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Australian Gold Rush
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Description:

This learning element provides students with opportunties to develop a better understanding of Australian history, gold, gold mining, laws, taxes, immigration, decision-making, resources, social justice and capitalism.

  • Discipline: SOSE, Literacy, ICT, Mathematics, Health, Science, Technology and the Arts.
  • Topic: Australian history, laws, taxes, immigration, decision-making, resources, social justice, capitalism.
  • Prior knowledge: Students are familiar with, or have skills in: role-playing real life experiences – through Play Real Game, ICT skills (Internet research and presentation), The Information Literacy process, Cooperative skills
  • Age range: 4-6
  • Publisher: Self-published
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A Beautiful Find. Sculpture with found objects.
A Beautiful Find. Sculpture with found objects.
Description:

In this Learning Element students learn to make sculptures from a range of materials. They learn to name basic 2-D and 3-D shape and apply this knowledge when describing their work.

  • Discipline: Visual Arts
  • Topic: Drawing, sculpture, oral language, Mathematics
  • Prior knowledge: Students have participated in a range of Visual Arts activities at school which have focussed on working in two-dimensions.
  • Age range: 5-8
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Exploring the Spirit of Australia through the Windows of Time
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This learning element focuses on the stories of Indigenous Australians and ANZACs. The diversity of storytelling will lead students to discuss the diversity of all Australians. Students will consider the value of tolerance and will have opportunities to show tolerance in the classroom.

  • Discipline: English, the arts and social sciences
  • Topic: In this learning element students will explore the stories of Indigenous Australians and ANZACs. Students will investigate the variety of ways that one can tell a story and thus consider the diversity of Australians.
  • Prior knowledge: Exposure to stories and to some of the metalanguage of narratives.
  • Age range: 1-7
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Let's Get Physical
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  • Discipline: Health
  • Topic: Maintaining a healthy body
  • Prior knowledge: nil
  • Age range: 5-7
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Becoming An Author
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In this learning element, students will learn about the structural and grammatical features of narrative texts through retells. As part of a two week retell focus, they will spend two weeks at a time studying in depth the orientation, complication and series of events, and resolution of a chosen text.

On completion of the retell aspect of the element, students will apply what they have learnt to become authors and create their own narrative texts.

  • Discipline: Literacy
  • Topic: Retell and narrative writing
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  • Age range: 6-8
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Lifecycle of Plants, Healthy Eating and Persuasive Texts
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  • Discipline: Science, Technology & Literacy
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  • Age range: 7-9
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Plants, Healthy Eating and Writing to Persuade
Plants, Healthy Eating and Writing to Persuade
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  • Age range: Adult
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Bonython; the man, suburb and school
Bonython; the man, suburb and school
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  • Discipline: History
  • Topic: How history records important events and people
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  • Age range: 6-8
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Surfing the Solar System
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Description:

In this unit, students engage in personalised, self-directed learning experiences about the solar system. Through the use of explicit teaching and capacity matrices, students persue areas of interest such as space explorers, advancements in technology which have aided space exploration, the planets of the solar system and develop their scientific enquiry skills.

 

  • Discipline: Science
  • Topic: Space
  • Prior knowledge: Knowledge that the Moon orbits the Earth, that Earths rotation causes day and night
  • Age range: 10-12
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Cause and effect: An investigation into our responsibility to care for native Australian fauna
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A study of various Australian animals, their characteristics, threats to these animals and our responsibility to care for and protect all animals.

How can we care for and take responsibility for our Australian fauna?  What are the characteristics and distinguishing features of different Australian animals?  What are the threats to our native Australian animals and how can we preserve these animals?

  • Discipline: Studies Of Society and the Environment (SOSE), English and Visual Arts
  • Topic: Australian Fauna: Introducing Australian animals, Classifying Australian animals, Excursion to the National Zoo and Aquarium, Threats to Australian animals, Taking responsibility to care for Australian animals
  • Prior knowledge: Students will be familiar with common Australian animals from their own personal experiences with zoos, animals seen in the wild and/or even those deceased animals that they see on the side of the road.
  • Age range: 6-8
  • Publisher: Self-published
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