This Humanities and Social Sciences unit addresses the topic of celebrations. It covers personal, family and community celebrations; national days; Australia-specific commemorations and religious/cultural celebrations from around the world.
A 60 minute lesson in which students will deepen understanding of celebrations around the world through inquiry-based research.
In preparation for the inquiry task, revise the content of the unit. Ask the students:
What are some of the reasons why communities, countries and cultural groups celebrate?
What might these groups of people do to make a celebration special?
How might you feel if you were taking part in one of these special celebrations?
Provide the students with a copy of the Celebrations Around The World Inquiry Task. Read through the task step-by-step. Explain to the students that they must research, plan and present their journal entries (this may require a number of lessons, depending on the ability level of the students). Answer any questions the students may have about the task.
Monitor and support the students as they research their chosen cultural celebration. If possible, provide Internet access and additional books for the students to use as a source of information.
Check on how the students are progressing with their research. The speed at which the students will finish the researching phase of the task will vary. If necessary, provide the students with an additional lesson to collect their information.
Encourage more capable students to collect as much relevant, detailed information as they can from a variety of reliable sources.
Support less confident students to access relevant information by assisting them to locate appropriate sources.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities