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Narrative Structure
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This Learning Element enables students to identify the narrative structure and it's function in a narrative, literary devices, characters and the role of stereotypes in literature. Students will write a 'choose your own adventure' story which will be pres

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Creative Writing
  • Prior knowledge: Reading, writing, listening and viewing skills.
  • Age range: 0-9
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Manmade Marvels
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Building Things looks at various tower and bridge structures in Australia and overseas and allows students to apply their constructed knowledge and build their own model.

  • Discipline: Technology/Science/Mathematics/
  • Topic: In this learning element students will learn about towers and bridges and how they are constructed.
  • Prior knowledge: Basic knowledge of well known bridges and towers of the world and Australia and can identify some of these by name.
  • Age range: 4-6
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Luke's Way of Looking - Examining a picture book using the Four Resources Model.
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This Learning Element examines belonging and acceptance through study of visual and linguistic features in a picture book text.

  • Discipline: Visual Literacy, Critical Literacy, The Arts
  • Topic: This Learning Element examines belonging and acceptance through study of visual and linguistic features in a picture book text.
  • Prior knowledge: Students will have a wide variety of literacy experiences from their lifeworlds and school.
  • Age range: 3-6
  • Publisher: Self-published
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One Step Makes a Difference
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The Learning Element is composed of three aspects.  1. Why Buy? -  Exploring our basic needs and wants. 2. Here today gone tomorrow - Understanding our relationship to built and natural environments. 3. Trash to Treasure - living the recycling process.

  • Discipline: Integrated Studies, ICT, Circle Time, School Camp, School Assembly Performance
  • Topic: Sustainable Living and Waste Wise Practices
  • Prior knowledge: What recycling means? What recycling bins look like? Some of the things that can be recycled
  • Age range: 3-5
  • Publisher: Self-published
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NEW BEGINNINGS - WE ALL CALL AUSTRALIA HOME
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  • Discipline: Studies of Society and the Environment, Arts and English
  • Topic: First Fleet, the effects of colonisation by the British Empire and a short history of migration
  • Prior knowledge: Understandings of the continent of Australia, Understanding of basic Choice Theory - needs/wants, How to write a recount, How to write a letter, How to use De Bono Six Thinking Hats
  • Age range: 3-5
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Helping Students Voice Their Opinions Effectively - Debating
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{A summary, synopsis or abstract of the work in teacher professional language} range of texts about individuals who have achieved extraordinary things in their life and how to structure a discursive essay. They will then use that information to write an essay on the theme of inner strength/ motivation and their extraordinary achievements.

  • Discipline: English/ SOSE
  • Topic: Debating
  • Prior knowledge:
  • Age range: 9-9
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Geology and Explanations
Geology and Explanations
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How has the Earth changed over millions of years? What visual images will suit the prupose of my writing? Why is it important for visual images to suit the purpose of the text they are in?  How can I write an explanation text about a given topic?

  • Discipline: English and Science
  • Topic: Explanation texts, Geology
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  • Age range: 10-12
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Media and Advertising.
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This learning element introduces students to some of the industries in the media realm. Students explore the functions of advertising and marketing to specific audiences. They get to use a variety of technologies including computer IT, darkroom skills and radio.

  • Discipline: Arts and Technology
  • Topic: Media
  • Prior knowledge: Basic IT knowledge and exposure to advertising
  • Age range: 7-8
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Lin Yi's Lantern
Lin Yi's Lantern
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  • Discipline: English, Mathematics, Civics and Citizenship and Drama
  • Topic: Living within a community, intercultural understanding
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  • Age range: 8-10
  • Publisher: Self-published
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The Chicken or the Egg?
The Chicken or the Egg?
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This unit fully integrates English (Information, procedure, persuasive, narrative texts and scientific reports), Mathematics (data collection, graphing, measurement and number), Science (life-cycles, survival needs), Geography (significance of the environment) and Media Arts (using media technologies to report).  Students will investigate, incubate and raise chickens from fertile eggs.

  • Discipline: Science, Geography, English, Mathematics, Media Arts
  • Topic: Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive
  • Prior knowledge: Information and Procedure texts
  • Age range: 9-10
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Queenie
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  • Discipline: Literacy, SOSE, Values Education
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  • Age range: 5-6
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Writing Creatively
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This learning element explores creative writing through a range of experiential writing, viewing and reading activities. It includes identifying the key elements of successful writing and critically reflecting on writing. Through cooperative activities students build confidence to share their writing with their peers.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: This learning element explores creative writing through a range of experiential writing, viewing and reading activities. It includes identifying the key elements of successful writing and critically reflecting on writing.
  • Prior knowledge: Knowledge of literary devices such as alliteration, metaphors, similes, personification, onomatopoeia
  • Age range: 15-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Tools for Creative Writing
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  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: This topic will enable students to write a creative essay, focussing on descriptive language.
  • Prior knowledge: The students have studied a range of learning elements covering topics such as: Exploring and constructing images and the narrative beneath, Analysing cultural perceptions and attitudes towards beauty
  • Age range: 10-10
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Ancient Civilizations
Ancient Civilizations
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  • Topic: A study of ancient Rome, Egypt,the Incas, Japan and Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures
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  • Age range: 9-12
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Exploring Values Through Goldilocks and the Three Bears
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In this learning element you will reflect on the story of 'Goldilocks and the 3 Bears' and will talk about the values displayed

 

  • Discipline: Values Education, English, ICT.
  • Topic: Exploring values in a familiar story and making connections to students' own values. Understanding values through analysing Goldilocks and the Three bears with reference to the nine values of Australian schooling.
  • Prior knowledge: Knowledge of the story of 'Goldilocks and the 3 Bears', Knowledge of Smart Notebook, Awareness of circle time procedures, Ability to use a digital camera
  • Age range: 6-9
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Made in Australia
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The learning element explores what it means to be an Australian citizen and to explore their national identity through topics such as Australian music, sport, landscapes in literature, population and immigration, fashion and film.The focus of this learning element is on building students' knowledge and understanding of Australian identity so that they can then choose and explore a topic in depth and present it at a roundtable exhibition to teachers, parents, students and members of the wider community. All students complete the initial activities which introduce the topic of Australian identity.

  • Discipline: Multi-disciplinary
  • Topic: Year 9 Exhibitions
  • Prior knowledge: No prior knowledge required
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Deadly Unna?
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What makes a person decide to do the right thing? How does a person develop a sense of right and wrong, and then make the choice to act on it?

'Deadly Unna?' is a study of how individuals create their own sense of integrity, and the ability to stand up for your beliefs. It uses the novel 'Deadly Unna?' to encapsulate the heroic journey that each individual will face at one time or another, that is to do the right thing, even though it might mean standing up to a friend, family member or even complete strangers. The novel allows for a focus on indigenous culture, as well as racism, through the value of integrity.

The main focus of this unit is to explore different ideas around both integrity and racism. This will be done through the exploration of the novel 'Deadly Unna', by examining the journey of one teenage boy and his desire to do the right thing, despite pressure from both his family, peers, and the community.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Looking at Integrity in Australia
  • Prior knowledge: Australian History and Cooperative Reading strategies
  • Age range: 15-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Analysing poetry using field, mode and tenor
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Students will explore different forms of poetry. They will learn how to examine, discuss and analyse poetry.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: This topic will enable students to respond to, analyse and discuss poetry using Field, Mode and Tenor.
  • Prior knowledge: The students have studied a range of learning elements covering topics such as: Exploring and constructing images and the narrative beneath, Analysing cultural perceptions and attitudes towards beauty
  • Age range: 15-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Housing in Japan: A language and cultural study
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Students will learn about the types and features of housing in Japan including cultural, environmental and lifestyle influences. They will learn to talk about each of the rooms in a house and what the rooms are used for.

  • Discipline: Languages: Japanese
  • Topic: A langauge study of how to describe and discuss housing in Japan. An intercultural study focussing on the influence of culture and lifestyle on Japanese housing
  • Prior knowledge: Students can read and write Hiragana, Katakana and some Kanji. They have recently studied community, directions and locations. They are able to use past and present tense.
  • Age range: 14-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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How does culture influence daily life?
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This learning element is designed to give students an understanding of basic sentence structure in Japanese through the study of daily life in Japan. It was developed as part of the Intercultural Language Teaching and Learning Program and as such looks at daily life from an intercultural perspective of noticing, comparing, reflecting and interacting.

  • Discipline: Japanese
  • Topic: A language and intercultural study of daily life and daily routine in Japan.
  • Prior knowledge: Students know how to read and write in Hiragana, how to form simple questions, statements and comands.
  • Age range: 14-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Exploring Japanese Food and Food Culture
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  • Discipline: Japanese
  • Topic: Japanese food and food culture
  • Prior knowledge: Hiragana and Katakana. How to write letters and ask and respond to questions about what you do every day and what you eat.
  • Age range: Adult
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Whale Rider
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This unit is a film study based upon the 2002 New Zealand film Whale Rider. It looks at Maori culture, linking it to the students life worlds by comparing it to Indigenous Australian culture, and uses aspects of cooperative reading and persuasive writing to allow students access to the film.

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  • Age range: 12-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Society and Culture
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This unit aims to develop students ability to recognise cultural diversity in their personal lives and within the local and global community.  Students will explore how identity is shaped by culture and how people from other cultures have difference perspectives to their own.

 

The focus of this learning element is on developing intercultural understanding by examining cultural influences on students and the local and global community.

  • Discipline: Studies of Society and Environment
  • Topic: Intercultural Understanding
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  • Age range: 13-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Recycling For a Better Place!
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Exploring the effect of rubbish on the environment and exploring ways to reduce these effects through recycling and composting.
  • Discipline: Science and Technology
  • Topic: Exploring the effect of rubbish on the environment and exploring ways to reduce these effects.
  • Prior knowledge: Ability to visually represent responses to texts, questions and to convey thoughts and ideas. Ability to work in groups.
  • Age range: 5-7
  • Publisher: Self-published
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A Healthy Body = A Healthy Mind
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A healthy body equals a healthy mind. What we choose to eat and the way we live (active/inactive lifestyle) can have positive and negative effects on our physical and mental well being. Students will investigate what foods make up a healthy diet and the benefits of sleep, rest and exercise on the body. Students will investigate some of the body systems with a particular focus on the digestive system and what it needs to function successfully.

  • Discipline: Health and Physical Education
  • Topic: A healthy body equals a healthy mind. What we choose to eat and the way we live (active/inactive lifestyle) can have positive and negative effects on our physical and mental well being.
  • Prior knowledge: Working in groups, Writing and drawing responses
  • Age range: 5-7
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Conflict Resolution
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  • Discipline: Literacy, Society and Environment.
  • Topic: Conflict Resolution, Appreciating difference
  • Prior knowledge: Understandings of real life conflict situations. Some prior understanding aggressive, submissive and assertive modes of resolution.
  • Age range: 3-4
  • Publisher: Self-published
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SECRETS OF THE SEA
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An exploration of how marine animals survive in their environment.

  • Discipline: Science
  • Topic: How do marine animals survive in their environment?
  • Prior knowledge: The children already know about some of the animals that live in the sea.
  • Age range: 1-1
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Geography skills
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This learning element teachers year 7 students some of the basic geography skills. It focusses on:

  • the 7 continents
  • types of maps
  • compass points
  • longitude and latitude
  • time zones
  • Discipline: Geography
  • Topic: Geography skills
  • Prior knowledge: n/a
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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What’s for Lunch?
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Exploration of the relationship between predators and their prey, their role in maintaining a balanced environment, and their adaptations for survival.

  • Discipline: Science
  • Topic: Exploration of the relationship between predators and their prey, their role in maintaining a balanced environment, and their adaptations for survival.
  • Prior knowledge: In earlier grades, some of the children have studied Farm Animals and Mini Beasts and Giant Beasts.
  • Age range: 3-4
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Around the Globe
Around the Globe
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This learning element introduces students to the concept of the world being a global village, and as such, societies being interconnected. They also explore the connectedness between the geographical features of different parts of the world and how and why people live in those areas.

Originally written by Chris Melican. It was updated in 2008 by the year seven team (Jo Larkin, Jane Offley, Elizabeth Edwards and Stefanie Pearce). This is the 2009 updated version which incorporates functional grammar.

  • Discipline: English and Studies of Society and the Environment
  • Topic: Geography, History, Research and Critical Literacy
  • Prior knowledge: Visual literacy, Writing, Cooperative Reading, History
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Living Landscapes
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In this unit of work students learn that the world contains many interdependent landscapes categorised by climate. These biomes contain complex and important ecosystems and therefore require understanding and care so that they can to continue to support the vast array of living organisms that exist there. Students also explore ways of giving to their local environment.

How do world climates affect environments? What is the interconnectedness of flora, fauna and humans in biomes? How can we as humans ensure the sustainabilty of biomes? What are the language features and structure of an information report?

  • Discipline: Studies of Society and the Environment
  • Topic: Geography, History, Research and Critical Literacy
  • Prior knowledge: Visual literacy, Writing, Cooperative Reading, History
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Singing Together, Giving Together
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This learning element focuses on the explicit teaching of values (Care and Compassion, Doing Your Best and Respect). The vehicle for teaching these values is the singing outreach program.

  • Discipline: Values for Australian Schooling, Music
  • Topic: Students learn how the values of care and compassion and doing your best can be shown through shared singing. They learn this is community service in practice.
  • Prior knowledge: Students have previously participated in whole school singing and in some aspects of the Music Education Program run by Dr Susan West from the Australian National University.
  • Age range: 4-6
  • Publisher: Self-published
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European Settlement of Australia
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This learning element looks at the settlement of Australia. It also explores Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art to understand the effects of white settlement on Aboriginal Australians. What is important in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art? Why did explorers search for Australia? What was the impact of white settlement on Aboriginal people? What was life like for early white settlers in Australia?

  • Discipline: History, English
  • Topic: Australian Settlement
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  • Age range: 8-10
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Mental Health
Mental Health
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  • Discipline: Learning for Life
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  • Prior knowledge: Nill
  • Age range: 14-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Hatchet - Novel Study
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This learning element focuses on developing students reading skills and understanding of the range of different strategies that are used by effective readers.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Literature Study
  • Prior knowledge: Co-operative Reading, PEC paragraphs
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Respect and Responsibility: Caring for our Flora
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Students will learn why and how we should care for plants. They will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the different parts of plants and why they are important. In doing so they will explore the values of responsibility and respect for others and working cooperatively in groups.

  • Discipline: Science, English and Studies of Society and the Environment
  • Topic: Students will learn why and how we should care for plants and the important value of responsibility and respect for others and the environment.
  • Prior knowledge: The students come from various cultural backgrounds and there is a wide range of abilities within the class. They are very good at working individually and this unit of work will expand their skills of working cooperatively with others.
  • Age range: 5-6
  • Publisher: Self-published
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The Green Stripe: Exploring Feelings through Visual Arts
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In this Learning Element students will learn how to invoke feeling in the viewer through use of colour. They will develop a language for discussing their work, that of their peers and other Artists.

  • Discipline: Art and English (Oral Language)
  • Topic: Oral Language, Drawing, Painting and Visual literacy. In this Learning Element students will learn how to invoke feeling in the viewer through use of colour.
  • Prior knowledge: Students have learnt some colour theory; warm and cool colours and mixing new colours. They have explored the use of line in drawing. Students have discussed different kinds of feelings and how books and movies impact on feelings.
  • Age range: 5-7
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Great Southern Land
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In this learning element students will be able to locate the states and territories on an Australian map, name the capital cities and identify major landmarks. What are the states and territories of Australia? Can I locate and describe capital cities, landmarks and tourist destinations of Australia? How do I maintain a budget to travel through Australia?

  • Discipline: English, SoSE and Mathematics
  • Topic: In this learning element students will be able to locate the states and territories on an Australian map, name the capital cities and identify major landmarks and tourist destinations.
  • Prior knowledge: Students have undertaken work within groups, examined where Australia is on the world map, read and viewed a range of texts and had experience with addition and subtraction of one and two digit numbers.
  • Age range: 7-10
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Hamlet - Betrayal, Death and Revenge
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Students will explore Hamlet through visual and written texts. They will learn how to reference an essay about a Shakespearean Text, analyse characters, themes and write a literary criticism essay. The unit will culminate with a multimodal presentation

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Shakespeare's Hamlet, reading, writing, speaking and listening, critical literacy, collaborative activities and literary essay writing.
  • Prior knowledge: This is not a Pipe, Between the Flags , Macbeth (year 9), Essay Writing
  • Age range: 15-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Green Eggs and Ham
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Green Eggs and Ham

This course is designed to create awareness in students about how the food we produce and consume contributes to the CO2 emissions, global warming and the effects on health.  Students will study organic food, global warming, carbon footprints, food miles, seasonal foods, animal and human welfare and buying local.  They will study basic cooking methods, working in groups to prepare a wide range of foods.

  • Discipline: Food and Hospitality
  • Topic: Ethical Eating/ Sustainable Cooking
  • Prior knowledge: Understanding the format and structure of a recipe and basic understanding of kitchen safety.
  • Age range: 14-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Food and Australian Cuisine
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This course focuses on the development of Australian food habits over time and the impact of this on Australian culture, particularly food today. Activities directly link the issues of nutrition, health and technology and food, requiring students to consider the impact of one on the other. A significant component of this course will be an examination of food from around the world and International Cuisine. Students will prepare and present a wide variety of foods and further develop their skills in this area.

  • Discipline: Food Studies
  • Topic: Cooking
  • Prior knowledge: Nil
  • Age range: 14-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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From Ten to Teen
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From Ten to Teen looks at the changes that both males and females go though during puberty. The major focus of this unit of work is on puberty and hygiene issues but basic reproduction is also covered.

  • Discipline: Health and Personal Development
  • Topic: In this learning element students will learn about puberty, hygiene and basic reproduction.
  • Prior knowledge: Basic understanding of health and puberty.
  • Age range: 11-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Toys & Games
Toys & Games
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What is a toy?

Toys through the ages

Toys from Indigenous culture

 

  • Discipline: HistoryArts, Science & Technology, Mathematics and English
  • Topic: What is a toy? Toys through the ages, Toys around the world, How are toys marketed?
  • Prior knowledge: Play is an important ingredient in life. Toys are the tools for play. Children have a natural urge to play with things. Participation in co-operative games. Recount and procedural text writing.
  • Age range: 1-2
  • Publisher: Self-published
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A comparison of two versions of The Three Little Pigs using the Four Resources Model
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This Learning Element analyses visual and linguistic differences between two versions of The Three Little Pigs. Use of the Four Resources Model is supported by strategies from First Steps (W.A. Dept Ed) resource books.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Visual Literacy, Critical Literacy. This Learning Element examines two versions of the Traditional Tale of The Three Little Pigs, analyses the visual and linguistic differences between these texts.
  • Prior knowledge: A diverse cohort of learners, students have had a range of visual and linguistic experiences at home and school.
  • Age range: 5-8
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Water Works
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An eight week learning element that concentrates on the Water Cycle. The learning element introduces students to where water is located naturally in their community and how water is supplied to Canberra. The learning is extended in our responsibility to care for water as it is a natural resources that supports various walks of life.

  • Discipline: Science, Mathematics, English, Drama
  • Topic: Water Cycle and Water as a Resource
  • Prior knowledge: A range of experiences involving water
  • Age range: 6-8
  • Publisher: Self-published
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A literacy focus on Rex by Ursula Dubosarsky
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This learning element uses the shortlisted book 'Rex' by Ursula Dubosarsky for students to work collaboratively across multiage groups. Students will explore literacy concepts and produce a text innovation on a favourite pet/animal.

 

  • Discipline: English and visual arts
  • Topic: Literacy including visual critical literacy
  • Prior knowledge: How to use a digital camera, knowledge of narratives, some spelling and grammar conventions, and that Rex was shortlisted for book week.
  • Age range: 2-4
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Investigating friendship, narratives, emails and visual literacy through Amy and Louis
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This learning element explores friendships through a literacy focus. Students develop their social skills and communication skills through role plays, writing a narrative, creating a storyboard and an artwork and writing emails and letters.

  • Discipline: English, the arts and technology
  • Topic: This literacy based learning element focuses on the importance of communication skills through gesture, words and images. It includes social skills and relationships, writing narratives, letters and emails, and creating art works.
  • Prior knowledge: Exposure to stories but not necessarily to the metalanguage of narratives.
  • Age range: 5-6
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Senior Probability
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  • Discipline: Mathematics
  • Topic: Probability
  • Prior knowledge: The curriculum does not cover any probability or chance units in year 7 or 8
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Pythagoras
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  • Discipline: Mathematics
  • Topic: Establishing and applying Pythagoras’ theorem
  • Prior knowledge: Right angled triangles, square numbers, multiplication, addition and subtraction of two digit numbers, division, effective calculator use
  • Age range: 13-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Giving through Garden Design
Giving through Garden Design
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The unit provides opportunities for students to explore how community and cultural links are maintained in different settings as well as building upon prior knowledge of sustainability and "giving" to self and others.

  • Discipline: SoSE
  • Topic: Sustainability, Giving
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  • Age range: 10-12
  • Publisher: Self-published
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