I am a social sciences girl at heart (history and geography were my favourite subjects in high school). This term I am excited to be teaching a 5 week program on Australia with my year three class. This is my first time teaching with the Australian Curriculum for Geography. I am finding it familiar and not that different to the old SOSE syllabus I used to use.
To link with my English program, I am using a couple of picture books. One of them is a classic that has been around for a while and the other is a new one I picked up a few weeks ago.
Are We There Yet by Alison Lester
This classic has been around for a while, and I have used it many times over the years. The book details the journey of a family as they travel around Australia. The family visits many places along the way, helping students to learn about some of the interesting places Australia is home to.
Teacher’s Notes are available.
A is for Australia by Frane Lessac
This title is fairly new and is a beautiful addition to any teacher’s personal library. Each page takes you to a new letter of the alphabet and a new place in Australia. There is information about each location and stunning pictures to match. This book takes you to some of the usual and most recognisable Australian destinations, as well as some of the lesser known spots.
Teacher’s Notes are available.
Geography – Year 3 Geographical Knowledge and Understanding ACHGK014
The representation of Australia as states and territories, and Australia’s major natural and human features.
Both books are great for teaching students about the states and territories of Australia. Each book contains a map, showing the locations mentioned in the text. Major cities and natural features are showcased, giving a thorough journey through the natural and human features of Australia. Both titles lend themselves to being used as the basis for a virtual journey around Australia, studying various locations along the way.
English – Year 3 Creating Literature ACELT1601
Create imaginative texts based on characters, settings and events from students’ own and other cultures using visual features, for example perspective, distance and angle.
Are We There Yet is the perfect inspiration for writing a narrative involving family holidays/travel. I am planning to use the idea of travelling in Australia as the topic for a narrative project we will work on. I am planning to use our class ipads to make a stop-motion version of each student’s opening scene.
English – Year 3 Creating Texts ACELY1682
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print, and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose.
A is for Australia provides detailed information about many Australian places, so is a great place to start for creating persuasive or information text. I am planning to get my students to plan a 5-page travel website about Australia. This is my take on the old-fashioned travel brochure idea. Students could also make their own A to Z of Australian places.
I am looking forward to sharing these books with my class as we delve into the Geography curriculum this term.