Teacher guide Who are the families of the world?

TLF ID M017767

This is a unit of work about the diversity of families around the world. Intended for the early years and written with a global education focus, the resource consists of five single- or multi-lesson activities, titled We are family; Who are the people in my family?; Families that work together; Let's remember the good times; and When I grow up. The activities include discussions, role-play, brainstorming, drawing diagrams, matching images to places and categorising them, reading and responding to texts, displaying findings and creating texts and presentations. The resource provides links to video clips, activity templates and a range of resources about human rights.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is an excellent integrated unit of work for children in Foundation (F) and years 1 and 2, suitable for either straight grade level classes or multi-age groupings. It integrates aspects of the history and English curriculums, reflects the Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia cross-curriculum priority and helps children develop the Literacy and Intercultural understanding general capabilities.
  • It is particularly valuable for the history curriculum. It is highly relevant for four content descriptions in F and year 1 that refer to families and is also of value for year 2 content description about the impact of changing technologies on people's lives. In regard to the English curriculum, the resource connects with content descriptions that refer to sharing personal responses or thoughts about the characters in texts (F and year 1), responding to texts drawn from a range of cultures and experiences (1), and creating short imaginative or informative texts (year 2).
  • Many of the images and activities refer to families in various Asian countries and thus the resource is of considerable value for the Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia cross-curriculum priority. It is especially relevant for the organising idea - the peoples and countries of Asia are diverse in ethnic background, traditions, cultures, belief systems and religions. The diversity theme is also important for the Intercultural understanding general capability, particularly for its organising element that focuses on recognising culture and developing respect and its learning continuum about exploring and comparing cultural knowledge, beliefs and practices.
Year level

F; 1; 2

Learning area
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • History
  • English

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Organization: Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
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  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
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  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
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