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State, territory and Australian parliaments

This website is about the parliaments of the states and territories of Australia, as well as the Australian Parliament. It describes the different origins of the colonies and their movement to self-government during the 19th century, and subsequent federation into one nation in 1901. The resource describes the structures, ...

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Expeditions return home from 'New Holland'

Discover what happens when the expeditions of Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin return home. Both explorers brought back detailed maps and specimens, including live kangaroos and emus, from 'New Holland'. How will each explorer be celebrated and remembered? Watch this clip to find out.

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Late again!

Ever missed an appointment because you misread a timetable? Well it is easily done if you don't know how to read 24 hour time. In this clip, see how to read 24 hour time and find out where it is commonly used. Look at the other time system used -12 hour time. Find out what those letters 'am' and 'pm' really mean! Compare ...

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Journey planner: quickest route 2

Help two children travel around town. Look at a map, then check bus and train timetables. Choose the fastest route. Notice that you may need to change between train or bus lines to achieve the best result. This learning object is the second in a series of four objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

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My day: Li: level 3

Help Li by selecting the best texts for different parts of his day. Choose the correct text in a range of activities such as helping Li make up his mind about which food is healthy for breakfast, and what to pack in his school bag. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.

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My day: Jeneka: level 3

Help Jeneka by selecting the best texts for different parts of her day. Choose the correct text in a range of activities such as helping Jeneka get to school, and completing a project about Vincent Lingiari. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.

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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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This house: settling in Leichhardt [ESL]

Explore the life stories of a range of people who lived in a house in Leichhardt between 1885 and 2005. Find out where they came from, how they got to New South Wales and what they brought with them. Find clues to match objects with their original owners from Ireland, Italy, Lebanon and Tanzania. Answer questions about ...

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Write an article: responsible fishing: assessment

Assess your ability to write an article. Research fishing in Western Australia. Look at how and why laws restrict people from taking certain fish. Identify cases where laws apply: size limits, bag limits and closed seasons. Build a magazine article explaining the fishing laws. Use a model structure and persuasive text to ...

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A sense of time - unit of work

In this unit of work students develop an awareness of the passage of time and how events of the past can shape people's view of the present. It focuses on people who have lived and now live in the Murray-Darling Basin. Students will investigate their own personal histories, the exploration of the Murray-Darling Basin, all ...

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Our history - unit of work

This unit of work helps students develop an awareness of the passage of time and of how events of the past can shape those of the present. The unit focuses on the students’ own history and that of their community.

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My history - unit of work

This unit of work helps students develop an awareness of the passage of time and how events of the past can shape those of the present. The unit focuses on the students’ own history and that of their family and home.

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Australian symbols - unit of work

This unit focuses on symbols and some of the key images that are intended to represent or typify Australia. Students deconstruct and read a number of formal national symbols, research formal and informal symbols of Australia, and construct and represent symbols of Australia using writing, speaking, reading and art-related ...

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Who tells the story? - unit of work

In this unit of work students read different versions of popular stories and gain an understanding of how a story can be told from different points of view. They develop character profiles and a digital story based on one of the stories.

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This house: settling in Ballarat

Explore the life stories of a range of people who lived in a house in Ballarat between 1857 and 2000. Find out where they came from, how they got to Victoria and what they brought with them. Find clues to match objects with their original owners from Scotland, Germany, Greece and India. Answer questions about each of the ...

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This house: settling in Broome

Explore the life stories of a range of people who lived in a house in Broome between 1902 and 1982. Find out where they came from, how they got to Western Australia and what they brought with them. Find clues to match objects with their original owners from Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand. Answer questions about ...

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Rainforest: book a flight

Travel to a national park in Victoria. Practise using 24-hour time. Select departure and arrival locations on a map of Australia and New Zealand. Use a timetable to book the most suitable flight. As you go, look up the meaning of tricky words. This learning object is the third in a series of nine objects. Eight objects ...

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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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Responsible fishing in Western Australia: write an article

Go fishing in Western Australia. Look at how and why laws restrict people from taking certain fish. Identify cases where laws apply: size limits, bag limits and closed seasons. Build a magazine article explaining the fishing laws. Use a model structure and persuasive text to support a responsible position. For example, ...

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This house: settling in Mackay

Explore the life stories of a range of people who lived in a house in Mackay between 1890 and 1989. Find out where they came from, how they got to Queensland and what they brought with them. Find clues to match objects with their original owners from England, Malta, the Netherlands and Samoa. Answer questions about each ...