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A song about goannas

Goannas are a type of Australian lizards. Listen to the lyrics of the song performed by Don Spencer that asks lots of fun questions about goannas. Watch some goannas moving through the bush and looking for food.

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A song about the Kookaburra's call

Have you heard a Kookaburra's call? Watch this clip and listen to the lyrics of the song performed by Don Spencer that captures in sounds and words the magical call of the kookaburra.

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Sah-winnng into performance poetry!

Watch performance poet Komninos presenting some poems to school students and talking about his poetry. Find out what the students think make Komninos's poems different from poems they've met before. Discover a quick and easy way to start writing poems based directly on your own experience.

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Web designer: dragons: level 2

Browse jumbled web pages, which are all connected with dragons. Match material to the type of website it belongs to: cultural, natural science or Chinese restaurant. Identify features of the texts. For example, identify adverbs such as 'friendly' that refer to personal interactions. Match up the title, main body text, graphics ...

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'Baby bees' by Mel Stringer

'Baby bees', a poem by Melbourne writer Mel Stringer, describes the speaker's feelings of emptiness and sadness following a relationship break-up. The speaker describes the heartbreak of unrequited love. Each of the four stanzas appears in a white box and is set against the background image of a playing court. A cartoon ...

Teacher resource

Starting Smart: enterprising advertisers: persuade and inform

This curriculum package provides teachers of students in years 4-6 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work on persuasive texts, specifically advertisements. The lessons model a range of teaching and learning strategies to explore the purpose, organisation, language ...

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Alliteration poem

This is a resource that teaches students to write an alliteration-style poem, create a visual representation of the poem, and combine the two forms using Adobe Photoshop Elements. The resource consists of a 7-step lesson plan that introduces the topic to students and leads them through the process; guides to relevant technical ...

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Rap it up

This is a resource that focuses on rapping. It features three videos of Australian Poetry Slam champion Luka Lesson; two audio backing tracks; three activity sheets; a musical and poetic elements sheet; teacher notes including suggestions for extension activities in other learning areas; a glossary; and a link to the ARTS:LIVE ...

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The Power of the Pen - creating impactful texts

This is an interactive and engaging lesson aimed at developing a student’s ability to maximise the evocative nature of their fictional texts. This is an introduction into the use of advanced literary and poetic devices and the immediate responses they conjure in the minds of readers. Students will take away from this a ...