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The Importance of Anzac Day and the Gallipoli Experience to Australians
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This learning element is designed to build on existing understandings of the Gallipoli campaign and its commemoration on Anzac Day. Cooperative learning activities have been used extensively to support underperforming students.

  • Discipline: English and Studies of Society and the Environment (SOSE)
  • Topic: This learning element builds on existing knowledge and develops deeper understandings about the experience of soldiers at Gallipoli and why it is important to all Australians.
  • Prior knowledge: Construction of PEC paragraphs, Text Analyst Role from Cooperative Reading, Visual literacy: use of colour and gesture (previous learning element The Island), Meaning of slang and of ANZAC Day
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Flowers For Algernon Unit
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In this culminating unit, the students will integrate outside resources into their learning and reflection, while ultimately working towards synthesizing multiple experiences (literature, guest speakers, articles, personal experiences) into a reflective paper/project.  This unit will center itself around the novel Flowers For Algernon.

  • Discipline: English III--Junior level
  • Topic: Novel study
  • Prior knowledge: Essay writing, research skills, wide variety of discussion activities
  • Age range: 16-18
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Geology of ecosystems
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The students will explore the properties, composition and formation of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks.  They will develop key understandings about geological features and their role in establishing and sustaining ecosystems.  They will also take an active role in analysing geological evidence, including the fossil record, in investigating ancient events, past environmental conditions and changes over time.

  • Discipline: Science
  • Topic: Geology
  • Prior knowledge: None
  • Age range: 13-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Tall Tales Today
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Students will read and examine selections from "Tall Tales" genre of American Literature.  They will use these examples to explore figurative language and to help them create their own tall tale characters and stories.

  • Discipline: Language Arts
  • Topic: Descriptive Writing/Figurative Language
  • Prior knowledge: Familiarity with American Tall Tales
  • Age range: 11-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Shadow Puppetry in China
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Students explore Chinese shadow puppets, woodworking techniques and the elements of design to create their own shadow puppets.

  • Discipline: Technology
  • Topic: Woodwork and Studies of Asia
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  • Age range: 12-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Creative Writing Through Short Stories
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Creative Writing Through Short Stories

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Creative Writing
  • Prior knowledge: None
  • Age range: 15-16
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Chinese Power: Shi Huangdi to Harmony
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This unit is a study of ancient China and the links between the power of the ancient Emperors and that of modern China.

  • Discipline: History
  • Topic: The ways governments maintain power in ancient and modern China with links to democracy in Australia
  • Prior knowledge: Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt
  • Age range: 15-16
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Losing Hearts and Minds: The Vietnam Conflict Fought at Home
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An analysis of why the Australian involvement in the Vietnam War occured with a particular focus upon anti-war sentiment and primary source material.

  • Discipline: History - part of the Society and the Environment stream
  • Topic: The Vietnam War: Australian involvement and anti-war sentiment in Australia and the United States of America
  • Prior knowledge: Basic geographical mapping skills
  • Age range: 15-16
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Drug Use Issues
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This learning element is an adaptation of curriculum developed in Western Australia and modelled through Learning by Design for use within Lyneham High Schools PE curriculum.

This learning element has a drug use issues focus and content related to young people and utility knowledge about drug use. It includes student drug use statistics, myths associated with drug use, harms and consequences of cannabis and other illicit drug use.

  • Discipline: Health
  • Topic: Drugs
  • Prior knowledge: Nil
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Earrings!
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A persuasive writing unit using the book, Earrings! by Judith Viorst.

 

  • Discipline: Language Arts
  • Topic: Persuasive Writing
  • Prior knowledge: Elaboration, Narrative Writing, Introductions and Conclusions
  • Age range: 11-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Canonic Conundrums
Canonic Conundrums
Description:

Canonic Conundrums is a learning unit designed for a non-auditioned high school, curricular choral ensemble/course containing students grades 10-12 representing diverse musical experience levels.

  • Discipline: High School Choral Music
  • Topic: Learning Unit: Canon
  • Prior knowledge: Basic Choral Music and Vocal Technique
  • Age range: 9-12
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Predicting Fiction
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Description:

Gradual release of the predicting process is used with fictional texts. For the purposes of this learning element, activities were designed for the implementation of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie at the beginning of a school year.

  • Discipline: Language Arts
  • Topic: Reading Comprehension Skills
  • Prior knowledge: This is the first of six comprehension strategies.
  • Age range: 12-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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The Shape of Things
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Students explore properties of shapes inclucing angles, right angles, parrallel lines, equal, classifying shapes and exploring similarities and differences between shapes.

  • Discipline: Mathematics
  • Topic: Properties of Shapes
  • Prior knowledge:
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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World Heritage Sites
World Heritage Sites
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  • Discipline: HSIE
  • Topic:
  • Prior knowledge:
  • Age range: 12 - 14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Analysing a Children's Television Phenomenon: Using Hi5 as a Teaching Resource
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This Learning Element offers ideas for the exploration and critical analysis of a popular packaged children's phenomenon. It suggests a pathway for the deconstruction of a children's television program, the surveying of other's attitudes, allows for assessment of associated mechanising and introduces students to a website related to the group. It gives opportunities for students to transfer knowledge gained to the creation of their own programs as well as to an analysis of other packaged children's phenomena.

  • Discipline: Literacy, SOSE
  • Topic: Media - Children's Television Programming
  • Prior knowledge: None
  • Age range: 5-7
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Values of social justice and inclusion
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This learning element looks at discrimination in society. It links school yard bullying to discrimination in society.

  • Discipline: English/SOSE
  • Topic: English
  • Prior knowledge: PEC Paragraphs
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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A REAL education for a REAL future
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The Lanyon High School community works together for a REAL education for a REAL future.

  • Discipline: Cross curricular
  • Topic: Understanding the school vision
  • Prior knowledge: None
  • Age range: 12-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Puberty Blues
Puberty Blues
Description:

The unit "Puberty Blues" develops an understanding of the physical, social and emotional changes that take place during puberty and beyond.  Puberty, for many, is a time of transition of how one views oneself (identity) and the roles and responsibilities expected of them.  Students explore the changes of responsibility within their own family group and within other cultural groups.  Students are exposed to gender stereotypes and reflect on their worth.  the unit focus is from the self and relationships strand.

  • Discipline: Health
  • Topic: Puberty
  • Prior knowledge: Similarities and difference between others, physcial changes since birth, major body parts and functions
  • Age range: 10-12
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Multi-Cultural Choral Connections
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In this learning unit, entitled “Multi-Cultural Choral Connections”, advanced choral students will be connecting to five different countries and cultures through studying unique, contemporary choral compositions. Though just five perspectives, with these songs we will discover and intimately experience musical traditions and styles from cultures throughout the world. We will experience and notice similarities as well as the differences and come to have empathy and appropriate respect for society's cultural blend.

  • Discipline: Advanced High School Choral Ensemble
  • Topic: Multi-Cultural Choral Music
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  • Age range: 15-18
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Nothing Ever Happens
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A sixth grade language arts unit on narrative writing, based on the book, Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter.

  • Discipline: Language Arts
  • Topic: Narrative Writing
  • Prior knowledge: Elaboration, Sensory descriptions, Transitions for Narratives
  • Age range: 11-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Developing Business Skills
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This learning element focuses on financial and business skills needed to run an enterprise.

Through this unit they will learn about goods and services in relation to needs and wants, rights and responsibilities, budgeting and advertising.

This content will provide students with the skills to create their own enterprise.  To create a successful enterprise students will utilise multimodal advertising to persuade consumers to purchase their good or service.

  • Discipline: SOSE
  • Topic: Enterprise
  • Prior knowledge: Maths Skills
  • Age range: 10-12
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Super Savers
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This learning element addresses the use of money in the younger years. It builds the concepts of earning, saving and spending money.  It also develops an understanding of the value of Australian notes and coins.  Students work in groups and are taught to value group members' contrubutions to achieving a group goal.

 

  • Discipline: Financial Literacy/Numeracy
  • Topic: Understanding saving and spending money
  • Prior knowledge: Students will have seen how money is used in society.
  • Age range: 7-9
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Painting with Words
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The learning element examines different styles of poetry. Students will examine ballads, free verse and literary devices. Their final assessment piece will be a poetry anthology that combines everything they've learnt throughout the unit.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Poetry
  • Prior knowledge: Some literary devices, PEC paragraph
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Japanese Textiles
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In this unit the students will look at traditional Japanese dress, fashion sub cultures, fabrics, traditional and modern dyeing techniques.  The students will identify the features of traditional Japanese costume and understand how it can be transformed into contemporary garment designs.  During the unit the students will learn traditional dyeing methods and will apply their understanding of traditional Japanese design through the construction of a Japanese inspired cushion. 

  • Discipline: Textiles Technology
  • Topic: Japanese textiles and fabric colouration
  • Prior knowledge: Junior Textiles; elements of design
  • Age range: 14-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Australia and Its People
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This unit provides a snapshot of Australia through aspects of its geography, history and contemporary society on a state by state basis.  Each week students participate in the same activities with a different state as the focus.

  • Discipline: SOSE
  • Topic: Australian Geography, History and Contemporary Society
  • Prior knowledge: Socratic Circle
  • Age range: 10-12
  • Publisher: Self-published
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What a Load of Rubbish!
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This five week unit aims to develop an informed and practical understanding of the problems of waste in both the local community and the wider world.  Students will be encouraged to research and adopt positive actions to reduce, reuse and recycle waste, culminating in the implementation of school wide waste recycling program. Narrative and information texts will be used as vehicles to introduce and explore the theme.

  • Discipline: Environmental Education
  • Topic: Recycling
  • Prior knowledge: A range of knowledge about the concept of reduce, reuse, recycle. Narrative structure.
  • Age range: 9-12
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Predicting Nonfiction
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Gradual release of the predicting process is used with nonfictional texts. 

  • Discipline: Language Arts
  • Topic: Reading Comprehension Skills
  • Prior knowledge: This is the first of six comprehension strategies.
  • Age range: 12-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Diversity in Pop Culture
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This unit is designed to be used with Quest Atlantis and in conjunction with the reading the graphic novel American Born Chinese.  

This LBD is for use with both Quest Atlantis and the book American Born Chinese.  For those who do not use Quest Atlantis, the activities can be modified for use outside the 3-D gaming environment.

  • Discipline: Language Arts
  • Topic: diversity
  • Prior knowledge: paragraph writing
  • Age range: 9-12
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Peacemaker: Our Miniature Earth
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This learning element looks at issues such as education, race, wealth, poverty and hunger through a simulation based on Our Miniature Earth, developed by World Vision.

  • Discipline: Studies of Society and the Environment
  • Topic: World inequality
  • Prior knowledge:
  • Age range: 9-11
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Healthy Choices
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Healthy Choices
Description:

Community awareness of nutrition, lifestyle, functions of body systems and exercise is growing. Students will learn about personal wellbeing and how lifestyle choices influence emotional, social and physical health development. 

Food labelling and dietary information provide us with the opportunity to make choices in our diet. Certain ingredients and food additives present in our food can impact our health and wellbeing.


  • Discipline: English and HPE
  • Topic: Healthy lifestyles, food etc
  • Prior knowledge: Children are aware of the need to eat healthy foods and our classes do daily exercise.
  • Age range: 9-10
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Braving Brave New World
Braving Brave New World
Description:

This learning element ranges from the beginning of the "experiencing the known" process with Brave New World all the way through reading the novel and working on the literary analysis paper that works as a capstone on the novel and typically on the course as a whole.  

  • Discipline: English--College Prep
  • Topic: Brave New World Novel and related topics
  • Prior knowledge: Knowledge of satire, dystopias, critical reading skills
  • Age range: 17-18
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Turn up the Volume
Turn up the Volume
Description:

Students will explore the features of 3D shapes.  They will investigate the relationship between Surface Area (SA) and Volume (V).

They will theorise on their own formula for finding the SA and V of different prisms.

They will create 3D sculptures and critically analyse each others work.

They will investigate the relationship between the weight of water and the space it takes up and the metric measuring system.

  • Discipline: Mathematics
  • Topic: Surface Area and Volume of Prisms
  • Prior knowledge: Exposure to the names and features of simple shapes
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Self-published
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A Novel Study of "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963"
A Novel Study of "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963"
Description:

This learning element is designed to explore the time period in American history of the Civil Rights Movement.  The novel that will be the core of the element is set in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, and exposes students to this time period through the eyes of the 10 year old African American narrator, Kenny Watson.  This is a historical fiction novel that ends with the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, and addresses issues of predjudice and bullying, and lends itself to many areas of classroom discussion, as well as writing topics.

Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963

  • Discipline: Reading, Language Arts
  • Topic: Civil Rights Era, Predjudice, Bullying, Family Values
  • Prior knowledge: experience with adding information to a blog site
  • Age range: 10-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Performing Arts - Drama
Performing Arts - Drama
Description:

This unit of work introduces students to elements of drama. It is designed to develop confidence and basic acting skills. They define, analyse and try different performances.

  • Discipline: The Arts
  • Topic: Drama
  • Prior knowledge: Some performing arts from Primary School.
  • Age range: 13-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Adolescent Brain Development
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This learning element has been designed to engage adolescents in a variety of activities that will enhance their knowledge of the brain and more specifically adolescent brain development. 

The design aligns with essential learning achievements from  'Every chance to learn, curricullum framework for ACT schools, early adolescent band' Australia.

Students will be engaged in activities through a variety of learning modes including extensive use of ICT, interpreting a variety of text, writing procedural and scientific reports, conducting experiments, researching evidence and advocating safe choices through a health promotion campaign.

  • Discipline: Science, health and interdiciplinary skills
  • Topic: Biology
  • Prior knowledge: No prior knowledge of brain required
  • Age range: 12-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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