Australian Indigenous People 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 following provides some idea of what is available online about this subject 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.


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Aboriginal Bark Painting __ Students will: Compare the characteristics of artworks in various eras and cultures, specifically the primitive cave art of 15,000-b.c. and aboriginal art of Australia.  Goals and procedures. - illustrated - From -

Aboriginal Dot Painting - Art Lesson Plan __ "Aboriginal Dot Painting - An Integrated Lesson Plan"  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From -

Aboriginal Dreaming Stories __ Animated dream stories, lesson plans and resources. - From -

Aboriginal Dreamtime Symbols Lesson Plan __ "Create your own dreamtime symbols in the style of modern Aboriginal culture."  Goals and procedure. - From -


Aboriginal Hand Prints Lesson Plan __ "One old man in Arnhem Land remembered being carried as a child on his father's shoulders as his father climbed up a log leaning against a rock wall. His father then sprayed his hand with red ochre against the rock, leaving a stencil he could still recognize many years later. The main function of the stencils was to record people's presence and association with a site." Aboriginal Art Online"  Here is a lesson plan based on that story.  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From -

Aboriginal Light Horsemen, Lesson Plan __ "When dealing with this subject, it is important to be aware that in some Aboriginal communities, hearing or seeing names or seeing images of deceased persons might cause sadness or distress, particularly to the relatives of these people. Some Aboriginal cultures may also have prohibitions on who may see certain records based on the age, or sacred or sensitive status of information in them, as it relates to individuals of any particular Aboriginal group. Students need awareness of these sensitivities and care in dealing with the information gained should be emphasised. Indigenous student should be given the option to participate in this learning session or undertake an alternative activity."  Lesson plan, goals, procedure. - From Australian Light Horse Studies Centre -  

Aboriginal Studies __ Here are a few class activities.  Some can be done anywhere and some will need to be done in Australia. - From Catholic Education Office, Perth, Western Australia -

Aboriginal Studies Webquest __ You will find everything you need to use this webquest as a classroom teaching experience. - illustrated - From -  

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


Australia to apologize to Aborigines - A Lesson Plan __ Background and lesson plan about the “stolen generation” meaning the 10,000 Aboriginal children who were forcibly removed from their parents and adopted by white families. - Goals and procedure. - From -

Australian Aboriginal “Cave Painting”: an Art Lesson Plan for Kindergarten to Third Grade __ "Art History is important to any art program, and is easy to integrate into this simple lesson plan. This lesson plan introduces students to the art of the Aboriginies of Australia in the form of dot paintings of hand prints and animals."  Goals, materials and procedure. - From -


Bark Art__ "Students learn about Aborigines, a group of people indigenous, or native, to Australia. Students view examples of Aboriginal bark art and create pictures in the style of Aboriginal bark art."  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From - 

Inspired by Aboriginal Art Art Lesson Plan __ A lesson plan where students can learn about Australian Aboriginal art and to be inspired to produce their own art work.  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - from -

Introducing Australian Aboriginal Culture to Special Needs Learners __ ""Bush Secrets" is a great start for special needs learners wanting to learn about Australian Aboriginal Culture. It gives teachers a neat beginning on helping young people who are reading chapter books for the first time, and sets the scene for a unit on world cultures lesson plans."  Goals, materials and procedure. - From -

Lesson Plan - Australian Folktales __ "Through a reading of the Australian Aboriginal folktale, The Secret of Dreaming, learners will describe what this creation tale reveals about the culture of the Aboriginals and will explain mankind’s permanent responsibility as caretaker of the land. How the Kangaroo Got Its Pouch will demonstrate how one individual’s actions are sometimes used to characterize an entire group as generous or selfish. The theme of generosity vs. selfishness is also explored in How the Selfish Goannas Lost Their Wives."  Objectives and procedure. - From - 


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