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Twelve canoes: kinship

This is a rich resource about the kinship system of the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land. Its centrepiece, a short film narrated by a Yolngu storyteller, explains: which relatives are called 'mother', 'father' and 'grandfather'; how people are related to each other and to Country, animals, plants and objects; what ...

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Nnnn! Noodles sound nice

The letter N is at the start of some very neat words. Watch and listen as the two characters in this clip from Sesame Street make plans to nibble some noodles.

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Finish the story: boat disaster

Edit a comic book story about an adventure where a couple spend a day fishing from a boat, but then get stranded. Look closely at the narrative and make it more exciting and complete. Choose an ending. Improve the story by adding adjectives, choosing verbs and linking sentences using text connectives. Choose a title and ...

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Research task: assessment rubric: student

This assessment rubric is a tool for students which assesses student work. There are five criteria, each relating to one aspect of completing a research task. For each criterion, there are four levels of anticipated performance against which students can make a judgement about their own performance, or their peer's performance, ...

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Create Balinese shadow puppets

This is an activity consisting of a list of materials and a set of instructions for creating a Balinese shadow puppet. There are four steps of instruction for students to follow, with links to downloads for two styles of puppet template, as well as performance outlines for two plays. There is a linked video that shows a ...

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Show and tell: close encounter

Watch a short cartoon about seeing a lion on a forest path. Select noun groups, verb groups and phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the word groups to create the best order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add joining words, adverbs ...

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Read between the lines: park

Read signs around a park to gather information that will help you answer a question about the park. Analyse the information in each sign to work out the implied meaning, and to determine people's opinions, feelings and ideas about the park and whether it is a healthy place for children. Record your opinion of what each ...

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Show and tell: here, boy: assessment

Assess your ability to construct sentences by creating a recount of a cartoon about a dog in a backyard. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives ...

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Show and tell: eerie encounter

Watch a short cartoon about a close encounter with an alien spaceship. Select language elements to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the elements to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adverbs and adjectives to ...

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Show and tell: that cat

Watch a short cartoon about a cat chasing a bird. Select noun groups, verb groups and phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the word groups to create the best order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives and adverbs to make ...

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Words and pictures: first letter

Meet Di, an artist who paints phrases. Help Di paint three pictures by matching words that start with the same letter. Choose two words that have the same beginning letter such as zebra and zip. Select a third word to make a phrase, for example a zebra under a zip. Watch as Di paints a picture of the phrase. This learning ...

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Pirate treasure hunt: eight challenges

Join forces with Pirate Jack. He needs your help to solve eight problems and find the hidden treasure. Use the map to work your way through the obstacles one by one and in the right order. Apply your maths and literacy skills to make sure you collect the correct item before tackling the next obstacle. For example, you’ll ...

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Show and tell: here, boy!

Watch a short cartoon about a dog in a backyard. Select phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the phrases to create the best word order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives and adverbs to make the story clearer and funnier. ...

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World Wonders TV show: thunderstorm

Build a script about thunderstorms for a television show. Help a researcher to sort facts and pictures. Use a model structure, sample text and images to build an explanation. Include sections on causes, processes and effects. Make ideas in the script clearer and more interesting by choosing adjectives to make noun groups ...

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Riddle of the black panther: the search

Track down a black panther reported to be prowling around a town. Interview witnesses and gather information from sources such as a website, advertisement and newspaper article. Notice that some of the statements may be wrong and the opinions may be biased. Choose the evidence most likely to be accurate. Rate reliability ...

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Super stories: The Sea Cave: nouns and adjectives

Help a publishing director create a bestselling horror story. Read the story. Choose effective nouns and adjectives to increase the impact of the story and make it scarier. Select illustrations that highlight the horror of the events. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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Paul Kelly: stories of me

This is an integrated set of resources to support teaching and learning about a contemporary text dealing with popular culture, the documentary film 'Paul Kelly - Stories of Me'. The resource set includes an introductory video clip; a 71-page senior secondary resource entitled 'Paul Kelly: Portrait of an artist - a national ...

Teacher resource

Understanding learning difficulties: a practical guide

This booklet and its supporting information sheets are designed to provide a greater awareness of the significant impact learning disabilities can have on students, and to outline the effective remediation and accommodation strategies for use in the classroom. The resource focuses on specific learning difficulties that ...