The cultural diversity of Australians and other nations.
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helping students at stage 3 learn about cultural diversity
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Asian Century

Asian Century | The cultural diversity of Australians and other nations. | Scoop.it
Last week there was a lot of talk about something called the Asian Century and if that's not a term you've heard before it's probably one you will hear again.
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This website shows a global perspective about how the world is about to go into the Asian century and it is therefore very important to educate students on what might be changing for Australia and other nations. This video discusses how the world is always changing and how we need to be able to keep up with the changing cultures. For centuries America has ruled the world but now Asia is getting its turn to have the power and Australia needs to make changes in order to keep up with this change. 

 

This is an appropriate video to be shown to a stage 3 class, at this age they should be able to watch this content, understand it and take ideas away from it. A good learning activity would be to put them into groups and let them predict possible cultural changes and influences on Australia. They can start off by writing down everything they remember from the video eg: Australian schools will need to introduce a new asian language, will Asian cinema (Chinese Anime,Indian Bollywood etc. ) become the main source of entertainment like Hollywood today? Once they have chosen a topic and found examples they can then present it to the class. This can teach them how Australia is influenced my another culture and because of a global change Australia will be going through cultural changes. 

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Harmony Day

Harmony Day | The cultural diversity of Australians and other nations. | Scoop.it
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This is a government website used to celebrate Australias cultural diversity. Harmony day needs to be taught to students in order for them to see how we as Australians want to accept and learn about all cultures. By putting together these emails the students will be constructing sentences using punctuation which is a suitable task for a stage 3 class. 

 

Students can email their friends using the words provided. They can also dress the character next to their message in items from different cultures. This is a great way for the students to learn about the different cultures, they can find out what Chinese people wear in their home country and then dress their character accordingly. This is a fantastic website to demonstrate the diversity in Australia as a whole because the words provided to create the message are all about culture, diversity, harmony etc. The fact that this is on a government website allows students to see how important inclusivity of all cultures is. They can then compare what Chinese people wear in Australia with the outfits that they wear in their own country, showing them how they have to change and adapt their ways when moving to a different country. 

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Multicultural and Indigenous Learning Resources, Cultural Diversity, Child Care Learning Resources, Early Learning Tools - Multicultural Games

Multicultural and Indigenous Learning Resources, Cultural Diversity, Child Care Learning Resources, Early Learning Tools - Multicultural Games | The cultural diversity of Australians and other nations. | Scoop.it
Check these great multicultural games and activities – free culturally diverse student games and activities online
Jade Maloon's insight:

Globalkidsoz is a great website for teachers to use to find resources for teaching kids about cultural diversity. The website gives information about diversity within Australia including Indigenous Art. It also offers information about other nations. It offers Multicultural articles, Global celebrations, testimonials etc. It is a wonderful way for teachers to find information to provide to the stage 3 students. 

 

A game I found on the website would be a great way to 'provide opportunities for students to compare the cultural diversity of Australia with that of other Nations.' Its a way for them to share their existing knowledge and receive new information. Students would make a passport for themselves with their own name and their own picture. Each week they would have to add something new about a different culture or nation, preferably somewhere they have been so that they can include 'first-hand experiences of that particular culture' ie: the food they ate, the places they visited, the people they met etc.They would then swap passports with the other students in the class broadening their knowledge of other countries that they may not have visited.  At the end of the year they would have a passport full of different cultural information and would be deemed a world traveler. 

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Australian Indigenous cultural heritage - australia.gov.au

Australian Indigenous cultural heritage - australia.gov.au | The cultural diversity of Australians and other nations. | Scoop.it
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This is a government website which discusses Indigenous cultural heritage. At stage 3 students will be able to go onto the website and read through it getting interesting facts about the Aboriginal culture and how they have kept it alive. By reading through this website they will be able to 'make connections between Aboriginal peoples today, the importance of the land and the impact of changes bought about in the past 200 years.' 

 

The website talks about the land,diversity, adaption, sacred sites and dreaming stories, performance, visual arts and tourism. Aboriginal people are such a big part of Australia's Rich cultural diversity and they are happy to share their land with other cultures as long as they respect and support the Aboriginal culture. A good way to get students to learn about their perspective is splitting them up into groups and given each group a different topic about the Indigenous people, they can then research the topic, and provide stories and examples to the rest of the class. They will see how rich the Aboriginal culture is and how their connection to their land is so important, and teaching other cultures about it helps them keep their culture alive. 

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Australia - China Trade Hits Home

Australia - China Trade Hits Home | The cultural diversity of Australians and other nations. | Scoop.it
In 2009, in an initiative from ACBC, the Australia China Business Council, a report on The Benefits to Australian Households of Trade with China...
Jade Maloon's insight:

The article is important in showing the Global relationship between China and Australia. Trade between the two countries is helping Australia boost its economy and also is a huge part of changing Australian culture.

 

A great way for them to understand the amount of goods we are receiving from China, is for them to look at the picture of the house provided on this page and then do the same thing using their own house. They can get a homework task where they have to find as many items in their home that say 'made in china' and then draw them in the house (that we provide them). By doing this they will be able to see that a lot of the goods they use everyday come from China. The fact that so many things we use are from a different country shows that we are working with the their culture everyday and their culture is slowly being imbedded into our lives. Students can read through the article and discuss how this is changing Australian culture. They can then research what items China gets from Australia to further their knowledge on the trade relationship. 

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