Australian Landmarks

Australian Landmarks

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Digital Literacy

Geography

Reading and Writing

Darren Giuliano and Tim Murtagh, Newbury Primary School asked students to research famous Australian landmarks to create an informational text.

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April 27, 2021

Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

Learning Objectives

  • 1. I am learning to question concepts on our world
  • 2. I am learning to further investigate my question
  • 3. I am learning to use keywords to refine a search
  • 4. I can think deeper about my question
  • 5. I can use a variety of search engines to research my question.

Guiding Ideas

How do natural and made landmarks influence the way we and our neighbours live?

Student Activities

Students are to individually or in teams research a famous Australian Landmark and create an informational text based on their research.

Deconstruct the question

  • As a class deconstruct the guiding question to gain an understanding
  • Make connections to their schema
  • Find synonyms to further understand what the question is asking?
  • Rewrite the question as an open questions that will help you have a deeper understanding of what you need to research.
  • Students individually rewrite their own open questions about the landmark
  • Consider most relevant/useful search terms for Internet searching

Research

Research both made and natural landmarks in Australia, and select one to do your research on.

  • Answers for the open questions and record sources
  • Determine the importance, collate and summarise the research

Present findings

Use a presentation tool or combination of tools (Minecraft Education Edition, Google sites, Google tours, Google slides/docs, iMovie, website or app) to collate and present the research as an engaging informational text using digital technology/ies.

Performance Expectations

  • Present a picture/illustration/creation of the chosen landmark on any of the digital platforms we have explored or any other you wish to use.
  • Presentation needs to evidence research including an introduction to the landmark, with a direct link to answering the guiding question
  • Present the project to the learning community.

 

Victorian Curriculum

Historical Knowledge

  • How they, their family, friends and communities commemorate past events that are important to them (VCHHK062)
  • The history of a significant person, building, site or part of the natural environment in the local community and what it reveals about the past (VCHHK063)
  • The significance today of an historical site of cultural or spiritual importance (VCHHK064)

Critical and Creative Thinking

  • Construct and use open and closed questions for different purposes
  • Examine how different kinds of questions can be used to identify and clarify information, ideas and possibilities.

Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning