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The Best Australia Day Activities and Books for Your Class

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Australia Day is national public holiday which falls each year on January 26. For many parents, students and teachers, it marks the end of the lengthy summer break and signifies the beginning of the new school year. Many teachers choose to acknowledge this event by planning Australia Day activities to enjoy with their classes in the first week of term.

For tips on teaching the history of Australia Day in a balanced, culturally sensitive way, read our informative blog Celebrating Australia Day in a 21st Century Classroom.

Australia Day Literature for Your Class

Aussie picture books are perfect for exploring our unique Australian culture with our students. I’ve selected three contemporary books which are suitable for early, middle and upper primary level students. These books highlight the rich diversity among Australian people, places and events:

  • Are We There Yet? Alison Lester
  • Australians, Let Us Barbecue! Colin Buchanan and Greg Champion
  • I’m Australian Too – Mem Fox

You may choose to read the books to the students yourself as a shared reading experience, give them the opportunity to read them independently, or in a small group during guided reading. Differentiate your comprehension questioning according to your students’ level.

 

Australia Day Resources

Our Australia Day Teaching Resource Pack contains heaps of excellent teaching resources to support your Australia Day lessons!

Take a look at these fantastic, Australia Day activities available as part of the pack:

Image of Flags of Australia – Art Activity

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Flags of Australia – Art Activity

A creative art activity to use when commemorating important events such as Australia Day, Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: 1 - 4
Image of What Australia Day Means to Me Worksheet

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What Australia Day Means to Me Worksheet

A worksheet to use in the classroom when learning about Australia Day.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: 3 - 6
Image of Light Box Insert: Australia Day [Free Download]

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Light Box Insert: Australia Day [Free Download]

Our Australia Day Light Box Insert is beautifully designed and illustrated; a perfect addition to your set of light box displays.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: P - 6

 Australia Day Activities – Writing

Our fantastic Australia Day Resource Pack is also home to a number of engaging, curriculum-aligned writing activities for your class. Check out the Australia Day Cloze Worksheet and the Classmate Interview!

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Classmate Interview

A fun getting to know you activity.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: 3 - 6
Image of The Aussie I Admire the Most Is... Worksheet

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The Aussie I Admire the Most Is... Worksheet

A worksheet for students to record information about an Australian they admire.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: 3 - 6
Image of Australian Symbols Activity Worksheet

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Australian Symbols Activity Worksheet

A worksheet for students to illustrate Australian symbols.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: 3 - 6

Flag Study Australia Day Activities

If you read I’m Australian Too with your class, you’ll notice the use of imagery to add meaning to the storytelling. Delve into the meaning of significant flags with your students, and design a class flag together to unify your new cohort.

Image of Significant Australian Flags

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Significant Australian Flags

A set of 4 significant Australian flags with explanations.

Teach Starter Publishing8 pagesYears: F - 7
Image of Class Flag Activity Worksheet

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Class Flag Activity Worksheet

An activity for students to create a class flag.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: 3 - 6
Image of The Australian Flag - Poster and Worksheet

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The Australian Flag - Poster and Worksheet

A poster and worksheet of the Australian Flag.

Teach Starter Publishing2 pagesYears: F - 6
Image of The Australian Aboriginal Flag - Poster and Worksheet

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The Australian Aboriginal Flag - Poster and Worksheet

A poster and worksheet of the Australian Aboriginal Flag.

Teach Starter Publishing2 pagesYears: F - 6

For more gorgeous Australia Day activities for your class, be sure to visit our Australia Day Teaching Resource Pack!

The Best Australia Day Activities and Books for your class resources

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