HOME 'Clancy and Millie and the Very Fine House' by Libby Gleeson.…
'Clancy and Millie and the Very Fine House' by Libby Gleeson...
'Mirror' by Jeannie Baker
, 'The Little Refugee' by Anh Do, 'Home' by Carson Ellis
Rationale: Something they can relate to (moving into a new house - not all of them can relate to moving to a new country/area), therefore it is a good starting point to talk about being friendly and welcoming to all people, no matter where they come from.. whether a new suburb or new country. We are different but all the same (Mirror - Jeannie Baker).
How homes are similar/different in Australia
Rural vs city
Link to indigenous homes
How homes are similar/different in the local area
Relate to students' own homes
Also, students can "explore why it is important to have a home, and reflect on what is essential for adequate housing. They investigate different styles of housing around the world and develop an awareness of environmental, cultural and economic factors that influence the kinds of homes people have." They explore the similarities and differences of what homes have...
How homes have changed/remained the same over time - (appearance, function, how we use them)
Research into their parents/grandparents homes
How homes are similar/different around the world
Students begin to discover which cultures interest them for their inquiry
Google earth/google street view to explore different types of houses in different countries
What makes a home...?
(What do all the homes past/present, local/global, have in common?)
Design a home for a family that is coming from
(e.g. India, Japan, England) to live in Australia that would make them feel comfortable and at home.
OR imagine you had someone coming to stay with you... adjust your home to make them feel comfortable
Technologies - the design and construction of a home
HASS - research of different cultures (provide them with limited resources from which to research - using a weebly)
English - oral presentation sharing their design
Science - what do you need different parts of your house to do? E.g. roof/windows/walls - test a variety of materials to see which is best - students to brainstorm the different materials needed to construct their home
Tie in to what are our needs from a house? Safety, shelter etc.
Tie in sustainability - can you use recycled materials?
What could you do at school to help these cultures feel welcome?
Mirror - students write their own story to go with the pictures (literacy)
Mirror - make their own 'mirror' book highlighting and comparing a day in the life of a child from the culture they have been studying (for their house) to their own -
focuses on the similarities no matter where we come from - hopefully fostering acceptance of diversity and celebrating differences, but realising that homes may look different but in reality what we use them for is very similar
Arts - make multimodal illustrations for the text, experimenting with different materials and techniques (similar to the illustrations in Mirror) (ACAVAM107)
Write a poem about what is important to them in a home