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Water
Water
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In this unit students learn about the distribution, use and management of water around the globe. As a case study, students learn about how water is used in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam and contrast this with water availability and use in Australia. Students will explore where our local water comes from and what we can do as responsible local residents to protect our safe water supply. We will also explore the consumption of bottled water and its effects on the environment, and how to present our learning on a concept map.

  • Discipline: Geography
  • Topic: Water Distribution, Use & Management
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  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Voices in the Park By Anthony Brown
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This Learning Element examines the picture book 'Voices in the Park' by Anthony Browne through Visual Literacy and Critical Literacy lenses.

They explore visual and linguistic features of the text to develop their literacy and thinking skills.

  • Discipline: Literacy, Art and Drama
  • Topic: Students will explore visual and linguistic features of ‘Voices in the Park’ to develop their literacy and thinking skills. Students will also explore stereotypes, relationships and telling a story from another point of view.
  • Prior knowledge: Students will have some knowledge about parks and their purpose and deep knowledge of linguistic features of texts.
  • Age range: 4-6
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Using the Four Resources model to examine the picture book; Run, Hare, Run!
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A unit of work, which utilises Critical and Visual Literacies to examine the text Run, Hare, Run! By John Winch.

 

  • Discipline: Information Literacy, Arts, English
  • Topic: Visual and Critical Literacy, Animal Welfare
  • Prior knowledge: Many varied literacy experiences from home, class and library lessons.
  • Age range: 3-6
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Understanding values through Japanese, Russian, French and New Zealand culture
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Students will learn about many children from all over the world. They will focus on learning about children from Japan, New Zealand, France and Russia. They will explore literature, language studies and cultural activities such as dance, food, games and

  • Discipline: Studies of Society and the Environment, English and Literacy
  • Topic: A cultural study of Japan, New Zealand, France and Russia to build students' understanding, respect and tolerance of the range of cultures in society.
  • Prior knowledge: Thinking tools such as Venn diagrams and PMIs
  • Age range: 6-7
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Understanding stereotypes and conformity
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In this unit students will explore the role that stereotypes have in our society and the way that  they influence behaviour.    They will analyse and construct texts that explore this notion.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: narrative
  • Prior knowledge: Exploring images and the narrative beneath, Understanding Racism through literature
  • Age range: 15-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Teaching Peacemaking
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This learning element investigates human rights, tolerance, and understanding and working with the many different peoples in our world.

  • Discipline: English, Studies of Society and the Environment, PE and Health, the Arts, Technology and Maths
  • Topic: This learning element investigates human rights, tolerance, and understanding and working with the many different peoples in our world.
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  • Age range: 5-10
  • Publisher: Self-published
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SUPERHEROES
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Language skills and critical literacy

 

  • Discipline: English, Art and Studies of Society and the Environment
  • Topic: Language skills and critical literacy
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  • Age range: 3-4
  • Publisher: Self-published
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The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley
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In this learning element students explore the features of ‘The Short and Incredibly happy Life of Riley’ by Colin Thompson to develop their literacy, emotional literacy, thinking skills and Values Education.

  • Discipline: Literacy, Personal Development, Emotional Literacy
  • Topic: In this learning element students explore the features of ‘The Short and Incredibly happy Life of Riley’ by Colin Thompson to develop their literacy, emotional literacy, thinking skills and Values Education.
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  • Publisher: Self-published
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Sensory Poems
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Students review sensory details and learn how to incorporate them into poetry for dramatic effect.  Students use sensory details to change the mood of their poems.

  • Discipline: Language Arts
  • Topic: Poetry
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  • Age range: 12-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Seasons and Celebrations in Japan - A language and cultural study
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Students will learn how to talk about weather and seasons in Japanese. They will explore seasonal events in Australia and Japan noticing, comparing and reflecting on culture.

  • Discipline: Languages: Japanese
  • Topic: This is a cultural and language study of weather, seasons and seasonal events in Japan.
  • Prior knowledge: Students know how to read and write in Hiragana, how to form simple questions, statements and commands and invitations including acceptance and refusal. They have learnt how to use present and past tense, adjectives.
  • Age range: 14-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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