8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
Government and Politics
This lesson by Matthew Lyons and Wayne Samuels, Strathmore Primary School, sees students use authentic research to create Australia’s first colonies.
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Pioneer Challenge Inquiry Design
Including inquiry design and questions, student examples and assessment rubric.
Students used the following key inquiry questions, to guide their thinking, to allow students to develop ownership over their worlds.
Students (in groups of 3-4) in this project, will build Australia’s first colony, using research to guide their world. Each colony will need to include the living quarters for all citizens. Designing the colony to be sustainable and practical, utilizing critical and using their creative thinking to reflect and evaluate the colony’s accuracy.
Students are told they will be building a representation of the First white colonies in Australia. In order to do that accurately they will need to research what life was like in those first settler colonies.
The key inquiry questions should be introduced and discussed as a class. This discussion should allow the students to articulate in their own words what is guiding their inquiry.
Groups carry out research (library, online media, excursions if possible) guided by the key inquiry questions, choosing for themselves how their team will divide/distribute this research task. They will need to take notes, make sketches, record information, graphics, maps etc. and identify and record the sources of this information. A resource folder should be created (physical or digital) to gather research findings of the group.
Students as a group will then plan and design their representation of the community. Again deciding as a team how to distribute the workload and collaborate.
When building, students will need to consider many things, such as:
Assessment Criteria will involve students evidencing that they:
History : Levels 5 and 6 Historical Knowledge
Historical sources as evidence
Historical Concepts and Skills
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