Language Arts: Come explore poetry by A.B. "Banjo" Patterson, scripture that teaches us to care for the earth, audio recordings that teach about Australian history and culture, and journaling activities that improve note taking and other writing skills.
History: Learn about the history of Australia from the time of the first Aboriginal Australians to the modern day history of Australia.
Art: Discover the Aboriginal people through Aboriginal rock art and explore the beauty of the Australian landscape through paintings by Eugene von Guerard and John Glover.
Music: Explore the music of Aboriginal instruments, Australian folk songs such as “Waltzing Matilda”, and music by the Australian composer Percy Aldridge Grainge.
Mapping: Map the states, capitals, and other prominent areas of Australia.
Heart & Mind Time
Language Arts: Develop storytelling and creative writing skills.
Culture: Learn about Aboriginal culture through stories and activities.
Science: Learn all about marine biology and the Great Barrier reef through story, pictures, and video.
Art: Complete a variety of Australian related art projects.
History: In this Investigation the learner is introduced to some of the difficulties that the aboriginal people of Australia have faced since the settlement of Australia by non-indigenous peoples. The learner is guided in investigating what might have led to these difficulties, identifying what his or her thoughts and feelings are in regards to these difficulties, and how he or she can learn from these specific tragedies of history.
Science: The science portion of this Investigation focuses on marine biology through the context of the Great Barrier Reef. Concepts are taught through the use of video, reading, video labs, and hands-on lab activities.
Language Arts: The learner will explore the importance of heritage and storytelling in the lives of the Aboriginal Australians and in the lives of cultures and families in general. He or she will read some of the Dreamtime beliefs, will define words related to Aboriginal cultures, and will write responses to questions asked. Additionally, the learner will read two books and will participate in a group discussion regarding on of the books.
History: The purpose of this Investigation is to understand the history of the aboriginal people of Australia. This Investigation will guide the learner to identify the various world views and religious beliefs of some of the Aboriginal tribes and how those specific beliefs might have developed. Additionally, this Investigation guides the learner in considering the idea of imperialism verses the view that the earth is a living thing and cannot be owned. The learner investigates how this difference of world views may have effected relationships between the Aboriginal peoples and western explorers and colonizers.
Science: In the science portion of this Investigation, the learner takes a look at astronomy specifically through the views of the people of Australia. The Investigation also guides the student through many concepts associated with Marine Biology and The Great Barrier Reef. This Investigation guides the learner in identifying their own worldview and also introduces them to understanding the views others.
Language Arts: Language Arts skills are developed in this Investigation as youth read, analyze, and respond to living books. Writing skills are developed through writing prompts which encourage youth to find application to their own lives and the world around them. They are also guided in writing a final essay at the end of the Investigation.
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