All About Australia

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This lesson introduces students to the continent of Australia.  Students are familiar with the seven continents but may not have much knowledge of each continent, the countries, people, attractions, and other information about the continent.  This is one lesson in a series of lessons related to each of the seven continents, when students can “travel” around the world learning about other cultures and peoples.  It is recommended students view one or more videos to enhance their “trips” to the continent.

All About Australia Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the All About Australia
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Introduce your students to the exciting and unique continent of Australia with this lesson.  The lesson provides some historical background information about Australia, as well as the reason why it is known as the land of “down under.”  The states of Australia, such as Queensland and Victoria, are briefly described. Finally, the lesson details some of the attractions of Australia, such as the Great Barrier Reef and kangaroos.  This is one lesson in a series of lessons related to each of the seven continents, when students can “travel” around the world learning about other cultures and peoples. It is recommended students view one or more videos to enhance their “trips” to the continent.

Classroom Procedure:

  1. Display the following terms: outback, down under, barbie, crikey, blimey, G’day mate, bloke.  Ask students if they know their meanings and origins.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. (One or more students should recognize the Australian terms.)  Ask students to use the terms in a sentence.
  3. Allow for responses. Introduce All About Australia.
  4. Distribute All About Australia content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use a map of Australia to identify locations referred to during the reading.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity pages (one set per group). Read and review the instructions.  Place students in groups of 3 or 4 to play the Top Kangaroo!  There are questions related to the content, but many questions include Australian words and phrases.  Students may understand some of them, but the game will help them learn more and speak like someone from “down under”.  Allow students sufficient time to play.
  6. Once completed, as a review, you may choose to ask the class each of the questions using a spelling bee format.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Discuss penal colonies, their uses, and allow students to share their opinions about them.
  9. In closing, ask students: What would you like the most and least about living on an island like Australia? Why? 
  10. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, 7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3, 7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies