Sunday, April 15, 2012

Free Printable Anzac Unit For Young Learners

Anzac Day is nearly upon us. I'll be honest this is one day on the calendar that we haven't dealt with much in our home.

Granted we generally watch some of the documentaries and always have discussions about the Anzac's and war in general, however we have never gone beyond that.

For me, there are a couple of reasons why. War is a difficult concept for young children to understand and so we have really placed the focus more on remembering those we've lost than on anything else.

Also, having a Grandfather that was a POW in Changi, there are many elements of the war I really would rather not know about. Yes I know, burying one's head in the sand is not acceptable, but when I consider how these events have no doubt shaped our entire family (and many other families world wide) for generations it is difficult to bring yourself to knowing and wanting to know more.

However, now that I have a 10 year old I figured this was the year we would tackle Anzac Day a little more deeply. Still, we are placing our focus more on the Anzac meaning and remembrance than we are on the actual war/s. I am working on a small unit for Lego Lover which I really hope to have ready to share with all of you in plenty of time.

In the meantime I have put together a simpler unit for Fairy Princess (7). I have no desire, at this stage in her life to have her reading horrible war stories. Others may feel differently and that's fine, but it isn't for us.

This unit, in a nutshell, is a simple cut and pasting activity. It can be as simple or as detailed as you wish it to be. I have placed the focus on reading picture books and discussions.

The download includes 3 pages of 'bubble webs'. Each one covers different aspects of Anzac Day.

This is where all the work is done for you, apart from a little background reading (for you) if you don't have a good understanding of Anzac Day and what it entails.

There are enough images supplied to complete all 3 pages of the 'bubble webs' included with the images are links to specific websites which give a clear explanation about each image. In many cases they link to sites specifically aimed at young children. 

You are then free to offer as much or as little information as you wish.

After you have discussed the image and possibly read a book, it can be cut out and placed onto the appropriate bubble web page.

There is a printable easy reader, simply cut apart on the cutting lines, staple and read, or have the child read if they are able to do so.

Ideas for crafts and cooking are also included to add in a hands on element.

A couple of simple pages for younger children.

A small selection of colouring pages are included.

Plus a sampling of Picture Book Suggestions.

As I stated in the beginning, this is a simple unit, where we will finish with 3 pages reminding us about Anzac Day. This will give Fairy Princess a basic understanding of the Anzac's one we can build upon in the years to come.

This unit can be downloaded for your personal use, by {clicking here}


Renata said...

Hi Kylie
What a fantastic idea! You've done a great job on your preperations. I hadn't thought of doing a unit on Anzac day, but I now think it's a wonderful idea ~ the children need to know about it as it is part of their history ( both Dave & I had grandfathers in the WW2).
Have a wonderful day

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this. I have been thinking about how to teach my children about ANZAC day for a while now.
Last year we read a couple of the books you mentioned, and visited our local RSL museum. This year I'd like to go a little deeper, even though they are still very young (5 and 7) but still keep things simple.
So thanks for sharing, we will certainly make good use of it.

3 Sound Schooling said...

I haven't really covered Anzac Day with our kids just yet, partly because both my and my husbands great grandfathers died during the Anzac War. I have to still figure out how to 'explain' what war is, so I've been ignoring the subject.
Thanks for the printables :)

Amber said...

Thanks so much for sharing. You've done a lovely job :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing Kylie! Great job!

Sig said...

great job as always. will use these

Tracey said...

Thank you once again Kylie for being so generous. This unit is perfect for Miss 6 who is extremely sensitive. I was driving myself crazy trying to find a way to teach her about ANZAC Day that wouldn't overwhelm her and you have achieved it for me.

~Amanda. said...

Thanks Kylie! I was hoping to put something simple together for my young crowd (8 and under) this year, but ran out of time. You have solved my problem! Thank-you!!!

Sheryll said...

Thanks, Kylie. This is a perfect introduction to Anzac Day for us. I don't want to do delve to deeply into the subject yet, so this is just right, we can use these and keep it as light as we feel we need to. Still debating whether we will go to a local service or not.

Smiley :) said...

thank you so much Kylie! God bless you for your sharing with us.These free downloads are very very helpful and make life just a little bit easier. thank you once again!

Stacie :-) said...

Thank you so much for the work that you have put into this unit, and for your generosity in sharing it! My children and I have enjoyed the journey very much. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the great resources you are sharing. I am using these with two special needs boys and it has just been wonderful. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a fantastic resource. Explaining ANZAC day in a way that is simple but not too "watered" down for young children is difficult. This seems to do it perfectly. I am looking forward to using this in the classroom. If people are looking for a text to share - a great book for younger children is "ANZAC Biscuits" by Phil Cummings.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing! Great resource for Early Learners. I can't wait to use some with my students! Thanks Kylie!

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