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Learn about Aborigines and become familiar with native Australian animals. Hear the sound of the didgerdidoo and listen to stories from the outback.


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So what is the continent like? What kind of animals are found there?

Locations in Australia

http://www.pleasetakemeto.com/australia/videos Added: 10 Sep 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Presentation

Over 60 high-quality videos showing cities, mountains, coastal areas and deserts in Australia. Most videos are around 1 min duration. Some of the videos are like a tourist promotion for the country but they will give a feel for the diversity of this vast island.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Human Environments

Strand unit: People and Other Lands

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • learn to value and respect the diversity of peoples and their lifestyles in these areas and other parts of the world
  • study some aspects of the environments and lives of people in one location in Europe and one location in another part of the world

Suggestions for use: Play some of the videos and ask students to list some of the differences between Australia and Ireland.

Asset type: Video
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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National Geographic - Australia Photos

http://travel.nationalgeographic.co.../travel/countries/australia-photos/ Added: 10 Sep 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Presentation

Series of high definition images from various parts of Australia, covering natural environments, native animals and something from the human environment. Among others it features Ayers rock, the boab trees of Kimberley, Koala bears, and coastal scenery.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Human Environments

Strand unit: People and Other Lands

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • learn to value and respect the diversity of peoples and their lifestyles in these areas and other parts of the world
  • study some aspects of the environments and lives of people in one location in Europe and one location in another part of the world

Suggestions for use: Look at the images and get the children to list differences between Ireland and Australia.

Asset type: Image
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Koala Control: Points of View

http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/L1285/index.html Added: 11 Aug 2014 Contributor: Louise Mullane Resource type: Case Study

Explore facts and opinions about controlling populations of koalas. Interview people expressing a range of opinions. Use a model structure and sample text to summarise each point of view.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
English

Strand: Reading

Strand unit: Developing Cognitive Ability through Language

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • distinguish between fact and opinion, and bias and objectivity, in text and in the media

Suggestions for use: Use in whole class setting on the interactive whiteboard. Use this resource to introduce the concept of fact and opinion to class. Get them to do their own investigation on arguement.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons
Special Needs:

Australian Stories

http://australia.gov.au/about-austr...tralian-stories/australian-identity Added: 10 Sep 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes

Large collection of diverse stories about various aspects of Australian life and history. Includes information and stories about the 'bush', Eucalypts, folklore, Ned Kelly and many more.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
English

Strand: Oral Language

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • express individual responses to poems and literature and discuss different interpretations
5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Human Environments

Strand unit: People and Other Lands

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • learn to value and respect the diversity of peoples and their lifestyles in these areas and other parts of the world
  • study some aspects of the environments and lives of people in one location in Europe and one location in another part of the world

Suggestions for use: Pick one of these iconic Australian topics and explore.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Australian Animals

http://www.rochedalss.eq.edu.au/rdale/animal.htm Added: 10 Sep 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes

School project on Australian animals showing images and a one sentance description of each. Click on the image and information on the habitat, feeding and description of the animal is given. Covers creatures like the platypus, anteater, bilby, emu, Koala, green tree frog, kangaroo, Tasmanian devil, wombat and many more.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Human Environments

Strand unit: People and Other Lands

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • study some aspects of the environments and lives of people in one location in Europe and one location in another part of the world

Suggestions for use: Copy this project approach and do animals found in Ireland. compare the two.

Strand: Human Environments

Strand unit: People and Other Lands

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • study some aspects of the environments and lives of people in one location in Europe and one location in another part of the world

Suggestions for use: Copy this project approach and do animals found in Ireland. compare the two.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Aboriginal Symbols

http://www.aboriginalartshop.com/ab...l-art-graphic-symbols-and-meanings/ Added: 10 Sep 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes

Shows a series of symbols and their meaning in Aboriginal society. Click on the image for a JPG which can be printed in class. From the website of an Aboriginal art gallery.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
Visual Arts

Strand: Drawing

Strand unit: Making Drawings

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • draw imaginative themes using inventive pattern and detail
  • make drawings based on themes reflecting broadening interests, experiences and feelings

Suggestions for use: Use the symbols presented here to make a drawing depicting a story.

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Human Environments

Strand unit: People and Other Lands

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • learn to value and respect the diversity of peoples and their lifestyles in these areas and other parts of the world
Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

The 10 Most Dangerous Animals in Australia

http://www.hotelclub.com/blog/the-1...ost-dangerous-animals-in-australia/ Added: 10 Sep 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes

Snakes, crocadiles, spiders and sharks - there are lots of creatures to threaten in Australia. Presents a list with short note on each.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
SESE Science

Strand: Living Things

Strand unit: Plant and animal life

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • observe, identify and examine the animals and plants that live in local habitats and environments
  • recognise that there is a great diversity of plants and animals in different regions and environments

Suggestions for use: This is a commercial hotel booking site so while the information on the page is fine there are potential distractions.

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Human Environments

Strand unit: People and Other Lands

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • study some aspects of the environments and lives of people in one location in Europe and one location in another part of the world

Suggestions for use: This is a commercial hotel booking site so while the information on the page is fine there are potential distractions.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Aboriginal Hand Prints

http://cdn.dickblick.com/lessonplan...d-prints-aboriginal-hand-prints.pdf Added: 10 Sep 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Lesson Plan

Lesson activity with clear step-by-step guide on how to make the stenciled hand print. The concept is pulled from an old Aboriginal tradition that stencilled hands on rocks.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
Visual Arts

Strand: Paint and Colour

Strand unit: Painting

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become sensitive to increasingly subtle colour differences and tonal variations in natural and manufactured objects
  • discover pattern and rhythm in natural and manufactured objects

Suggestions for use: Follow the clear instructions.

Asset type: Online Resource
Rights: All rights reserved
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Didgeridoo Sounds

http://www.didgeridoostore.com/soundsrhythms.html Added: 10 Sep 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes

Notes and a video to demonstrate the popular sounds of the Australian musical instrument. While playing Didgeridoo, traditionally Aborigines mimic the sounds of their surroundings. These sounds can be mixed with droning to create rhythms, which is how the Didgeridoo is used as a rhythm wind instrument. The page also includes notes on the history of the didgerdoo and how to play it.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
JC
Music

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Exploring sounds

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • explore ways of making sounds using manufactured and home-made instruments
  • listen to sounds in the environment with an increased understanding of how sounds are produced and organised

Suggestions for use: This could be used as part of a Music and Geography class (other lands).

Strand: Instruments

Asset type: Online Resource
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

History of Australian Art

http://www.theguardian.com/artandde...australian-art-interactive-timeline Added: 10 Sep 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes

Interactive timeline from the Guardian featuring images and short notes on a variety of Australian art. Ranges from cave paintings from 28,000 years ago to modern art instalations of the present day. Features lots of Aboriginal art.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
Visual Arts

Strand: Paint and Colour

Strand unit: Looking and Responding

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • look at and talk about his/her work, the work of other children and the work of artists

Suggestions for use: Pick various works and get the children to explore what the artist was trying to say in the art work.

SC
Art

Strand: History & Appreciation

Strand unit: General Appreciation

Suggestions for use: Pick various works and get the stidents to explore what the artist was trying to say in the art work.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Australia Colouring Pages

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/australia-day-colouring-pages Added: 10 Sep 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes

Printable pdf's with an Australian theme tht can be coloured in. Includes the Australian flag, Australian children, animals and a part scene.

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How it maps to the curriculum

1-2
Visual Arts

Strand: Paint and Colour

Strand unit: Painting

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • paint objects chosen for their colour possibilities

Suggestions for use: Print out and paint. Could accompany a Geography class on a foeiign country.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

DLTK - Australia

http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/australia/index.htm Added: 10 Sep 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes

Series of information pieces and arts & crafts activities about Australia. Contains information on the Australian flag and the national anthem. The resources were developed to support Australia day in January.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
SESE Geography

Strand: Human Environments

Strand unit: People and Other Lands

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • begin to develop a sense of belonging to local, county, national, European and global communities
  • study some aspects of the environments and lives of people in one location in Europe and one location in another part of the world

Suggestions for use: The information on the flag is very accessible and the arts and crafts activities could form th ebasis of a few class periods.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Western Australia Police

http://www.police.wa.gov.au/YoungPe...oolprojects/tabid/1839/Default.aspx Added: 10 Sep 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes

From the School Projects section of the WA Police in Australia. Covers a brief history of the force as well as different ranks within the police, details of the logo, flag and banner.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
CSPE

Strand: Law

Strand unit: An Garda Síochána

Suggestions for use: Well, it is not quite an Garda Síochána but this page could be used to compare an Australian force with the Irish one.

Key Skills: Managing Information and Thinking Literacy

5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Human Environments

Strand unit: People and Other Lands

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • learn to value and respect the diversity of peoples and their lifestyles in these areas and other parts of the world
  • study some aspects of the environments and lives of people in one location in Europe and one location in another part of the world

Suggestions for use: Compare the Australia police force of WA with that of Ireland. Useful project material.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Beach Safety: Video Campaign

http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/L1288/index.html Added: 11 Aug 2014 Contributor: Louise Mullane Resource type: Project

Look at the importance of water safety and skin protection at a beach. Talk with a lifeguard and beach goers about safety tips. Build a video for a public awareness campaign. Choose animated clips to illustrate responsible behaviour.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
English

Strand: Oral Language

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • argue points of view from the perspective of agreement and disagreement through informal discussion and in the context of formal debates
  • discuss issues of major concern
  • justify and defend particular opinions or attitudes and try to persuade others to support a particular point of view

Suggestions for use: Great resource for preparation for debating and persuasive writing. Use in Whole Class setting on Interactive Whiteboard.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons
Special Needs:

Finish The Story: Bushfire

http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/L1275/index.html Added: 07 Aug 2014 Contributor: Louise Mullane Resource type: Project

Edit a comic book story to make it more exciting and complete. Improve the story by adding adverbs, choosing verbs and changing nouns to pronouns. Choose a title and image for the cover.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
English

Strand: Writing

Strand unit: Developing Cognitive Ability through Language

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • expand and clarify his/her thoughts on a particular idea or topic through drafting and re-drafting
  • write in a variety of genres with greater sophistication

Suggestions for use: Individual or pair work activity. Great for lesson on better use of adverbs and pronouns.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Collection: Primary Source
Rights: Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons
Special Needs:

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