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
Take a look at these fantastic, Australia Day activities available as part of the pack:
A creative art activity to use when commemorating important events such as Australia Day, Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.
A worksheet to use in the classroom when learning about Australia Day.
Our Australia Day Light Box Insert is beautifully designed and illustrated; a perfect addition to your set of light box displays.
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!
A fun getting to know you activity.
A worksheet for students to record information about an Australian they admire.
A worksheet for students to illustrate Australian symbols.
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.
A set of 4 significant Australian flags with explanations.
An activity for students to create a class flag.
A poster and worksheet of the Australian Flag.
A poster and worksheet of the Australian Aboriginal Flag.