working with aboriginal students lesson (HASS (the importance of place all…
working with aboriginal students lesson
create a large map of the perth area. Students locate where they live. discuss enlgish or colonised names for locations and teach children the aboriginal name for that area.
When the colonisers "discovered" new places in Australia, they gave them English names. Some names reflected their original names and others were completely new. Find out about the history of the name of your community, town or suburb.
discuss the colonisation of Australia
the importance of place
Ask students to think about their favourite place:
How did it become their special place?
What is their connection and how do they nurture their connection to this place?
How do they feel when they have spent time at their place?
Describe what this place does for their spirit, eg happiness, alive, rested, at peace, refreshed etc.
Illustrate their place using an art form of their choice - collage, painting, sculpture.
Select a piece of music that reminds them of their special place.
Ecology, seasons: links to SCIENCE
Big Rain Coming
Walking with the Seasons in Kakadu
The Seasons is a topic which is covered in a variety of learning areas and year levels. It lends itself perfectly to integrating an Aboriginal perspective. There are a great many resources which describe and explain the Aboriginal seasonal cycles in a specific area or climate. Begin with a discussion that four seasons is a western concept associated with Europe. The Aboriginal concept is similar but not the same. Aboriginal regions may have anywhere from 2 to 8 seasons. You will find additional information in the references below.
Make a season calendar that relates to your local area. Take photos of plants and animals that are prominent in your area in the different seasons. This is an ongoing activity that can be added to throughout the year as you notice changes that occur in your local environment. ‘Trade' this information with a sister school from another area that has different seasons from yours.
Valuing cultures, a group discussion about the various cultures in the classroom
Read the summary of Reconciliation Australia’s the State of Reconciliation in Australia report and watch the accompanying video Our History, Our Story, Our Future.
Use the video and the five dimensions of reconciliation outlined in the Report to guide your yarning circle conversation. They are:
Equality and equity