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Structural adaptation 1: teeth, tails and talons

A card game engages student interest in structural characteristics of Australian fauna, and encourages consideration of functions of these characteristics within a particular environment.

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Wombat stew. Integrated program

Inspired by the picture book Wombat Stew, lessons involve children in going on a Wombat walk to collect rubbish, investigating animal habitats, creating an Australian animals alphabet frieze, creating animal number stories, exploring vocabulary, making Wombat soup, discussing safe and unsafe situations, developing a news ...

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Wombat stew: word work. English

Using vocabulary from Wombat Stew and Possum and Wattle: My Big Book of Australian Words, lessons involve children in classifying long and short words, counting syllables in words, blending and segmenting cvc words beginning with /k/ and /w/, learning strategies for reading and spelling words and creating tongue twisters.

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Wombat stew: counting and ordering animals. Mathematics

Based on the picture books Wombat Stew and One Woolly Wombat, lessons involve children in counting and ordering animals and solving and creating addition and subtraction number stories about the characters in Wombat Stew.

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Wombat stew: places animals live. Science

Inspired by the picture book Wombat Stew, lessons involve children in creating an Australian animal alphabet frieze, finding information about the habitats of Australian animals from digital and print sources and organising it into booklets and presenting information in the form of 'Who am I?' puzzles.

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Wombat stew: wombat walk. Society and Environment

Inspired by the picture book Wombat Stew, lessons involve children in going on a Wombat walk to collect rubbish from the playground environment, classifying the rubbish and representing data in a graph, and designing and creating posters to display around the school.

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Wombat stew: making wombat soup. Technology and Enterprise

Inspired by the picture book Wombat Stew, lessons involve children in making a booklet called, What went into the stew?, exploring recipe books, describing vegetables, making and evaluating a healthy wombat soup and completing a recipe.

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Wombat stew: keeping safe and fit. Health and Physical Education

Based on the picture book Wombat Stew, lessons involve children in learning about protective behaviours through identifying safe and unsafe situations in the story and in their own lives. Children play games such as Wombat Dingo Chasey and Into the Pot.

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Wombat stew: questions and answers. Aboriginal perspectives

Continuing the focus on Australian animals in Wombat Stew, children practise asking and answering questions in activities based on the big book, What Can You Do? They prepare a news plan and practise code switching between Home talk/Aboriginal English and School talk/Standard Australian English in a game of Code Switch Fish.

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Reading an informative text: Fashion rules!

This is an HTML resource for middle to upper primary students about how to answer reading comprehension questions that require them to compare, contrast, synthesise or classify information in an informative text. The resource has three tabs: Introduction; Text and questions; and Answer key. The Introduction tab discusses ...

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'A blazing light: For his Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche' by Georgia Walters

'A blazing light' by Georgia Walters is a poem commemorating the death of Buddhist Lama Chogye Trichen Rinpoche in which the narrator remembers him fondly and ponders questions about existence and the afterlife. The poem has the subtitle 'For his Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche' and is laid out in a simple single column, ...

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'Putting your body on the line' by Nathan Besser

'Putting your body on the line' by Nathan Besser recounts a Jewish schoolboy's attempts to gain popularity by being associated with a newly formed school rugby team. The narrator, Nathan, recounts his failure to make the team as a player. His persistent attempts not to be entirely left out result in him being taken on as ...

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'On nights like this' by Josephine Rowe

'On nights like this' by Josephine Rowe is a poem in which the narrator summons memories of her absent mother captured in unhappy domestic situations. Thoughts of her mother feeding the rabbits on a cold winter's night is the one memory the narrator finds the 'nicest'. The poem is presented in a white box on a black background ...

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'Untitled' ('Poem for a journey') by Anna Dunnill

'Untitled' ('Poem for a journey') by Anna Dunnill evokes the speaker's state of grief and indecision and then imagines the slow and painful movement towards healing and renewal. The poem is laid out as a single column, surrounded by clean white swirling lines growing up against a black background.

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'The time I leapt into the sky ...' by Wanyima Wighton

'The time I leapt into the sky ...' by Wanyima Wighton is a short fiction in which the narrator describes taking flight interposed with memories of childhood - the adventures, games and imaginings. The piece is on a single page in two columns.

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'Timeless' by Benjamin Teicher

In the allegorical short story 'Timeless' by Benjamin Teicher, Walter, an old clock repairman, contemplates his future as the world prepares for time to stop. On a house call to fix an antique grandfather clock, Walter learns from its owner that scientists have developed a machine that will cause time to stop in the near ...

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'Desert music' by Marley Berry-Pearce

'Desert music', by Marley Berry-Pearce, is a story about a boy who, while staying in a community with Aboriginal friends Felix and Jeremy and learning from them about the land and their culture, is challenged by some strange occurrences. The boy, who has been given the skin name Jangala, is taken on a hunting and food-gathering ...

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Australian Constitution in focus

The Australian Constitution is the legal framework for how Australia is governed. This article explores in detail the history of the Constitution, its key features and the High Court’s role in interpreting it. The page describes processes for amending the Constitution including through referendum as well as two case studies ...

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Aboriginal traditional knowledge and storytelling

This online resource library gives teachers direct access to cultural organisations and educators specialising in cultural awareness and traditional knowledge/storytelling.

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Water and human wellbeing

This is an online resource about water availability on Flores, an Indonesian island, highlighting the importance of access to sufficient safe drinking water for the wellbeing of a community. It describes a project carried out by a partnership between AusAID, World Vision and local communities, to provide access to a plentiful ...