Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Resources, where do you start?

Related sites to Humsteach blog 
Australian Curriculum Portal
AC History Units
DECD Learning Resources for Australian Curriculum
DECD Achievement Standards Charts 
Australian Geography Teachers' Association website

Geography Teachers Association of South Australia
History Teachers Association of South Australia
History Teachers Association of Australia



Resource presentation day!

The focus of the resource presentation is to select a resource and do the following when showcasing to the workshop:

* connect the resource to the Australian Curriculum: HASS
* describe the resource and its purpose
* justify the use of the resource
* discuss any limitations of the resource
* be creative in showcasing the resource.

Internet resources showcased

* My Place in History

* Ollie’s World

* Geography Associations ‘Planet Sport

* YouTube clips - ‘Guess that Gadget’ series

* Rouse Hill House – Historic Houses Trust NSW

* National Museum Australia

* Google Earth

* Migration Museum of SA

* Whyalla Maritime Museum

* Scootle resource    http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

* Geoscience Australia

* Australian folksongs

* Language map

* How well do you know your world?

* Australian history mysteries

* Australian War Memorial

* Classroom photographs over time - and many more photos

* Kidsgeo games  The Oceana game

* Bound for South Australia

* This day in history and history orb

* Instagram as a teaching tool

Non-Internet resources

* The Aboriginal flag.

* 'Letters from Felix': Annette Langdan.

* An Inquiry suitcase of artefacts from India.

* 'The camel that crossed Australia': Alex_Anne Hemphill.

* "Are we there yet? "by Alison Lester and a YouTube to accompany the reading of the children's picture book , 'Are we there yet?' by Alison Lester (2004). Powerpoint on this by resource  is available if you click her (thanks to Ellen Barr for allowing this presentation to be posted)

* My "Story book" collection

* If the World were a Village by David Smith

Storybooks to consider

 'Window on a changing World' storybook: great to 'tease' out the geographical concepts with students

The power of story telling in HASS

In her excellent article on storybooks in geography called Reading the world, Anne Dolan says:

"While the value of picture story books in language and literacy is widely accepted, picture story books also provide a powerful medium in the teaching of geography. They demonstrate meaningful concepts and represent the world a child is coming to know."

In this posting I have listed and linked to a range of such books and resources that may provide teaching materials for primary school teachers wanting to 'do geography' a little differently with a literacy bent. Whilst on about using literature for teaching geography I must again refer to the excellent Global Words resource from the Primary English Teachers Association Australia (PETAA) - developed in collaboration with World Vision.

The 'Geography through Storybooks' resource 

The following sites are useful to start searching for a picture story book/s to teach geography, whether about place, space, change, sustainability, interconnection, environment or scale.

* Our Geography Through Story resources: Storybook collection

* A bibliography of storybooks for geography

* Books for junior geography

* Popular geography children's book

* Children's books for the geography buff

* Geography storybooks from other cultures

* Storybook son Pinterest

My Place storybook:  a great resource to teach about the importance of place to people.

* Here also is a list of books (with links to purchasing details) suggested for the primary years of the Australian Curriculum: Geography (compiled by Sue Mann from the DECD Torrens Partnership)

Stella's star liner
Clementine's walk
Henry's map
Looking down
My place in space

Year 1
The great expedition
ABC book of seasons
Ernie dances to the Dideridoo

Year 2
Lately Lily- Adventures of a traveling girl
Ruffy and me
Remembering Lionsville

Year 3
Memorial Gary crew

Year 4
Here is the African Savannah
Up and down the Andes
We're roaming in the rainforest
Where the forest meets the sea

Year 5
Fire - Jackie French

Year 6
If the world were a village
Where children sleep

Year 7
Window on a changing World
One well (Citizen Kid Series)
A cool drink of water
My Place
Dr Seuss - where will you go?


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