Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Resources to consider

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

This posting is just a random selection of resources that you may be interested in to explore as you try to develop engaging and creative teaching activities.

Internet resources 

* 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

My Place in History

Ollie’s World

Geography Associations ‘Planet Sport

My place in history

Voice thread

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

Australian folksongs

Language map

How well do you know your world?

Non-Internet resources

The Aboriginal flag.

'Letters from Felix': Annette Langdan.

Book resources

* "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 

My "Story book" collection

If the World were a Village by David Smith

*** You may also be interested in the corresponding blog from the 2012 class - some more great resources.***

*** The "Fun is OK" posting has plenty more great resources listed (and linked to). ***

The power of story telling

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

Storybooks on Pinterest

* 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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