simple literacy and factual texts for a variety of purposes on familiar topics for known readers.  Overall, this online resource would be a great tool to utilise in the classroom for teachers and students.

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Around The World | TIME For Kids

Around The World | TIME For Kids | Resource Systems in the home | Scoop.it
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Incorporating a global perspective into everyday classroom experiences assists students in becoming appreciative and knowledgeable learners. This is particularly important in the KLA of HSIE as it encourages students to develop an understanding of different cultures and their customs and beliefs. Around the world – Time for kids is a useful learning tool for a HSIE lesson as it introduces various cultures to students and educates the learner as to the way people in other countries live. In terms of teaching children about resources in the household, students would be able to see how citizens of other countries live and what resources are available to them. Students would be able to create a list of similarities and differences in the way different cultures live in the current day; this would result in the students developing a basic understanding of global issues such as poverty. This website would be easily adapted to be the basis of other lessons for the KLA’s such as English, students would be able to use the information provided on the website to create an information report or write a narrative.

 

As Australia is a multicultural country many teachers will come across ESL students in their classroom. By demonstrating to these students how important a global perspective is in education, they will be able to contribute a wealth of knowledge and find a sense of belonging and rapport with their peers. Winch (2010) supports this, “Teachers should try and find common ground with ESL/EFL students…the more cultures represented in the classroom, the more resources the teacher has.” (Winch, 2010, pp.643)

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Energy Savers - An energy efficiency resource for teachers and students - Origin Energy Australia

Energy Savers - An energy efficiency resource for teachers and students - Origin Energy Australia | Resource Systems in the home | Scoop.it
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The Origin Energy website provides many useful tools for understanding the concept of and teaching the elements of where energy comes from. The website includes information pages for teachers and students as well as interactive resources and simple videos that would be suitable for a stage one or higher classroom environment. For students, the website has an educational game where 'Energy Bob' is on a power quest to reduce a household's energy consumption. The game is interactive, engaging and educational as it teaches students the importance of energy conservation whilst being fun. The website has strong links to the HSIE syllabus in relation to how resources are used in the household and where these resources originate however, it can also be used across other KLA's such as Science and Technology as it provides basic information about where electricity and other forms of energy originate in suitable ways for the primary classroom. In addition to the many useful teaching and learning tools that the website provides, it also promotes a special link for teachers to receive a free educational pack for their classroom which contains a poster, stickers and an entire unit of work based on the topic of energy. Overall, this website is a fantastic online tool for teaching and students, which would positively contribute to educating students on the topic of resources in the household.

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Indij Readers

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Incorporating an Indigenous perspective in the classroom is “seen as a future-orientated course of action permeating the business of the school and premised on respecting and reconciling relationships with Indigenous Australians.” (Gilbert, 2011, pp.388) A website such as this one, Indij Readers, provides teachers with a reliable and valuable learning tool which could be utilised in the classroom. The website has been created by an Aboriginal charity that “works in partnership with Aboriginal people, Aboriginal communities, organisations, agencies, non- government agencies and organisations, and education and learning institutions in the development of both traditional and contemporary story”. (Indij Readers website) Due to the strong ties with the Indigenous community, this website would prove to be a useful tool for teachers in finding resources which can be used in the classroom to include an indigenous perspective across various KLA’s.

 

This website provides links and overviews of recently released and useful Indigenous picture books that are suitable for the primary classroom. Some of the books can be viewed online however others need to be purchased by placing an order on the website. The link provided goes directly to a book titled, “Bush tucka, good tucka” and was written by students and Indigenous members in Mt. Druitt. It is about a day in the life of an Indigenous family in the current day and age, which relates well to the HSIE topic of resources in the household. Picture books such as this one would also be a great tool across other KLA’s such as English and Creative Arts as they have strong links to literacy and vibrant artworks.

 

In addition to the useful literacy resources which this website provides, there are also contact details provided to potentially organise a visit from an Aboriginal Elder or community member to your school which is an invaluable asset to any classroom. “For some teachers, community consultation can be initially daunting. Community consultation may require skills and understandings not normally demanded of teachers, particularly in relation to community protocols.” (Gilbert, 2011, pp. 390) This website provides a great channel into the Indigenous community which is easy accessible for teachers. The website informs the reader of the intention for the charity to better the outcomes of Indigenous students as well as educating all students about the Indigenous culture which is shared by teachers. This website is a valuable online tool that is great for teachers as it provides links and information as well as contact details for Indigenous community members, it assists teachers in promoting an Indigenous perspective into their classroom.

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Primary students — Sydney Water

Primary students — Sydney Water | Resource Systems in the home | Scoop.it
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Evaluating a website for its authenticity and user friendliness is essential when considering whether or not a website will be useful in a classroom environment. Winch (2010) confirms that it is “essential to carefully vet for sustainability and availability, so that students are not confronted with inaccurate, slanted or mischievous information.” (Winch, 2010, pp. 406) For the aforementioned reasons, the website provided as a learning tool by Sydney Water is a suitable website for the classroom as it is extremely user friendly and uses vocabulary suited to young children as well as providing accurate information on the history of water in Sydney, the lifecycle of water and why water is important to everyone.

 

The website offers teacher resources including detailed lesson plans, a song and worksheets for all stages which can be used across various KLA’s such as HSIE, English, Mathematics and Creative Arts. Students can also benefit from the online resource through interactive games and fact sheets about the lifecycle of water and take a virtual tour of the Sydney desalination plant. This interactive feature allows teachers to bring the desalination plant to the classroom, which is a great alternative to taking the class on an excursion.  Overall, this website offers multiple benefits for the primary classroom in an engaging and informative way. Creating a unit of work using all of the useful resources that this website offers would cover many KLA’s and prove to be productive and advantageous.

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