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Australia Day Activity Pack | Depth and Complexity | Print & Digital

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Looking for a way to teach students about Australia Day that is culturally sensitive, has lots of activities, and uses the Depth & Complexity framework? This activity pack has language arts, social studies, math, and science activities, all in one great resource. You'll find Australia Day writing prompts, non-fiction pieces to read, Depth and Complexity frames to complete, Australia Day math, a great science section and more! Of course there is a digital version included for use with Google Classroom™!

If you like celebrating holidays with quality activities and not filler fluff, you're going to love this. Students will gain a deep understanding of Australia Day while they grow critical thinking skills.

What you get:

Four short-answer writing prompts in color and black and white

An original non-fiction three-page illustrated history of Australia in color and black and white
⭐ Reflection/discussion questions about the history
Another one-page First Fleet Facts sheet
⭐ Two different crossword puzzles related to the First Fleet information students have learned
Two different images for image analysis
Two Depth and Complexity Australia Day frames - one focusing on the Australia Day and the First Fleet and one focused more narrowly on convict love tokens
Australia Day math problems featuring simple operations (one percentage problem) - Key included
First Fleet Science! Students will think like biologists as they explore the marine biology of Botany Bay in two separate activities.
A link to copy all appropriate activities into your own Google Drive!

You may use any or all of the activities. Mix and match!

Even if you have never taught about Australia Day before, you will have everything you need to offer students a great opportunity to learn about the arrival of Europeans to the continent.

You will find it incredibly easy to have students engage in high-level thinking activities and practice critical skills while gaining a deeper understanding of the history of the First Fleet and the commemoration of its arrival in Autralia. Special care is taken to honor the culture of the Aborignal and Torrest Strait Islander peoples.

There are two pages of special helps for using the resource in Google Classroom™. Not all of the pages are in the Google Slides version because they're teacher resources or black and white versions.

If you've been looking for a quality Australia Day activity to use with students, this is the answer!

Ideas for using the Australia Day Depth and Complexity Activity Pack

Centers or learning stations
Whole group class experiences
Small group instruction or activities
In-person or virtual learning (especially perfect for blended learning classrooms)

NOTE: This product assumes familiarity with the Depth & Complexity framework, however, if your students are not familiar with it, they can simply ignore the Depth & Complexity prompts, as they are small.

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