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Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters

Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters | Primary History for Australian Classrooms | Scoop.it
Teachers, by their nature, are storytellers. You can improve this skillset with seven steps for engaging younger students through narrative.
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A powerful tool in any classroom...."Storytelling is the oldest form of teaching. It bonded the early human communities, giving children the answers to the biggest questions of creation, life, and the afterlife. Stories define us, shape us, control us, and make us. Not every human culture in the world is literate, but every single culture tells stories...." HIStory, HERstory, OURstory...hearing stories, reading stories and writing stories...an essential element in every classroom!

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Primary History for Australian Classrooms
Complete units of work, resources and lesson ideas for P-6 AC History
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HASS | The Australian Curriculum

History is one of four disciplines within the Australian Curriculum Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Learning Area - Who we are, who came before us, and traditions and values that have shaped societies Students explore their own identity, Australia’s heritage and cultural diversity, and Australia’s identity as a nation in the world. They examine the significance of traditions and shared values within society.

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Inquiry skills combined with knowledge (content) and understanding (key concepts) are at the core of historical understandings and 'thinking like an Historian'.

Who we are, who came before us, and traditions and values that have shaped societies Students explore their own identity, Australia’s heritage and cultural diversity, and Australia’s identity as a nation in the world. They examine the significance of traditions and shared values within society.

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Letters unlock child's view of Australia's gold rush - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Letters unlock child's view of Australia's gold rush - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Primary History for Australian Classrooms | Scoop.it

A Bendigo woman hopes her research can help tell the city's gold rush history through the eyes of a child.

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Letters of GOLD...This is an amazing find for great historical inquiry - a rare glimpse at the Victorian Gold Rush era through the eyes of a 12 year old child. An incredible classroom resource exploring child voice (perspective), significance and primary source analysis.
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Using objects and writing - Old and new telephones

Using objects and writing - Old and new telephones | Primary History for Australian Classrooms | Scoop.it

Lynn Cowell's Year 2 class were doing a project on old and new telephones, with the primary aim of developing the children's skills in investigating objects. During the project, I visited the class once a week.

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Fits well with Year 2 History/HASS inquiry - Changing Technology over time - via Historical Association UK
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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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Australian History Curriculum friendly with a good dose of English

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Tales of Times Past

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Tales of Times Past Senior Storytellers are a network of local community branches comprised of voluntary senior Heritage Storytellers. We endeavour to preserve and share with all generations, the richly diverse cultural oral histories, that represent our wider Australian story. These personal stories act as a bridge to reach across the years and offer a lively insight into life, as it was in times past.
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Senior storytellers that come to your classroom...to preserve and share with all generations, the richly diverse cultural oral histories, that represent our wider Australian story. What's not to love about that?
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Australians All

Australians All | Primary History for Australian Classrooms | Scoop.it

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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Year 2 A significant local site | AC History Units

Year 2 A significant local site | AC History Units | Primary History for Australian Classrooms | 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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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, 2016 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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Primary Archives - Schools History Project

Primary Archives - Schools History Project | Primary History for Australian Classrooms | Scoop.it

Via Catherine Smyth
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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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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 for Australian Classrooms | 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 for Australian Classrooms | 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 for Australian Classrooms | 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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Resources for Australian History teachers and students by HTAWA (History Teachers' Association of Western Australia)

Resources for Australian History teachers and students by HTAWA (History Teachers' Association of Western Australia) | Primary History for Australian Classrooms | Scoop.it

Resources for Australian History teachers and students developed by HTAWA (History Teachers' Association of Western Australia)

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Latest edition to this suite of quality resources...This resource has been developed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of WWI and aims to support teachers in integrating 100 years of West Australian history into the HASS curriculum.
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STEAMing into History - Wakelet

STEAMing into History - Wakelet | Primary History for Australian Classrooms | Scoop.it
Teachers as Learners - a day of Historical Inquiry using HASS skills and iSTEM capabilities, exploring the City of Perth.
Friday 17th March 2017 at the State Library of WA. #STEAMhistory twitter chat from the day.
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Interdisciplinary forces at play here - flashback to an amazing #AISWApl that has grown to become a way of teaching and learning for students and their teachers - thanks @rmckean for coming along for the ride...and still going!
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History in the Making

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A collection of Teaching and Learning Programs based on the Australian Curriculum for primary students to wonder about the past by actively engaging in the historical inquiry process.​

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A brilliant new resource written by primary teachers in a collaborative PL project by AISWA and HTAV. The inquiry-based pedagogy in these programs are carefully sequenced to promote high-order thinking skills and historical understanding.
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Experimenting with a Flipped History Classroom: Year Two

Experimenting with a Flipped History Classroom: Year Two | Primary History for Australian Classrooms | 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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What's your story? by Rose Giannone Artwork by Ben Emmerichs

This story directly links to many areas of the HASS Curriculum, but most specifically to the Year 4 History content of 'First Contacts'.
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Location-based learning using Thinklink App

Location-based learning using Thinklink App | Primary History for Australian Classrooms | 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

Via Saturn's curator insight, May 13, 2017 8:48 PM
The idea of cross curricular integration of content and skills is excellent. It would however take significant organisation and collaboration of educators to make learning flow smoothly.
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Voyage Game

Voyage Game | Primary History for Australian Classrooms | 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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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 for Australian Classrooms | 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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ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day | Primary History for Australian Classrooms | 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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Making (in) History: Learning by Reinvention

Making (in) History: Learning by Reinvention | Primary History for Australian Classrooms | 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

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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, 2016 8:17 PM

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