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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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Mother’s Day

Mums are special people who deserve all the appreciation we can give them! This primary slideshow includes the famous “Mum Song” by Anita Renfroe where she sings all the statements mothers may make in a 24 hour period to the William Tell Overture! Also very amusing, is the video of interviews for “The World’s Toughest Job” conducted on unsuspecting applicants! Let’s take on the challenge help children recognise and appreciate everything their mothers do for them on a daily basis and, if you’re a mum, join me in having a good laugh at ourselves :-)

 

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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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Father’s Day

Just love the funny video, Dad’s Life! This light-hearted slideshow for primary students contains conversation starters based on the music video clip. Please also see the slideshow below: My Daddy Isn’t Here to address issues with students who won’t be be with their dads on Father’s Day.

 

 

The slideshow below is an unusual take on Father’s Day. Use just selected slides or them all to raise awareness and support those children who may not see their Dad on Father’s Day. It is just a sample of reasons why a child may not be with their father – there are many more. As in all teaching circumstances I’m sure you will determine what is appropriate for the needs of your class. Just a thing I’d like to add … a comment to my website mentioned that some children are not loved – hopefully they are by us! The child represented in the last slide has never known a Dad. At this point I ask the children who loves them eg family, friends etc And I say I love them too. It’s not just about the love of a father.

 

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NAIDOC Week : 8 – 15 July 2018

A slideshow for primary school students to explore the theme of “Because of her, we can!” through the artwork displayed on the poster by Cheryl Moggs, winner of the 2018 competition. To get help with addressing individual student learning and behaviour management needs, watch the 2 minute clip from the sponsor underneath!

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The Queen’s Birthday

Our next public holiday in WA is the Queen’s Birthday. Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most important dignitaries in the world and the constitutional monarch of Australia. Her image is on the currency we use every day but how much do our students really know about her – introduce the Queen to your students through this K-3 slideshow and join in the celebration of her birthday!

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ANZAC Day

This slideshow begins with a few slides about ANZAC Day suited to all students and is followed by another section for older students exploring the song, “Only Nineteen”, by the Australian folk band, Redgum.  Please preview the presentation and links to ensure the content is appropriate for your students. Some options for primary students, at your discretion;  just use part or all of the lyrics, mute the video and listen to the song, watch a selected segment of the video and mute the picture for the rest (or more graphic scenes) – you know the drill!! You may also wish to check out the ANZAC Day True/False Quiz created by my work experience student, Monica!

Further resources are available in my Remembrance Day post.

Printable: Only Nineteen Viewing Organiser

Video: The Last Post

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