Monday, January 9, 2012

Free Printable Australia Day Learning Packet

With Australia Day just around the corner I thought it was about time we did a little learning about places much closer to home.

January 26th commemorates the landing of the First Fleet into Sydney Cove in 1788.

This printable overview packet will be used by all of my children in varying ways, they are aged 10, 7 and 3.

The download includes some research questions which will assist in completing these notebook pages.

Printable songs to learn and have on hand during Australia Day festivities.

Colouring pages of the Australian Flag, Coat of Arms and Golden Wattle.

3 part Montessori style cards. I have also included a snippet of information for each card, so that in effect they are 4 part cards. These can used for vocabulary work and making small booklets with the information.

Copywork in both print and cursive.

Aussie Slang cards, use as a matching activity or for a game of snap.

Clip the beginning sounds, for early phonics practice.

Tracing pages for early handwriting practice.

Do a Dot Marker pages or laminate and use on a cookie tray with magnets, coloured smarties, pom poms or something similar.

The Australian Flag size sequencing activity.

A couple of picture books that your children may enjoy that would work well with an Australia Day Theme are:

Join Grace and her family as they hit the road camping, experiencing, and meeting all the people and places that make up Australia. (from Amazon)

Grandma Poss uses her best bush magic to make Hush invisible. But when Hush longs to be able to see herself again, the two possums must make their way across Australia to find the magic food that will make Hush visible once more. “Another treat from Mem Fox that is sure to be treasured. The whimsical illustrations are a wonderful complement.” (from Amazon)


Ticia said...

What an awesome study! I look forward to using it when we hit international geography again, which will be forever from now at hte rater we're going......

The Homeschool Den said...

Fabulous! Fabulous! We are going over the seven continents with ED (as she doesn't know them that well). I wasn't planning to do anything on Australia per-se, but now?!! I've just got to print some of these out and stick them into our plans this week. Sadly, ED doesn't remember that much about Australia (to be expected, but it's still makes me sorry.) I'm happy to talk it up using your printables and bringing out some photos again. Thank you for making and sharing these resources.

By the way, if you don't get to Thredbo, then you should come our way. We'll put you up, show you the sites and even take you and the kids skiing if you plan it right. Now just that larger question of the plane fare and the 20 hours of flying! :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Kylie! Thanks so much for sharing this resource. I was planning to do something for Australia Day but hadn't organised anything yet. This is fab:)

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

This is a great unit! I'll save it for later when we revisit continents again.

The Adventurer said...

Great printable I am downloading now we have been studying Australia for a couple of weeks and just about to wrap things up with a Australian meal. Thanks for sharing

Beth ( said...

Wow - what a cool unit & printable pack. I wish I was from Australia!!! Besides that your country is BEAUTIFUL!! I had the priveledge of visiting for missions trip when I was in highschool =-) Glad to find another homeschooling blog. I am your newest Facebook fan - I'd love for you to follow me back, if you want to =-)

Jessica said...

Thankyou for posting this unit, we most vertainly will be using this next week:)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this site!!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome blog post. Im looking at creating an australia flag focused lesson plan to suit our National Flag day celebrations. Also to be used for Australia day. Question would be if the flag would change soon. please look there soon as plans will hopefully pop up soon.

Erin said...

Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing this! In the midst of creating a mega Australia Geo unit and these will certainly be a large part of our undertaking. I know how much work goes into this so once again, thanks!! :-)

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