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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Oceania Resources

Welcome to the National Museum of Australia

Official Web site of the National Museum of Australia.

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.

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

Australian Government site describes the indigenous, classical, country and pop/jazz/rock music of this country


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

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 Oceania Art-related websites

Iconography, Aboriginal Art, symbols, history
Aboriginal Australian Art
Queensland Art Museum
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
Oceanic Arts
Fijian Arts & Crafts
Javanese Art
Balinese Art


Possible curricular Tie-ins

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.
  • 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 New Zealand
  • 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