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Easter symbols

What comes to your mind when you think of Easter? You may have known that some of the traditions we currently enjoy around Easter holidays have their roots in religion, but did you know some may have their roots in pagan traditions? This video explains what some Easter symbols mean and how they came about.

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Symbols of Australia

This resource explores some of the symbols Australians have chosen to represent themselves and their nation. The website is based on an exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.

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Images and symbols for quick, persuasive power

What can you do in just a few minutes? Current affairs stories are only a few minutes long yet need to present an entire argument. Let's explore a story about digital footprints, to see how words and images are used to convey a lot of meaning in a short space of time.

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Sites2See: How to communicate with aliens

Through the ages humans have used symbols and symbol systems to communicate with one another. Students are challenged to compile a message that could be understood by anyone in the world and possibly beyond.

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Rainforest: use compass points

Use compass points and a scale to find places on a map. Understand abbreviations such as N, W, SW and E. Follow instructions to find four locations. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

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Cheque facsimile - symbolic icon of Women on Farms Gathering at Glenormiston, 1994

This facsimile of a cheque to 'Swan Hill WOFG [Women on Farms Gathering]' is a symbolic icon of the Women on Farms Gathering at Glenormiston in 1994. The success of the Glenormiston Gathering made it possible for a cheque of $1,000 to be handed to succeeding organising committees as seeding money. This icon of the 1994 ...

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Rainforest: make a walking track

Mark the route for a walking track on a map of a rainforest. Choose a section of track based on instructions about distances, compass directions and grid references. Keep adding sections of track to get to the rest house. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

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Rainforest: read a brochure

Read a six-page brochure about the climate of a temperate rainforest in Victoria. Look at maps of Australia showing patterns of temperature and rainfall. Find out what clothing to bring and how to get to the rainforest from the airport. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words.

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Ready to race: wheels, jets, tyres and gears

Go to a race track and collect information from different kinds of visual texts to make your kart the fastest on the track. First, add important kart parts and choose the style of kart you want. Then collect information about the time and place of your race. Next, go to the garage to set up your kart before doing a starting ...

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Metal spring - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Beechworth, 2001

This long, coiled, rusted metal spring was displayed at the 2001 Women on Farms Gathering at Beechworth in north-eastern Victoria. It measures 68 cm in length and 12 cm in diameter.

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Mallee bottle - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Ouyen, 1998

This mallee bottle artwork was created as a symbolic icon and display item for the Women on Farms Gathering at Ouyen in 1998. The bottle contains sand and seeds, it has a cluster of gumnuts around the neck and is stoppered with a cork. It is symbolic of the way individuals, represented by the different grains of sand and ...

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Mallee root - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Swan Hill, 1995

This mallee root artwork was created as a symbolic icon and display item for the Women on Farms Gathering at Swan Hill in 1995. The root has a sawn edge showing the red-brown colour inside. A metal plaque reads: 'WOMEN ON FARMS / GATHERING / SWAN HILL / 1995'. The artwork measures 21.0 cm (length) x 18.0 cm (width) x 15.5 ...

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Horseshoe - symbolic icon of Women on Farms Gathering at Yarra Valley, 2000

This horseshoe, decorated with yellow, pink and green ribbons, was selected as a symbolic icon and display item for the Women on Farms Gathering at Yarra Valley in 2000. The horseshoe and ribbons measure 47 cm (height) x 15 cm (width).

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We remember - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work for the middle primary years about the symbols of Australia, the significant events and lives Australians commemorate, and how these symbols and events have changed over time. The unit contains five focus questions that are explored through sequences of learning with student activities and ...

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Cogs from harvester - symbolic icon of Women on Farms Gathering at Horsham, 2004

These interwoven cogs from a well-used Shearer grain harvester were selected as a symbolic icon and display item for the Women on Farms Gathering at Horsham in 2004. The cogs symbolise how women are the cogs that keep the community turning.

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'Rustic rose' - symbolic icon of Women on Farms Gathering at Benalla, 2005

This 'rustic rose' sculpture was created as a symbolic icon and display item for the Women on Farms Gathering at Benalla in 2005. It was made by Bonnie Leatham, the daughter of one of the Gathering organisers, from barbed wire and an old tobacco tin found on her property. The sculpture measures 59.5 cm (length) x 4.7 cm ...

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Shots in word pictures

How can visual artwork enhance our experience of the written word? Here, a reading from 'Shots', a memoir by Cold Chisel's primary songwriter Don Walker, is accompanied by a series of images by animator and illustrator Marieka Walsh. This clip was taken from a series titled 'Radio With Pictures'. To find out more visit ...

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Creating Avatars

The resource provides advice and help for students to create avatars as visual representation for a variety of publications. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum in English K–10.

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Irrigation shovel - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Numurkah, 1992

This is an irrigation shovel that was displayed at the 1992 Women on Farms Gathering, held at Numurkah in northern Victoria. The shovel has a wooden handle. The blade of the shovel is rounded at one end and is quite rusty. The shovel's dimensions are 158.5 cm x (length) x 23.0 cm (width) x 4.0 cm (height).

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Lest we forget

This resource will lead students in commemorating the centenary of the First World War. Students will develop historical research skills through the investigation of the use of symbols, memorials and the Anzac spirit and their significance in Australia and across the world. The resource will support the introduction of ...