A cute gum leaf Australia Day-themed mobile activity that encourages thinking about First Nations perspectives.
Use this mobile activity when learning about themes to do with Australia Day.
This activity encourages your students to think about what is ‘Australian’ and to think about Australia Day from different perspectives.
Teaching Different View Points on Australia Day
Rather than consider Australia Day as just another celebratory holiday, this mobile activity invites students to consider different opinions on Australia Day.
- What is something that is Australian? What makes it Australian? Why might people want to celebrate these things?
- Who might have different ideas about what is Australian?
- What types of things might First Nations people feel are Australian?
The Impact of Australia Day on First Nations People
Use this mobile as a conversation starter into how life has changed for First Nation people since January 26th, 1788. Encourage your students to research into the First Nations groups in your local area, and the original name of their town.
Differentiating for Your Students with the Australia Day Mobile
For students who need extra help, the research aspect of this activity can be completed as a whole-class or group activity
Students who require extending may use this task as an opportunity to complete the Australia Day Mobile – Upper Years instead which invites discussion on the motto of Australia Day “Reflect. Respect. Celebrate”.
For more ideas on how to teach about Australia Day in a culturally sensitive way, read our blog Celebrating Australia Day in a 21st Century Classroom.
Want more? Take a look at these resources:
A set of 6 educational posters highlighting some of the things that make Australia unique
A creative art activity to use when commemorating important events such as Australia Day, Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.
A worksheet for students to illustrate Australian symbols.