Australia



Welcome to the National Museum of Australia
http://www.nma.gov.au/
Official Web site of the National Museum of Australia.

Australia’s Cultural Network
http://www.acn.net.au/
Australia’s online gateway to information about news, events, additional Web sites, and other resources.

Australian Sports WWW - Australian Sports Commission
http://www.ausport.gov.au/
Information on organizations involved in sports in Australia.

Great Barrier Reef Visitors Bureau - North Queensland - Australia
http://www.greatbarrierreef.aus.net/
Great Barrier Reef Visitors Bureau commercial site on events, activities, and sights of the Great Barrier Reef.
Background Note: Australia
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2698.htm
Information from the U.S. Department of State.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Home Page
http://www.koala.net/
A sanctuary for koalas, wombats, kangaroos, and other animals native to Australia, with links to other resources about widlife and Australia.

[City of Sydney]
http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/
Official Sydney site for city services and tourism.

ABC Education: Schools Television
http://www.abc.net.au/schoolstv/
The official Web site of the Australian ABC network.

The Australian
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/
The official Web site of The Australian (Language: English)
Australia Bureau of Meteorology
http://www.bom.gov.au/
Official Web site of the Australia Bureau of Meteorology.
Australia Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
http://www.daff.gov.au/
Official Web site of the Australia Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Australia Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
http://www.environment.gov.au/
Official Web site of the Australia Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.
Australia Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
http://www.ret.gov.au/
Official Web site of the Australia Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.
Australian Fisheries Management Authority
http://www.afma.gov.au/
Official Web site of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.
Parks and Reserves
http://www.environment.gov.au/parks/
Contains information about parks and reserves in Australia.
Archives of Australia
http://www.archivenet.gov.au/
Official Web site of the Archives of Australia.
Ettamogah: Wildlife Sanctuary
http://www.ausinternet.com/ettamogah/australiananimals.htm
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 Australian celebrations for ideas)
· 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
  • During social 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 aboutAustralia or Oceania, and stories featuring Australia or Oceania
  • Biography book report that includes individuals from Australia or Oceania (see booklist)
  • 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 (see booklist)
  • 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 617-731-6400 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 617-731-6400 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
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.
http://www.loydartists.com/index.php?page=bio&display=14
http://www.loydartists.com/index.php?page=bio&display=14&show=media
http://www.paultaylor.ws/
Teachers who have visited Australia:
  • Kristine Barker
  • Laura Shay
  • Families with ties to Australia:
Other ties:



Australia Consulate in Boston

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:


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Resources for Basic Information about Australia and Oceania:


National Library of Australia picture file: Thousands of great images from Australia

Culture Grams: 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 here

Please check the resources page of this wiki for materials available in the Plympton Library and websites that provide additional information

Resources for Australian Music for Children


Australian Government 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:


http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/australia_links.htm -Australian Info and coloring pages


http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/jmresources/dreaming/stories.html - Aboriginal Dream Stories

http://www.abc.net.au/dustechoes/dustEchoesFlash.htm - 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
http://www.natickfarm.org/Pages/School_Programs/Elementary_Main.html

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 http://www.rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org/what_to_see/exhibits.cfm


Australian Holidays

  • First New Year Celebration in the world
  • Christmas Day- 12/25
  • Boxing Day- 12/27
  • Australia Day- 1/26
  • Anzac Day- 4/25
  • Easter Day
  • Labour Day- second Monday in March
  • Queen's Birthday- June

New Zealand:
6 February
Treaty of Waitangi Day (treaty signing date between Whites and Maoris)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Waitangi


25 April
ANZAC Day (began as Memorial Day for NZ/AU soldiers killed in WWI at Galipoli)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day

South Pacific Island Holidays

Bali

  • 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

http://aboriginalart.com.au/gallery/gallery_intro.html
Iconography, Aboriginal Art, symbols, history

http://www.cooinda-gallery.com.au/aboriginal_art.asp
History and iconography behind Dot Art with images and icon key

http://www.aboriginalartonline.com/index.php
Aboriginal Art examples and history

http://www.australianativeart.com/aboriginal-art-card-series/aboriginal-art-for-children/
Children’s Aboriginal Art; history and project ideas

http://www.australianativeart.com/aboriginal-art-card-series/aboriginaldreamtime/
Aboriginal Dreamtime description

http://www.australianativeart.com/featured-aboriginal-artists/
Featured artists; Jon Turnbull

http://www.australianativeart.com/aboriginal-art-card-series/aboriginal-dot-painting/
Dot painting information

http://qag.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/collection_displays/australian_collection_rehang/landscapes_and_traditions
Landscapes & TraditionsAustralia

http://qag.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/collection_displays/australian_collection_rehang
Australia Current Collection (all types of art)

http://qag.qld.gov.au/collection/australian_art_to_1970/margaret_preston
Native AU flora paintings M. Preston-painter

http://qag.qld.gov.au/collection/australian_art_to_1970/dorrit_black
Foothills/landscape D. Black-painter

http://qag.qld.gov.au/collection/australian_art_to_1970/william_dobell
abstract Figure Painting_ William Dobell

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=df8_1177733901
Sand art demonstration

http://www.gondwananet.com/aboriginal-dot-paintings.html
Native Australian Painting techniques- good images or works in progress

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTuLUbU6Dkk
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
http://www.newzealand.com/travel/media/features/art-&-culture/art-culture_maori-arts_feature.cfm
Tasmanian Arts
http://www.aboriginalarttreasures.com/tasmania.php

Oceanic Arts

http://www.janesoceania.com/oceania_arts/index.htm

Fijian Arts & Crafts

http://www.fijiguide.com/page/4351878:Page:60

Javanese Art

http://www.art-pacific.com/artifacts/indonesi/folkptjo.htm

Balinese Art

http://www.marimari.com.my/content/bali/best_of/arts.html