Amazing Australia
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Social Science Disciplines:
Anthropology, Geography, History

Mrs. McLeod's 2nd Grade
Echols County Elementary





Information / Resource Web Pages:

   Zoom School Australia - This is a visually appealing web site geared toward young children.  They can click on different pictures to learn many facts about Australia.

   Australian Museum Online - Learn about the environment and indigenous cultures of Australia.  Take a virtual tour of the museum.  There are links for students and teachers.

   Australian Animals - This is a great interactive web site where children can click on animals to see and learn about them (location, habitat, and description).

   Australia for Kids - A great deal of information can be found on Australia from this site.  Students can read a book, learn about the language, view the flag and a map, and find fun activities to do.

   Australian Food - A history of Australian food, as well as innovations in Australian food, is described here.  There are several Australian recipes that you can make at home.

   Australia:  The Land and Its People - This is a very informative web site.  Students can learn about the land of Australia, as well as its people and their culture.

   The First Australians - This web site is about the original people who inhabited Australia.  It gives a brief description of the Aborigines and the Torres Strait Islanders.

   Kids Down Under - Kids can learn about Australian animals and many interesting facts.  They can view a map and the flag, read an online story, and take a quiz.  There are also fun activities and worksheets that teachers can use.

   Australia Down Under - Read about the aborigines, geography, animals, and music of Australia.  This web site has a section of "fun stuff", including a coloring book and quizzes.

   Australian Homes - This web site is contains a collection of Australian homes.  Students can find out the history of each of the homes, as well as see pictures of them.



  Activities for Children 
   Go to the web site Australia for Kids.  Read the picture book, and then take the quiz.  You can check your answers after you finish the quiz.
GA QCCs:
S.S.2.11: 
Compares the present day customs and lifestyles of the United States to selected places in the Eastern Hemisphere including Japan and Australia-food, shelter, clothing, transportation, fine arts (music, art, and literature), natural and man-made resources, and production of goods/services.
LA.2.30:  Reads for understanding and rereads as needed for clarification, self-correction, and further comprehension.

   Click on the Zoom School Australia web site.  Print out the coloring page for Australia's flag.  Color the flag correctly using the appropriate colors.
GA QCC:
S.S.2.11: 
Compares the present day customs and lifestyles of the United States to selected places in the Eastern Hemisphere including Japan and Australia-food, shelter, clothing, transportation, fine arts (music, art, and literature), natural and man-made resources, and production of goods/services.

   Using the Kids Down Under web site, read about the didgeridoo.  When you finish, write three facts about a didgeridoo.
GA QCCs:
S.S.2.11: 
Compares the present day customs and lifestyles of the United States to selected places in the Eastern Hemisphere including Japan and Australia-food, shelter, clothing, transportation, fine arts (music, art, and literature), natural and man-made resources, and production of goods/services.
LA.2.40:  Writes a minimum of three sentences about a topic.

   Pretend you have a pen pal who lives in Australia.  Go to the Australia:  The Land and Its People web site.  Click on the Oz Kids link to learn how to speak like an Aussie kid.  Then write your pen pal a friendly letter using at least 5 of the Aussie words you have learned.
GA QCCs:
S.S.2.11: 
Compares the present day customs and lifestyles of the United States to selected places in the Eastern Hemisphere including Japan and Australia-food, shelter, clothing, transportation, fine arts (music, art, and literature), natural and man-made resources, and production of goods/services.
LA.2.42:  Writes in a variety of genres to include correspondence (including writing letters and addressing envelopes).



Collaborative Activities to do at Home 
   Go to the Australian Museum Online site.  Help your child take a virtual tour of the museum.  When finished, your child will write a description of three things he/she saw on the tour.
GA QCCs:
S.S.2.11: 
Compares the present day customs and lifestyles of the United States to selected places in the Eastern Hemisphere including Japan and Australia-food, shelter, clothing, transportation, fine arts (music, art, and literature), natural and man-made resources, and production of goods/services.
LA.2.40:  Writes a minimum of three sentences about a topic.

   Using the Australian Food web site, find one Australian food that you and your child would like to learn about and make.  Follow the recipe for the food you choose.  Students will bring the food they make to school and share it with the class.  They will give a brief description of the food along with its history.
GA QCCs:
S.S.2.11: 
Compares the present day customs and lifestyles of the United States to selected places in the Eastern Hemisphere including Japan and Australia-food, shelter, clothing, transportation, fine arts (music, art, and literature), natural and man-made resources, and production of goods/services.
LA.2.5:  Uses oral language for different purposes: to inform, to persuade, and to entertain.
LA.2.17:  Follows written directions.

   An acrostic poem is a type of poetry that can be written to show what you know about a particular topic.  You choose a word as your topic, and then use each letter in the topic as the beginning of a word or line that tells something about that topic.  Click here to see some examples.  Help your child write an acrostic poem using the word Australia or any Australian topic.
GA QCCs:
S.S.2.11: 
Compares the present day customs and lifestyles of the United States to selected places in the Eastern Hemisphere including Japan and Australia-food, shelter, clothing, transportation, fine arts (music, art, and literature), natural and man-made resources, and production of goods/services.
LA.2.42:  Writes in a variety of genres to include correspondence (including writing letters and addressing envelopes).

   Help your child go on an information scavenger hunt.  You can use the given web sites or other available resources.  You and your child will need to find the following things:  the capital of Australia, 3 animals native to Australia, 5 Aussie words and their meanings, 2 popular tourist attractions, an Aboriginal musical instrument, 2 Australian foods, an important good exported from Australia, and 2 types of Australian homes.
GA QCC:
S.S.2.11: 
Compares the present day customs and lifestyles of the United States to selected places in the Eastern Hemisphere including Japan and Australia-food, shelter, clothing, transportation, fine arts (music, art, and literature), natural and man-made resources, and production of goods/services.



Resources for Children

   1.  Rookie Read-About Geography:  Australia - written by Allan Fowler
    This is a great non-fiction book for children to read.  It discusses the continent of Australia and why it is called "the land down under".  Children can read about the places to visit, such as the cities, the outback, and the Great Barrier Reef.  They can also learn about the animals.  There is a "words to know" section in the back of the book.


  
2.  Postcards from Australia - written by Helen Arnold
   
This interesting book is a collection of postcards written as if by children.  As the children travel through Australia, they write about the many different things they encounter.  The children tell about the cities, transportation, the languages, the outback, occupations, animals, the bush, the Aborigines, and tourist spots.  There is also a glossary included.


   3.  Australia - written by Betsey Chessen and Pamela Chanko
   
This is an easy-to-read book for children.  It tells about each of the things that "Australia is", such as the cities, ranches, land forms, places to visit, animals, and the flag.  There are informative facts in the back of the book.


Just for Fun:
   4.  Koala Lou - written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Pamela Lofts
  
  This is an enchanting story of a young Koala who thinks her mother does not love her anymore.  She enters the Bush Olympics to see if she can win her mother's love again.  She did not win the gum tree climbing competition, but realized in the end that her mother loved her all along.  This story is set in Australia and has wonderful illustrations of the many animals you can find there.


  
5.  I Dreamed I Was a Koala - written by Debra A. Johnson and illustrated by Stephanie Kranz
   
A young boy travels to Australia in his dreams.  He hears a kookaburra and notices that he is a koala.  He meets the many animals of Australia while he is there.  Then Australia disappears, and he realizes that he was just dreaming.



  
6.  Marsupial Sue - written by John Lithgow and illustrated by Jack E. Davis
   
This is a cute story written in the form of lyrics.  It is about a young marsupial who is unhappy being a kangaroo.  She gets hurt throughout the book as she tries to be like other Australian animals.  In the end, as she enjoys being like a wallaby, she realizes that a kangaroo is just like a wallaby.  Therefore, she is finally happy as a kangaroo.



 Resources for Parents

   1.  Australia:  Enchantment of the World - written by Ann Heinrichs
   
This is a very informative resource for parents.  It explores almost everything you need to know about Australia, including the geography, animals, occupations, religions, arts, and ways people live.  There is also a handy timeline of the history and fast facts section at the back of the book.


   2.  Australia ABCs:  A Book About the People and Places of Australia - written by Sarah Heiman and illustrated by Arturo Avila
   
This is written as an alphabetical journey through the many aspects of Australia.  It contains a great deal of information as it explores the people, culture, geography, wildlife, and history of Australia.  It also includes activities, fun facts, and a glossary.


3.  Journey Through Australia - written by Rod and Emilie Cooper
   
This book contains a wealth of information about Australia.  You can learn about the cities, sports, bush, Tasmania, Aborigines, animals, and landscapes.  An informative fact file and time chart can be found in the back of the book.

Just for Fun:
   Video by National Geographic Kids Video:
   Really Wild Animals:  Wonders Down Under - narrated by Dudley Moore
    You can travel to Australia with National Geographic's animated globe named Spin.  While there, you can learn about the many interesting and strange qualities of the animals from "the land down under".



Pre-Post Test

1.  Why is Australia called the "land down under"?
    a.  It is below the United States.
    b.  It is an island.
    c.  It is south of the equator.
    d.  It is partially under water.

2.  Australia is the only continent that is also a __________.
    a.  state
    b.  country
    c.  peninsula
    d.  colony

3.  What are ranches known as in Australia?
    a.  farms
    b.  cities
    c.  the outback
    d.  stations

4.  Which of the following was a weapon used by the aborigines?
    a.  boomerang
    b.  crossbow
    c.  slingshot
    d.  catapult

5.  What is the name of an aboriginal musical instrument?
    a.  didgeridoo
    b.  kookaburra
    c.  billabong
    d.  dingo

6.  Which of the following animals is not a marsupial?
    a.  kangaroo
    b.  wallaby
    c.  koala
    d.  platypus

7.  Which good is an important export from Australia?
    a.  eucalyptus
    b.  coral reef
    c.  wool
    d.  beef

8.  The hot and dry outback, located in the middle of Australia, is also known as the __________.
    a.  desert
    b.  grassland
    c.  bush
    d.  plain

9.  What does bush tucker mean?
    a.  an unusual Australian animal
    b.  foods found in the wild
    c.  a person who lives in the bush
    d.  a type of shrub

10.  Australia's most popular tourist attraction is a huge, red sandstone rock that rises from the earth and seems to glow at sunset.  It is known by the Aboriginal name of __________.
    a.  Uluru
    b.  Great Barrier Reef
    c.  Coober Pedy
    d.  Coral



Answers to Pre-Post Test:

1. c      2. b      3. d      4. a      5. a      6. d      7. c      8. c      9. b      10. a