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Remembrance Day

“Australia’s biggest music names; Lee Kernaghan, Guy Sebastian, Sheppard, Jon Stevens, Jessica Mauboy, Shannon Noll & Megan Washington unite to release the official music video for the charity single, ‘Spirit of the Anzacs’, a tribute to those that have given their lives, those who have served, and those that still today step bravely into the unknown to serve our country.”

Remembrance Day, the 11th November, is an important commemoration in Australian schools and a complex concept for primary aged students. As always, use your discretion as to what is appropriate for your class, but the Lee Kernaghan official video of his song, “Spirit of the ANZACs” upon which my slideshow is based, is relevant and thought provoking.

Join the Flashcard Club for access to other free Australian content, including Remembrance Day theme words.

See also the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba Slideshow.

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Spirit of the ANZACS lyrics

Some background from the Australian War Memorial Website:

“At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In November the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted allied terms that amounted to unconditional surrender.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war. This first modern world conflict had brought about the mobilisation of over 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead, perhaps as many as one-third of them with no known grave. The allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead.”

The Education at the Australian War Memorial Facebook page has some great photos and further information.

Remembering my grandfather (far right) and his brothers:
Brothers 1943
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WA Day 2019

Help your young students to appreciate living in WA by talking about all the things they can do each day. Also included are links to the history behind the public holiday and images of our state emblems. The “Celebrate WA” folks have done a great job with a lot more resources available this year  – see the links within the slideshow.  Have a great WA Day and I hope you DON’T have to spend it writing reports!

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Easter

 

I’m very thankful that in my career I have taught in schools that embrace cultural diversity. This primary slideshow describes the significance of Easter for Christians and includes a link to an  Australian animation of the Easter story. As the longest Australian public holiday, a presentation of the Easter story provides an opportunity for students to understand our Judeo-Christian cultural heritage brought to Australia with the early settlers.  The Easter story represents Christian beliefs – just as Dreamtime stories represent Aboriginal culture and Ramadan reflects Muslim beliefs. An understanding of multiple cultural beliefs is enriching and essential for general knowledge in our multicultural society. There is no such thing as a neutral worldview, so I introduce all such cultural activities  with “This is what (group) believe about (event) …”

 

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Acts of Kindness

It is amazing what a difference it makes to “classroom climate” when we raise student awareness of the feelings and needs of others. This slideshow asks children to think about what makes them feel special and then encourages them to do those things for others – their friends and new potential friends. These ideas and others are available as Kindness Cards in the Flashcard Club.

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National Science Week 2017: Future Earth

National Science Week is from the 12th to the 20th of August with this year’s theme being “Future Earth”. This slideshow includes information about simple recycling, an lunch box investigation of recyclable materials and a craft activity to make something new out of recyclables. The offical site (opens in a new window) contains lots of interesting information and a downloadable guide with further early childhood resources and activities.

Happy National Science Week!

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National Science Week: Robots

National Science Week: Robots

Dogs now come in two versions; live and robotic! Meet CHiP the robot and Rusty the Jack Russell. This interactive whiteboard slideshow will hopefully create some interesting discussions about the advantages and disadvantages of both! Please let me know how the votes fall in the comments below and share with any early childhood teachers interested in a ready-made activity for National Science Week (commences on Saturday 13th August).

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