This Toolbook covers everything you need to know about the "Land Down Under!"―the world's only country-continent. It discusses Australia's political system and current issues, drawing connections to the government of Great Britain. There is an excellent chapter on the economy: industrialization, GDP and standard of living; with particularly interesting comparisons of worldwide wage distribution. Did you know that Australia's factory workers are the highest paid in the world?!
In what could be some of the most interesting lessons ever, the "Australia" Toolbook traces the history of Australia from its beginnings as a British penal colony. These lessons include internet activities, photos, games and group activities that study the Aborigines, "Waltzing Matilda," the hole in the ozone, and the infamous "Stolen Generations."
Your students will love speaking like an Aussie, learning terms such as walkabout, moolah, earbasher, and Hooroo! Students won't even think about "chucking a sickie" (taking a day off) when class is this exciting!
Geography: The five themes of Australia's geography.
- Location: "The Great Mapmaster": Students form a human map of Australia. The world's oceans. What is Oceania? The International Dateline.
- Place: Crossing the continent. Climate. The Outback. Strange wildlife. Ozone layer. Australia's cities, why there? Rank! How does this city rate with you? Sydney Opera House, symbol of the nation.
- Interaction: Mining is big business. Map the mines! (It takes more than 30 different metals to run a laptop computer.)
- Movement: Japan is Australia's No. 1 trading partner. How is Australia connected to the rest of the world?
- Region : Play "Name that state!" Can you re-regionalize Australia?
- History: A pictorial history of Australia. It began as a penal colony. Read first-hand accounts by the convicts. The British impact on Australia.
- Culture: Can you talk like an Aussie? ("The rellies have lobbed.") "Waltzing Matilda"—the unofficial anthem. The arts in Australia. "Who am I?" (Famous Australians.) How Australia's geography has shaped the culture. If you lived in the Outback, how would your life change? The Aboriginal peoples and the incredible story of "Stolen Children." A+++ Australian films. Australian folktales. The aboriginal legend of "dream time." Can you write a legend?
- Government: Types of government. Australia is a parliamentary system. How to tell whether a country has democracy? Political cartoons about hot issues today. Rupert Murdoch, tabloid journalism, and his media empire.
- Economics: Examine Australia's economy, then play "Name that Strength!" Compare big Australia and little Japan. What makes a country rich? Key terms: GDP, per capita income, levels of development, standard of living, literacy rate, and more. Can Australia compete with low-wage Asia? (No – Australia's workers are the highest paid in the world.)
|#1 Graphic Organizer||How are you connected to Australia?|
|#2 Game||The Five Themes of Australia’s geography|
|#3 Mapping||What can you do with a world map? (Equator, hemispheres)|
|#4 Game||The world’s oceans|
|#5 Mapping||What is a strait? (Bass Strait)|
|#6 Mapping||What created Australia? (continental drift)|
|#8 Internet||Australia and Oceania|
|#9 Game||The Forehead Game (how to use an atlas)|
|#10 Game||s Simon Sez, Beat the Clock, Pin the Tail on Perth|
|#11 Mapping||What is the shape of Australia?|
|#12 Game||The Great Mapmaster!|
|#13 Game||Red Light, Green Light & Treasure Hunt|
|#14 Quotation||The International Date Line|
|#15 Internet||Interpret photos of Australia|
|#16 Game||Distinguish between physical & cultural features & The Bell Game|
|#17 Chart||Australia’s climate is dry|
|#18 Chart||Some places in Australia are drier than others|
|#19 Internet||and game What am I? (animals in Australia)|
|#20 Internet||What questions shall we ask about kangaroos?|
|#21 Internet||The koala|
|#22 Internet||research Australia’s cities|
|#23 Game||Australia’s cities|
|#24 Research||What caused this spot to become a city?|
|#25 Game||The Great Race: Australia’s cities|
|#26 Graphic Organizer||Sydney Opera House: symbol of the nation|
|#27 Research||How does this city rate with you?|
|#28 Game||How do Australians relate to the land and sea?|
|#29 Chart||Mining is a big deal in Australia. Why?|
|#30 Internet||Mining is big business in Australia!|
|#31 Mapping||Map the mines in Australia!|
|#32 Chart||Who owns businesses in Australia?|
|#33 Student Projects||Crossing the continent!|
|#34 Chart||Australia faces Japan!|
|#35 Mapping||Australia exports minerals to the world!|
|#36 Graphic Organizer||How is Australia connected to the rest of the world?|
|#37 Game||The states of Australia|
|#38 Game||Red Rover, Red Rover: The states of Australia|
|#39 Game||Don’t Look Up: The states of Australia|
|#40 Group Analysis||Can you re-regionalize Australia?|
|#41 Mapping||Draw your mental map of Australia!|
|#42 Game||The ABCs of Australia’s geography (recall terms)|
|#43 Game||Can you talk like an Aussie? (define terms)|
|#44 Lecture||and timeline The History of Australia (with graphics)|
|#45 Document||s and internet First-hand accounts by the convicts|
|#46 Graphic Organizer||How the British shaped Australia and its culture|
|#47 Group Analysis||Life is like a rock group: Australia began as a penal colony?|
|#48 Group Analysis||Life is like a rock group: What do you think about the Aborigines?|
|#49 Group Analysis||Life is like a rock group: What do you think about the ozone hole?|
|#50 Group Analysis||Life is like a rock group: What do you think about open-pit mines?|
|#51 Internet||A pictorial history of Australia|
|#52 Internet||The arts and sports - do they reflect Australia’s British heritage?|
|#53 Game||The ABCs of Australia’s history (recall terms)|
|#54 Game||Can you talk like an Aussie? (define terms)|
|#55 Game||Can you talk like an Aussie?|
|#56 Document||and internet “Waltzing Mathilda”|
|#57 Game||Who am I? (famous Australians)|
|How history shaped Australia’s culture|
|#58 Lecture||The Aussie culture (absolutely fascinating!)|
|#59 Internet||and research If you lived in the Australian Outback, how would your life change?|
|#60 Lecture||The Aborigines: history and culture|
|#61 Document||and internet The Stolen Children|
|#62 Films||The Stolen Children|
|#63 Group Analysis||Life is like a rock group: What do you think about the Aborigines?|
|#64 Group Analysis||Life is like a rock group: What do you think about Stolen Children?|
|#65 Quotation||How to write an Australian legend|
|#66 Internet||Australia folktales|
|#67 Internet||and game The ABCs of Australian culture|
|#68 Game||The ABCs of Australia’s culture (recall terms)|
|#69 Game||Can you talk like an Aussie? (define terms)|
|#70 Lecture||The government of Australia (with graphics)|
|#71 Graphic Organizer||Australia’s government: who, what, when, where, and why?|
|#72 Graphic Organizer||Does Australia have democracy?|
|#73 Lecture||Types of government|
|#74 Internet||Political Cartoons about issues in Australia|
|#75 Internet||A public opinion poll in Australia|
|#76 A Story||Rupert Murdoch: media giant|
|#77 Game||The ABCs of Australia’s government (recall terms)|
|#78 Game||Can you talk like an Aussie? (define terms)|
|#79 Game||Australia’s economy|
|#80 Game||The types of industry in Australia|
|#81 Game||The types of industry in Australia|
|Compare & Contrast|
|#82 Chart||Compare Australia and Japan|
|#83 Chart||Compare Australia and the U.S.|
|What makes a country rich?|
|#84 Graphic Organizer||The ingredients for industrialization|
|#85 Graphic Organizer||The results of industrialization|
|#86 Graphic Organizer||What does Australia export?|
|How to measure wealth|
|#87 Lecture||GDP, per capita income, and development|
|#88 Group Analysis||Is Australia developed or developing?|
|How to measure standard of living|
|#89 Graphic Organizer||What is Australia’s standard of living?|
|#90 Chart||Per capita income around the world!|
|Can Australia compete with Asia?|
|#91 Chart||Wages: Asia vs. Australia|
|#92 Document||Australia’s factory workers are highest paid in the world!|
|#93 Graphic Organizer||Can Australia compete with Asia?|
|#94 Graphic Organizer||How is Australia connected to the rest of the world?|
|#95 Graphic Organizer||The Challenges Ahead|
|#96 Debate||Australia’s economic future in the 21st century looks bright.|
|#97 Game||The ABCs of Australia’s economy (recall terms)|
|#98 Game||Can you talk like an Aussie? (define terms)|
|The Test||426 questions|
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