Explore The
Land Down Under

This TopicQuest was designed for Mrs. Barr's Second Grade Class at Northside Primary School by Niesi Ashe, a Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher

the outback

G'Day Mates!!  Do you know what land is an island, a country and a continent all in one?  Welcome to Australia!  Come explore this website, made just for you, and see what the "Land Down Under" has to offer.  From kangaroos to tasmanian devils (yes, there is such a thing!) to great white sharks, Australia has animals of all kinds, many of which are unique to this island.   You can also see how Australians celebrate holidays, how this country has many different landscapes and much, much more.  I hope you have a great adventure! 

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bouncing kangaroo
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kangaroo at the beach
Australia is a very interesting place. It has many different landscapes, including mountains, deserts and beaches.  Check out this picture book to learn about many interesting tidbits of the Land Down Under.

up close picture of tasmanian devil
Australia has many unique (and sometimes strange) animals to offer.  Click here to get information about the red kangaroo, the platypus and the flying fox.  A second website can be used to see many of the other animals that can be found on this island, from the tasmanian devil to penguins to koalas.

Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef, the world's longest reef, is located off the coast of Australia.  Check out this website to learn more about the reef and see pictures of all the different sealife that can be encountered here.

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Since Australia celebrates Christmas during their summer break, do you think the traditions are different from ours?  Click here to see a student's account of her Christmas in the Land Down Under and see if you were correct. You can even see some recipes for Australian traditional Christmas foods. 

up close photo of kangaroo

Think you know all there is to know about kangaroos?  Check out this interactive kangaroo page to see if you really know the facts about your kangaroos! 

Australia's flag
Syndney, Australia hosted the 2000 Olympics.  See some of the opening ceremonies biggest moments, including horseback riders, fire dancers and more!!

map of Australia
Need quick, basic facts about all of Australia?  This encyclopedia look provides an overview about the land, people, economy, government, history and modern Austraila. 
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Want more fun and games about Australia?  Check out these word searches and puzzles.

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Mission Activity
    Imagine that you are on a safari through the wild world of Australia.  On this mission, you will travel through the outback, through the mountain range and even to the beach to go diving at the Great Barrier Reef
    A TV show wants to hear about your travel experience on your journey.  I'd like you to write a story about Australia's unique animals that you see on your journey and the favorite animal you discovered in Australia.  You should also draw a picture of an animal you would see at the reef and in the outback. 

Mission Steps
1.  Visit the above websites and check out the many unique animals of Australia.

2. Decide which animal is your favorite.

3. Write a story about your favorite animal, telling me  what part of Australia the animal lives in and what the animal eats.

4. Draw and label a picture of your favorite animal that lives in the Great Barrier Reef.

5. Draw and label a picture of your favorite animal that lives on the land of Australia. 

bouncing kangaroo

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