Breaking up content-heavy lessons with hands-on activities that engage is important to help increase student concentration and maximise the learning that occurs. Here in Australia, Year 6 teachers are presented with this exact challenge when seeking out Australian government activities for students. Never fear! Our team of creative and experienced teachers are working hard to make it easy for you.
Introducing, the Levels of Australian Government Triarama.
After learning about the roles and responsibilities of Australia’s federal, state and local governments, students create a triarama to show six of the major roles and responsibilities for each of the three levels of Australian government.
This task requires students to record six roles and responsibilities for each level of government on the blue (federal), orange (state), and local (green) circles. You may like to display the three levels of Australian government fact sheets to support students in identifying these roles and responsibilities.
Making the Triarama
Students may work individually or in pairs to create their Triarama and will need the following materials:
- “Australia’s Three Levels of Government Triarama template”
- 4 pieces of square craft paper
- 1 straw
- Colouring pens or pencils
Once their research and recording is complete, students colour in the cut-out template. Then fold, cut and glue together their triarama as shown in the video below:
How to Make A Three Levels of Australian Government Triarama
When their model is complete, students cut and glue each of the template pieces onto each side of the triarama to create:
- a title page side
- a federal government side
- a state government side
- a local government side.
To finish it off, use a straw to create an Australian flag and insert the flag through the centre of the triarama.
There you have it! A practical Australian government activity for students to help increase student engagement and reinforce concepts taught in Year 6 Civics and Government.