Australian General Resources & Australian History Lesson Plans & Classroom Activities

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Please note that with regard to lesson plans dealing with anthropology, archaeology, indigenous people, ancient civilizations, history, etc, there may be some cross-over and blurring of lines between the topics.  For example, a lesson plan dealing with archaeology is automatically dealing with an anthropological subject.  A lesson plan dealing with indigenous people is also automatically dealing with anthropology and any of them may, or may not, be dealing with history or ancient civilizations.  While every attempt will be made to keep the topic lines as 'clean' as possible, be aware this may not always be possible.

Appropriate grade or age levels are included with the lesson plans.

The number of lesson plans available online for this topic are too numerous for a single list.  The following provides some idea of what is available and will hopefully be a good starting point.


*While many lesson plan sites have a subscription fee or otherwise sell their lesson plans (that is an additional feature of some of the sites found here)  all lesson plans and collections of lesson plans listed here are free.


Art of Australia __ About two thirds down the page you will find several lesson plans about Aboriginal art and culture. - From -

Australia - FREE Lesson Plans and Games for Kids __ Collection of lesson plans and other activities for the classroom. - From -  

Australia __ While not exactly a collection of "lesson plans," you will find many resources which are interspersed with "webquests."  The quests can make a good class project in their own right. - From -

Australia: History - eThemes __ You will find articles, animations, lesson plans, printables and more. - From -

Australia lesson plans for elementary school teachers in grades K-6 including geography trivia activities, programs and thematic units on Australian history and culture, map skills curriculum, classroom and teaching ideas __ All that and more - From -

Australia Theme - Lesson Plans, Thematic Units, Printables, Worksheets, and More...__ You will find a selection of lesson plans and resources.  Note: the selection "Australia," with the 22 lesson plans, for now at least, leads to error 404 pages. - From - 

Australia Unit Plan __ "Welcome to our unit on the 'Land Down Under'. We have compiled many lessons with fifth and sixth graders in mind. It is planned to last for eighteen days. In this unit, students will acquire much knowledge about Australia."  Goals, procedure, needed materials and resources. - From Wayne State - 


Australian Mini-Unit __ "This five-day unit was designed as part of the graduate level Comparative Education course at Pacific Lutheran University. It was developed in the summer of 1998. The unit was designed for a hypothetical class of fourth graders, but it can certainly be altered for other grade levels. The unit is a quick, broad-based social studies survey of Australia; any one of the topics of culture, government, geography, and animal and plant life could easliy be stretched out over several days."  Goals, procedure, needed materials and resources. - From Northwest Nexus -

Australia History for Kids - FREE Presentations in PowerPoint format __ Lesson plans, activities and more. - From -

Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Queensland's Floods __ "News English Lessons: Free 13-Page ESL lesson plan on Queensland's Floods - Handouts, online activity, mp3... for teaching current events." - From -

Bushrangers __ Students research historic bushrangers and complete several projects including creating a wanted poster, and creating a video.  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From -  

Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation Project __ "The following lesson plans have been prepared for the Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation Project by specialist eductators from the History Teachers Association of Victoria, the Social Educators Association of Australia and edited by Wendy McNabb, Sophie Couchman and Maureen Welch...Using lesson plans - provides and introduction to the lesson plans and information about how to use them." - From La Trobe University & Museum of Chinese Australian History - 

Denise's Australian Units __ Here is a great collection of lesson plans which includes: Explorers, Convicts, Gold, and much more. Goals, procedure and needed materials. - From Denise Lawson - 

Five-Day Australian Mini-Unit __ "The unit is a quick, broad-based social studies survey of Australia; any one of the topics of culture, government, geography, and animal and plant life could easliy be stretched out over several days "  Goals, procedure - From -

History of Australia Lesson for ESL Students: The Goldfields of Victoria __ "Located two hours drive from suburban Melbourne, the tiny historical town of Walhalla offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience country Victoria, and gives ESL teachers the chance to teach about Australian history through the Victorian goldfields."  Goals and procedure - From -

Learning to Give - Lesson Plan - Australia, Land of the Outback __ "Learners will explore some examples of culture and illustrate the impact on stewardship and philanthropic organizations in Australia while gaining knowledge about the geography of Australia."  Goals, procedure and needed materials. - From -

Lesson Plan Search: Thematic Units: Social Studies: Australia __ A couple of pages of lesson plans and class activities about things Australian. - From -

Lesson Plans - Great Barrier Reef __ "This lesson will help students understand the environmental importance of coral reefs and the threats to reefs' conservation. Through the process of gathering geographic information about a place (in this case, the Great Barrier Reef), students will learn how a "geographic focus" can sharpen their insights about a conservation issue. "  Goals and procedure - From -

Making multicultural Australia __ A site loaded with lesson plans, quizzes, and many other resources for teacher and classroom. - From -   

National Capital Authority Education Kit - The Story of our Nations Capital __ You will find background and several lesson plans dealing with the Australian capital and government. - From Government of Australia - 

Racism in Australia - Lesson Plans __ You will find three activities and lesson plans about racism in Australia - From -

The Teacher's Corner - Teacher Resources - Lesson Plans __ Here are numerous lesson plans and other materials about Australia. - From - 




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