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Calendar for 2016-17
Community Service Project
Foyer bulletin board sign up
North America 2016-17
Resources for Cultural Learning
South and Central America 2012-13
Support for ELL Families
Welcome to the National Museum of Australia
Official Web site of the National Museum of Australia.
Australia’s Cultural Network
Australia’s online gateway to information about news, events, additional Web sites, and other resources.
Australian Sports WWW - Australian Sports Commission
Information on organizations involved in sports in Australia.
Great Barrier Reef Visitors Bureau - North Queensland - Australia
Great Barrier Reef Visitors Bureau commercial site on events, activities, and sights of the Great Barrier Reef.
Background Note: Australia
Information from the U.S. Department of State.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Home Page
A sanctuary for koalas, wombats, kangaroos, and other animals native to Australia, with links to other resources about widlife and Australia.
[City of Sydney
Official Sydney site for city services and tourism.
ABC Education: Schools Television
The official Web site of the Australian ABC network.
The official Web site of The Australian (Language: English)
Australia Bureau of Meteorology
Official Web site of the Australia Bureau of Meteorology.
Australia Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Official Web site of the Australia Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Australia Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
Official Web site of the Australia Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.
Australia Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
Official Web site of the Australia Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.
Australian Fisheries Management Authority
Official Web site of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.
Parks and Reserves
Contains information about parks and reserves in Australia.
Archives of Australia
Official Web site of the Archives of Australia.
Ettamogah: Wildlife Sanctuary
A kids website designed to teach about Australian animals
Kindergarten Curriculum Frameworks:
Visit from parent or community member with direct experience (and artifacts) from Australia and Oceania
Read aloud stories throughout the year featuring folktales from Australia or Oceania, picture books set in Australia or Oceania, non-fiction books about Australia and Oceania, and stories featuring Australian characters and culture
During December and January research Australian celebrations of Christmas and New Year's and participate in school wide celebration with crafts, performances, etc
Author Study focusing on books or series by Australian authors (Mem Fox) or books that take place in Australia and Oceania
Science project looking at Australian animals (kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles, etc.) with focus on how different climates across the continent lead to different animal adaptations
Comparison between Australian and U.S. Christmas celebrations and traditions
Find out about some of the most popular sports and games in Australia and Oceania, especially Australian rules football, rugby, cricket, swimming and tennis
Key projects/experiences for Grade One with focus on Australia and/or Oceania
Visit from parent or community member with direct experience (and artifacts) from Austalia
Read aloud stories throughout the year featuring Austalian folktales, picture books set in Australia or Oceania and non-fiction books about Australia and stories featuring Australian characters and culture (
see booklist for ideas
Australia folktale study using stories (
see booklist for ideas
During December and January research Australian celebrations of Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years and participate in schoolwide celebration with crafts, performances, etc.
Discuss important Australian holidays (see
Introduce Australian biographies--and also include a number of diverse people in this study
Science research project classifying animals by “feathers, fur, scales, and shells” could heavily focus on animals from Australian
Students can write book emphasizing plants and animals that have adapted to Australian biomes
Key projects/experiences for Grade Two with focus on Australia and Oceania
Include books for read alouds throughout the year featuring Australian folktales, picture books set in North America, non-fiction books about Australia, and stories featuring Australian characters and culture (
see booklist for ideas
Study of Australian celebrations with school-wide crafts, performance, etc.
Students can work with book buddies on writing project based on creating fractured fairy tales from traditional Australian folk and fairy tales
Animal study with focus on animals from habitats throughout Australia that focus on how animal’s habitat influence their development
Weather around the world--have a reporter describe weather from Australia
studies project about "what is a country?" students can investigate Australia and Oceania
During social Rivers and Mountains project can include those from Australia/New Zealand
Key projects/experiences for grade 3 with Australia and Oceania:
Visit from parent or community member with direct experience (and artifacts) from Australia
Include books for read alouds and reading logs throughout the year featuring Australian folktales, picture books set in Australia or Oceania, non-fiction books about
Australia or Oceania,
and stories featuring
Australia or Oceania
Biography book report that includes individuals from
Australia or Oceania
In studying biomes and animal adaptation, using
Australia or Oceania
as a continent of focus
Key projects/experiences for Grade Four with focus on Australia and Oceania
Visit from parent
or community member with direct experience (and artifacts) from Australia or Oceania
Include books for read alouds throughout the year featuring Australian folktales, picture books set in Australia, non-fiction books about Australia and stories featuring Australian characters and culture Immigration project: use Australian experts and examples in scrapbook project and consider a case study of the American great migration from the east coast to the west
U.S. Regions: Discuss American settlement in the U.S, including how Australian culture influenced American culture
Impact of Australian culture on American literature, art, music, science, sports, movies
Key projects/experiences for Grade Five with focus on Australia and Oceana
Include books for read alouds throughout the year featuring Australia and Oceana pictures or facts, and stories featuring Australian or South Pacific characters and culture (
Visit from adult (e.g., teachers Laura Shay, Kristine Barker, Plympton parents) about a trip to Australia
Include colonization of Australia as part of a discussion of American Colonization
Weather project--compare climate of Australia to that of U.S. (note opposite seasons in north and south hemispheres)
Animal adaptation--look at how animals have adapted on an island continent (odd animals found no where else in the world)
Focus on historical events in Australia and Oceana
Possible Enrichment Projects
Puppet Showplace in Brookline
Has a rod and shadow puppet show
Workshops can be arranged for school groups, scout troops, camps, and after school programs for children 3 and up. Various workshops can be arranged by our staff, including rod puppets, shadow puppets, and simple scarf marionettes. All youth workshops include puppet making and performance techniques.
Contact our office for more details at
Paul Taylor plays didgeridoo and tells stories from Australia:
Paul Taylor travels the US performing and teaching about European and Aboriginal Australia. Paul is Australian and has studied for over 20 years with the Wardaman Aboriginal Elder. He offers performances, workshops and Australian Immersion residencies of one to five days.
I am including some links here but would be glad to answer any questions and supply materials and descriptions for your grant. Paul has study guide materials and resources materials for all performances an residencies. Are you thinking of one or two performances or of a residency? Paul will be in the eastern US in October and in March.
Teachers who have visited Australia:
Families with ties to Australia:
Countries of Oceania:
The countries under study this year include the large island continent of Australia, as well as New Zealand, and several smaller South Pacific Islands. The map here shows the countries of Oceania:
Resources for Basic Information about Australia and Oceania:
National Library of Australia
picture file: Thousands of great images from Australia
: Our database with comprehensive information about the geography, land and climate, culture, government, history, and photographs for each country
Enchanted Learning Australia
contains lots of information and activities about Australia aimed at students in grades K-5
Australian geography links are
Please check the
of this wiki for materials available in the Plympton Library and websites that provide additional information
Resources for Australian Music for Children
site describes the indigineous, classical, country and pop/jazz/rock music of this country
Popular children's songs
Drama Curriculum tie-ins:
Kindergarten and First grade multicultural Folktale study.
2nd grade Barrier Reef for Underwater Study
Check world of tales website at home. (unable to access from Plympton Computers)
Australia Day- January 26
Javanese shadow puppets
Resources to support projects:
-Australian Info and coloring pages
- Aboriginal Dream Stories
- Animated Dream Stories
1) December Beach Party
In the Southern Hemisphere, beach season is November through January.
It’d be fun to have a “summer” beach party indoors, full of fun NZ/Australian games and foods (kiwi fruit, marmite, pavlova)
2) New Zealand/Australia Book & Poetry Day
Ask Nana (aka Isabel Wesley) to come in and read NZ/Australian books with her fine kiwi accent to classes in the library. We already have several good book selections at home.
3) Sheep and Wool: A History of Fiber
Field trip to Natick Community Organic Farm
4) Strange and Wonderful NZ/Australian/ South Pacific Animals
kiwi bird, moa (extinct), koalas, Tasmanian devils, kookaburras, lyre birds—geographic isolation has created some marvelous creatures! Closest zoo with kangaroos that I know of = Roger Williams Zoo
First New Year Celebration in the world
Christmas Day- 12/25
Boxing Day- 12/27
Australia Day- 1/26
Anzac Day- 4/25
Labour Day- second Monday in March
Queen's Birthday- June
Treaty of Waitangi Day (treaty signing date between Whites and Maoris)
ANZAC Day (began as Memorial Day for NZ/AU soldiers killed in WWI at Galipoli)
South Pacific Island Holidays
Page Wesi- January- Celebrates Sang Yang the creator of the Universe
Kuningan Ceremony - in early February, spanning ten days and signifying the end of the new year holiday. Yellow rice is offered and temples are beautified to bade farewell to the gods
Day of Silence- March 5
National Awakening Day- May 20
Balinese Independance Day- August 17
Links to Australian Art-related websites
Iconography, Aboriginal Art, symbols, history
History and iconography behind Dot Art with images and icon key
Aboriginal Art examples and history
Children’s Aboriginal Art; history and project ideas
Aboriginal Dreamtime description
Featured artists; Jon Turnbull
Dot painting information
Landscapes & TraditionsAustralia
Australia Current Collection (all types of art)
Native AU flora paintings M. Preston-painter
Foothills/landscape D. Black-painter
abstract Figure Painting_ William Dobell
Sand art demonstration
Native Australian Painting techniques- good images or works in progress
Australian Hip Hop
Artist Camira devotes to change the stigma of hip hop and teach kids
the poetry and expression side
New Zealand Arts & Culture-related websites
New Zealand Arts/Culture
Fijian Arts & Crafts
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