Teaching Australia Day – Links to Free Resources (IWB or 1:1)

Tee heee….. I love that. Just had to share it ūüėČ

Whilst you’re sipping your beers and eating the fair from the BBQ I thought I’d gather some Aussie resources together to lighten the burden of next week’s lesson planning activities!

Let’s start with

IWB resources:

Promethean’s Activ Inspire users:

These are stored on Promethean Planet so when you get there you’ll need to sign in to download them ūüôā

For your resource library: Australia Day Wallpaper and Aussie Flags

and here’s a nice little lesson: Australia Day

SMART Notebook Users:

These come from See, Share, Shape:

Australia Day – A Historical perspective

Australia You’re Standing In it

and¬†Jo Villis’ also written some resources and shared them on her blog here

Hitachi Starboard:

From hitachistarboard.com.au

Everything Australian

Unfortunately, there’s¬†currently¬†nothing¬†on the Easiteach website (Easilearn) to help us with Australia Day ūüôĀ


From around the web:

These games are suitable in a range of settings and are good fun too! ¬†The first is probably best placed in middle/senior years, the second primary and the third early years but I have to be honest…. I reckon Lenny Loose Jocks would make an appearance in my Year 10 class if I could find a way ūüėČ

The SMH Australia Day Quiz – would look great on the IWB ūüôā ¬†I’d probably start a library/research lesson using the quiz. ¬†The questions here are quite hard for little ones and are firmly grounded in history. ¬†You might want to use it with Middle years and above.

Ask the students to answer the questions and record their scores (if you’re lucky enough to be in a 1:1 school then they can all do it! Although.. this is flash so watch out iPad users!) Then they can be given a specific time limit (Time them using your IWB software’s timer or this online one) to go and see how many answers they can find. ¬†Get them to do the quiz again to see how much they’ve learnt. ¬†The objectives might be based on skimming and scanning information, locating and evaluating information or just being a good citizen! ūüôā

About Australia Cross-Offs This one’s from citizenship.gov.au and has a giraffe, bouncing a basket ball (that gets it extra marks in my book..;) ) This quiz would also work beautifully on an IWB or in small groups on laptops or Andriod tablets – It’s Flash so iPads you’ll have to get an app to make it work ūüôā ¬†This time students are asked to “cross-off” the answers to questions which appear at the bottom of the page.

The questions are much easier in this quiz so you’d be fine to use this in a primary setting. ¬†The fact that all the answers are displayed, helps a bit – students can make a guess. Wrong answers, will of course lead to a learning conversation. ¬†Nothing happens to the table if they chose the wrong thing so maybe others can¬†explain¬†why that’s the wrong answer and give clues? ¬†At the same time,¬†be careful¬†using this in a 1:1 setting as some kids might take¬†advantage¬†of that instant feedback and just press everything until something crosses out… ¬†it’s one way to learn I guess ūüėČ

Lenny Loose Jocks - Australia Day Blast!Lenny Loose Jocks Australia Day Blast: ¬†There’s no Australia trivia to learn here but this would be wonderful in Early Years for developing hand-eye coordination. Or a great game used as a reward for being fabulous during your lesson.

All that happens here is that Lenny Loose Jocks (lol) flies past on a coloured rocket. When he gets to the center of the screen students (or you avoiding lesson planning ūüėČ ¬†have to hit the bomb plunger that has the same colour as his rocket. ¬†the rocket explodes and Lenny flies into space – unharmed (phew). ¬†you get given a score so, careful, a competition could ensue!



Have you found some other nuggets of Green and Gold? ¬†Please feel free to share links to your resource below ūüôā