Harmony Day is on the 21st of March and is held every year in Australia. It’s a day that as a school community you can celebrate diversity! A day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home, from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. Students can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and enrich it. Last year we wrote about Harmony Day and included some really cute Harmony Day activities for the classroom.
We’ve put together a few more ideas and activities that are the perfect addition to your Harmony Day collection of classroom resources.
Children’s Book for Harmony Day
You can’t go past one of our most favourite children’s books to read to your students this Harmony Day, I’m Australian Too!
A gorgeous children’s book written by the amazing Mem Fox. This stunning book follows many people from many places who have made Australia their home! A true celebration of multicultural heritage.
Harmony Day Activity for Young Kids
After discussing the purpose behind Harmony Day with your students. Brainstorm different words or terms that express how your students feel about Harmony Day and what it means to them personally.
Download and print our The Meaning of Harmony Day Template. This is a free download and will create a gorgeous display for your classroom.
Students cut and decorate a globe with the heart representing Australia. Then, on the strips of paper they write the words or terms that were brainstormed earlier and stick these strips of paper to the bottom of the globe.
We printed the strips on orange paper as orange is the colour that represents Harmony Day.
Harmony Day Vocabulary Activity for Older Kids
This resource is the perfect activity for the middle to upper years of primary school. Students create gorgeous Harmony Day Vocabulary Flip Books, looking at a variety of words that represent Harmony Day and its meaning.
Students can write down the definitions of these words from the dictionary. Alternatively, they can write what those words mean to them in their own words.
Harmony Day vocabulary covered: compassion, inclusiveness, respect, empathy, care, diversity, culture, belonging, unity and equality.
Harmony Day Word Wall Template
Utlise our gorgeous editable Harmony Day Vocabulary Word Wall template to create a word wall of vocabulary that you can use during a longer period of time, rather than just on the day of Harmony Day. A fantastic way to continually remind students of the importance of inclusion.
For more awesome activities and ways to celebrate Harmony Day with your students check out our Harmony Day Teaching Resource Collection.