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FTfs - Clean Energy: Introduction

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Curriculum support materials that explores the theme of clean energy including energy efficiency and eight different types of renewable energy in Australia.
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FTFS is a website which provides teaching resources across many areas of the curriculum and stages. Clean Energy is a section that is specifically for upper primary students and provides teaching resources on sustainability. The website provides teachers with lesson plans and activity ideas, and includes ITC resources such as videos. This resources links to the HSIE syllabus content strand of role and responsibilities as Australian and Global citizens, in the way that it addresses current environmental issues and offers students a way to play an active role in sustainability. It is valuable in that it provides students the opportunity to engage in local issues and examine ways to work towards a sustainable future Gilbert & Hoper (2014, p. 300). Students learn about the role they can play their school, home, local community and globally to become energy efficient. Their responsibility as an Australian and Global citizen is to take care of the environment they live in.

This resource also allows for the other elements of the curriculum to be integrated such as English and Mathematics. English is integrated by including narrative tasks where students write about what the world might be like in 50 to 100 years time if renewable energy solutions are not adopted.

 

Gilbert R., & Hoepper, B. (2014). Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences : History, Geography, economics & Citizenship in the Australian Curriculum (5th ed.). South Melbourne, VIC: Cengage Learning Australia.

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rightsED_Bringing_them_home.pdf

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Bring them Home is a teacher resource which looks at the separation of Aboriginal and Torris Strait Islanders children from their families. It allows teachers to unpack the big idea of human rights and the rights of Australian citizens. As stated in the resource, the teaching activities are intended to help students gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding the forcible removal of Indigenous people in Australian history. Through literature, videos and group discussions students learn about Indigenous social justice and the value of community action to address social justice and human rights. The literature suggestions in this resource include books written from Indigenous perspective allowing students to understand Indigenous identity and culture. This resources provides an opportunity for students to unpack historically developed responses to Indigenous peoples and promotes a common purpose of establishing social just society with equity in human rights Gilbert & Hoepper (2014, p. 356). Tasks involving the critical review of literature engage students in literacy skills linked to the Australian curriculum, including English content descriptor ACELT1608 which requires students to identify aspects of literary texts that convey details or information about particular social, cultural and historical contexts. The diverse range of literature also engages students with content that can enrich their background knowledge and enlarge their vocabulary Gilbert & Hoepper (2014, p. 337).

 

English. (n.d.). The Australian Curriculum v6.0 Year 5 Curriculum. Retrieved April 12, 2014, from

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Year5

 

Gilbert R., & Hoepper, B. (2014). Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences : History, Geography, economics & Citizenship in the Australian Curriculum (5th ed.). South Melbourne, VIC: Cengage Learning Australia.

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Australian Citizenship

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This teaching resource for upper primary can be used to introduce students to Australian citizenship and enable students to explore and celebrate Australian citizenship. It teaches students about the citizenship pledge and the rights and responsibilities Australian citizens hold. The resource provides teachers with class activities which link to the Social Systems and Structures content strand of the HSIE syllabus. The activities include a range of learning approaches such as collaborative, oral presentations, and the use interactive learning using websites. Many of the activities in the resource such writing a critical reflection or creating a presentation engage students in cross curricular learning by integrating literacy. Presentations for example link to ACELY1700 a content descriptor for English within the Australian Curriculum. The critical reflection task creates an opportunity for assessment in the form of self-evaluation, giving students the ability to independently evaluate their own learning. The inclusion of ITC resources allows students interact with a variety of resource such as websites and videos in a safe way as all resources have been develop for students in relation to their age group.

 

English. (n.d.). The Australian Curriculum v6.0 Year 5 Curriculum. Retrieved April 12, 2014, from

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Year5

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Refugee Journey

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We often hear stories about people coming to Australia as refugees, in search of a better life. But what we don't hear much about is the long journey they took. You're about to hear the story about a young guy who escaped a country at war. Here's Tash.
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The Refugee Journey is a video from Behind the News that depicts the journey of an African refugee Johnson who made is way to Australian with his family. The video is from Johnson’s perspective he describes his life in Africa and his achievements since moving to Australia. The video shows Johnson receiving his Australian citizenship and depicts what Australian citizenship means to Johnson. This resource can be used to teach students about the role Australia plays in helping people from other countries such as Sudan. It also allows teachers to unpack cultural diversity in Australia, as well as exploring the rights of Australian citizens in comparison to other countries around the world. Teachers can take Johnson’s experience of being a refugee and moving to Australian where he set up his own organization to help children in Africa to inspire students to consider their role as a global citizen. An activity for students may involve creating a website for their own support organization or creating a news report on another African country in need of support. A video news report by the students would be a way for teachers to assess their knowledge, research skills and oral communication. Assessment by teachers as well as peers would be an effective way to determine whether the learning has been achieved. In addition this resources also enables teachers to integrate other curriculum areas such as geography and literacy. 

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Get Voting - School elections

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The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has produced a range of downloadable resources for running school elections. The resources model good democratic practice and address outcomes in the Social Systems and Structures strand of the HSIE K-6 Syllabus.

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Get Voting is an excellent teacher resource for school elections. It provides teachers with the guidelines, templates and forms to run a school election in a simple and easy to use format. Students can actively learn about the electoral process by creating and participating in the voting process. Through active participation in this process students are also learning about their voting responsibility as an Australian citizen and the value of voting.

This resources links to the social systems and structures strand of the stage 3 HSIE syllabus SSS3.8. Activities to engage students with electoral process include students taking responsibility for counting and analyzing votes. These activities allow for the integration of numeracy to the learning experience, in particular the content descriptor ‘data representation and interpretation’ for mathematics can be addressed.  

The use of the teaching pedagogy active learning makes this teaching resource is so valuable. As described by Vygotsky’s constructivism theory the active learning and social learning of children creates a more meaningful learning experience. This resource can be use to link to the introduction of human rights and the history of Indigenous peoples right to vote.

 

Mathematics. (n.d.). The Australian Curriculum v6.0 Year 5 Curriculum. Retrieved April 12, 2014, from

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Year5

 

Kozulin A. 2003. Vygotsky’s Educational Theory in a Cultural Context. Retrieved from http://books.google.com.au/books?hl=en&lr=&id=mfCHutwHT ;

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