Australian History

Australian History

8-10 yrs old

Geography

History

This lesson designed by Tayla Mason, Eltham Primary School sees students conduct research and demonstrate understanding in detailed 3D replicas.

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April 27, 2021

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Skills

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

Supporting Files

Student Example Project 1: Ned Kelly’s Last Stand


Ned Kelly's Last Stand student world file

Student Example Project 2: My Ned Kelly Inquiry


My Ned Kelly Inquiry student world file

Learning Objectives

  • To learn about how Australia has changed over time and explore why these changes happened.
  • To display thinking in various ways.

Guiding Ideas

  • How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?
  • How has our community changed? What features have been lost and what features have been retained?
  • What is the nature of the contribution made by different groups and individuals in the community?

Student Activities

This lesson allows students to explore parts of Australian history including Ned Kelly’s last stand and the gold rush. Students conduct personal research and demonstrate their understanding through detailed replicas.

Introductory lessons include explicit teaching and exposure to information from the past. Students then devise an action based on their personal interests. They conduct personal research to learn about the people and places where these events occurred.

Prior to using Minecraft, students will be exposed to a variety of tuning in activities that explore various historical events. Then they need to choose one event they would like to learn more about.
They conduct further research on their chosen historical event.

Students will use their research information to create a world on Minecraft that represents the places and people at that time.

Students use signs, posters and NPCs (non-playing characters) to display other interesting factual information found in their research.

To conclude the unit, students will need to prepare a short presentation where they verbally present their information as they walk through their world.

Performance Expectations

Students are able to:

  • conduct personal research
  • demonstrate understanding through detailed replicas built in Minecraft.
  • demonstrate research and understanding of the events of the time through information and narratives provided via Minecraft signs, boards and NPCS.

Victorian Curriculum

Humanities
Geography

  • Place
  • Change

History

  • Determining historical significance
  • Sequencing chronology

Skills

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

Supporting Files

Student Example Project 1: Ned Kelly’s Last Stand


Ned Kelly's Last Stand student world file

Student Example Project 2: My Ned Kelly Inquiry


My Ned Kelly Inquiry student world file