HSIE ES1. Cultures: Celebrations and Special Events.
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Primary Programs | Observatory Hill EEC

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This website provides teachers and schools with ideas, activities and excursions appropriate for Earth Hour celebrations. Earth Hour is an all-inclusive project that gives everyone an opportunity to celebrate our environment and contribute to its care. 

 

Earth Hour teaches students about their immediate environment and global awareness, and provides HSIE teachers an opportunity to include all of the HSIE content for ES1. Outcomes relating to Change and Continuity, Cultures, Environments and Social Systems and Structures can all be addressed through students participation in Earth Hour activities. (CUES1-HSIE).

 

Providing activities for inside and outside the classroom, teachers can gather ideas on how to involve students in participating in this special event and then cater that to be relevant to the students immediate environment. One teaching idea could include investigating the school grounds and identifying the positive and negative impacts of humans and the environment, then create a poster in class outlining how the class has agreed to observe Earth Hour at home and at school. Students could then 'sign' the poster by adding their handprint in paint (APST 3.3.1).

 

I believe Earth Hour is a great opportunity to expand on the teaching and learning experience in K-6 HSIE. What students and teachers do to participate in celebrations for Earth Hour can be designed by teachers and students together to provide a relevant experience for the class.

 

Due to the flexible nature of Earth Hour, teachers could make appropriate links to Literacy and Numeracy strategies for ES1. eg(ENe-11D).

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Christmas Fun -- whychristmas?com

Christmas Fun -- whychristmas?com | HSIE ES1. Cultures: Celebrations and Special Events. | Scoop.it
Lots of Christmas Fun, Games and Activities! There are pictures to color in, Christmas Karaoke, Christmas Puzzles, Make a Magi and lots of yummy Christmas Recipes.
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This website could be used by teachers in class to help communicate and compare cultural similarities and differences to do with traditional celebrations (CUES1 - HSIE).

 

 A fantastic place for kids and teachers to explore how Christmas is celebrated at home and around the globe. Family friendly and easy to navigate, this website uses clear and simple information to provide an overview of cultural differences and similarities to do with celebrating Christmas. Simply click on any countries flag and discover what language, food, clothing, activities and traditions are used within their society.

 

A teaching idea could be to begin with a group discussion on what different cultures are represented by the students in the class, then together create a visual map of the world highlighting the countries represented (APST 4.1.1). Using visual aids, students will get to see where certain traditions originated and where certain clothing, food, greetings and traditions belong. Over the set days/weeks, the class could explore one or two cultures per lesson and conclude with a celebration that includes all of them. Invite students to wear traditional costume and sample foods and activities from the various countries.

 

Teachers could link these activities to literacy and numeracy strategies by including group discussion, looking at different languages and looking at tempo and rhythm in music and song.

 

I believe this is an effective project for use in the classroom to engage students in learning about how their own culture compares to that of their peers and also helps to identify and gather information about cultural diversity. (CUES1 - HSIE).

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Harmony Day 2010 - Everyone Belongs - YouTube

This 30 second Community Service Announcement highlights that together, everyone belongs. Australia is a land of many cultures, Harmony Day is about celebrat...

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A 33 second music video that demonstrates the message of Harmony Day, "Everyone Belongs" (Harmony Day is celebrated on March 21st as a day of respect and inclusivity for everyone who calls Australia home).

 

This fun and contemporary rap song could be used as an effective tool in class to engage ES1 students with the meaning and purpose of Harmony Day and what it means to them (CUES1).

 

 A teaching idea could include watching the video in class and discussing how students could engage with celebrating Harmony Day in their school. For example the video shows ES1 students taking part in creating a poster using different colours to represent cultural diversity. To extend on this idea, students could make their poster a map of Australia and attach painted paper cut-outs creating a visual representation of cultural diversity within Australia.

 

 I believe this clip does a great job at communicating and describing Harmony Day in a colourful and efficient way. The combination of the short length and the 'cool' rap song is ideal for ES1 classrooms and provides an appropriate platform for discussion and creative ideas on how to celebrate Harmony Day. This idea also links to an early stage 1 learning of literacy (BOS. English K-10. ENe-1A).

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Celebrating a first birthday

Celebrating a first birthday | HSIE ES1. Cultures: Celebrations and Special Events. | Scoop.it
Meet Samantha. It is Samantha's first birthday and her Vietnamese family is planning a very special celebration....
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This video looks at how birthdays are celebrated in Australia through the experience of a Vietnamese Australian family planning a first birthday celebration. Students will observe that birthdays are a special event that all people share despite cultural differences and will be given an opportunity to examine the similarities and differences of celebrating birthdays in Australia (CUES1-HSIE).

 

A teaching idea could include viewing the video and pausing at certain points to ask questions such as "How do we know that this is a special event for the family", "What types of food did you eat at your birthday?" and "What did your family do to prepare for your birthday celebration?" After the video engage students in a discussion around the similarities and differences they observed between Samantha's birthday and their own.

Students could then create a calendar for the classroom wall that highlights the month of the year where their own birthday occurs.

 

Using this website and video in class addresses the relevance of Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (Mishra, P & Koehler,M. 2006), which reminds teachers to be aware of emerging technologies and the effects they can have on lessons and students learning. This video provides a visual reference that immediately encourages students to compare similarities and differences with their own experiences.

 

Links to literacy strategies could include communicating with peers in guided activities. (EN3-1A)

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Australian indigenous ceremony - song, music and dance | australia.gov.au

Australian indigenous ceremony - song, music and dance | australia.gov.au | HSIE ES1. Cultures: Celebrations and Special Events. | Scoop.it
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Warning. This resource may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. Australian Stories also contain links to sites that may use images of Aboriginal and Islander people now deceased.

 

An Australian Government website with information on Australian indigenous ceremonies, songs, music and dance. With useful links to indigenous resources and Australian indigenous performers.

 

 A useful resource for teachers on indigenous perspectives of celebrations and special events while demonstrating a respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures (APST 2.4.1).

This helpful website provides information on the role of ceremonies in indigenous culture highlighting the use of story-telling, song, dance, music and art (CUES1).

 

Including a number of useful links to all aspects of indigenous culture, this site is a good starting point for teachers gathering appropriate information for teaching indigenous perspectives in an ES1 classroom (APST 2.4.1)

 

 A teaching idea could include inviting an aboriginal person from the local community to share their experiences with the class or alternatively the class could visit their local indigenous community centre to experience a demonstration of stories, music, dance and art used in indigenous ceremonies. Students could then create their own ceremony at school lead by members of their local Indigenous community.

 In class discussion should include the importance of 'place' in aboriginal culture and consideration of where Aboriginal people feel most comfortable talking about their experiences (BOS Working with Aboriginal Communities.3.2, p20).

 

This idea links to a literacy strategy in that it demonstrates that there are different kinds of spoken texts within Australia. (ENe-6B)

 

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