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 explore how nations celebrate their unique history, culture and identity.
Remind the students of the personal, family and community celebrations discussed so far. Ask the students:
Can you think of any occasions where the entire country celebrates together?
How are these events celebrated?
Why are these celebrations important?
As an introduction to national celebrations, watch the What’s Australia Day all about?video on the ABC Splash website. (Note: teachers should be aware that, while this video contains clear and accurate information, it dates back to 2006). After watching, ask the students:
What is special about the date, January 26?
According to the Australia Day Council, what do Australians celebrate on Australia Day?
Does Australia Day mean the same thing to all Australians?
Display and discuss slide 10 of the Celebrations Around the World PowerPoint. Ask the students if they are aware of any national celebrations observed in other countries around the world (students may or may not have any knowledge of these).
Display and discuss slides 11-14, which contain brief overviews of Australia Day, Independence Day, Saint Patrick’s Day and Bastille Day. Encourage the students to identify some of the ways in which these national days are similar e.g. marking a significant event in the nation’s history.
Monitor and support the students as they complete the cut and paste activity on pages 9-10 of the booklet. To assist the students, ensure that the Celebrations Around the World Fact Sheetsare readily available (for example, in a classroom display).
Discuss the answers of the activity as a class. Ask the students:
Why might special symbols be important to these national celebrations?
Do these national celebrations have any special symbols in common?
How do you think each of these national days might be celebrated?
Encourage fast finishers to research additional information about each of the national celebrations.
Allow students who are finding the cut and paste activity challenging to work with a supportive peer tutor, or teacher aide.