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 and why people celebrate.
Draw the students’ attention to the Celebrations Word Word Vocabulary displayed in the classroom. Read through and discuss a selection of the words together. Encourage the students to predict the topic of the unit.
Watch the Frozen – Coronation Partyvideo on YouTube (the clip can be stopped at around 2:20, once Anna finishes dancing with the Duke of Weselton). Ask the students:
What type of event is this? How do you know?
What clues are there to suggest this is a special occasion?
What other occasions might people celebrate in a similar way?
Display and discuss slides 5-6 of the Celebrations Around the World PowerPoint. Encourage the students to share some of their experiences of the personal and family celebrations listed on slide 6. Identify the characteristics that make these occasions special e.g. special food, clothing and decorations.
Ask the students to choose one of the celebrations that they have drawn. Monitor and support the students as they complete the graphic organiser on page 2 of the booklet for the celebration they have chosen.
Place the students into pairs. Allow the students to complete the Venn Diagram on page 3 of the booklet by comparing and contrasting the personal or family celebration that they have chosen with that of their partner.
Encourage the students to report back to the class. Ask the students:
In what ways were the celebrations you chose similar?
In what ways were the celebrations you chose different?
Can the same event be celebrated in different ways by different families?
Explain the Celebrations – Take Home Task on pages 4-5 of the booklet. Check that all of the students understand what they are required to do and answer any questions they may have. Ensure that adequate time is provided for the students to complete this task.
Ask more capable students to write a 'To Do' list for planning one of their personal or family celebrations.
Pair students who may find the Venn diagram challenging with a more confident student, who may be able to support and assist them with the task.