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 identify how and why communities celebrate.
Revist some of the family celebrations shared in the previous lesson. Ask the students:
What are some of the important occasions our families celebrate?
What makes these celebrations special?
Display and discuss slide 8 of the Celebrations Around the World PowerPoint. Encourage the students to share some of their experiences of the community celebrations listed on the slide. Identify the characteristics that make these occasions special e.g. large gatherings, special guest speakers, momentos to mark the event.
As a class, or in smaller groups, brainstorm as many school-based celebrations as possible. Allow each group to report back to the class and record their ideas as a mind map on the board.
Monitor and support the students as they complete the graphic organiser on page 6 of the booklet for the school-based celebration they have chosen. If time permits, allow the students to create a ‘To Do’ list for planning the celebration they have chosen.
As the students finish the task, allow them to share their ideas with the rest of the class.
As a summary, assist the students to complete the cut and paste activity on pages 7-8 of the booklet. Discuss the answers as a class.
Encourage more capable students to include much detail as possible when completing their graphic organiser.
Allow students who are finding the graphic organiser challenging to work with a supportive peer tutor, or teacher aide.