A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify that their place is also the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
This lesson plan includes the following resources:
This lesson contains a link to an external video. Please watch the video prior to presenting this lesson to ensure that the content is appropriate for your students.
Watch The Rainbow Serpent video on YouTube. (Note: This video has minor grammatical errors; however, the content aptly addresses the focus for the lesson). Inform the students that The Rainbow Serpent is the Indigenous Australian Dreaming Story for the creation of the world. After watching, ask the students:
How does this Dreaming Story explain the creation of the world?
What can we learn from this story?
Does this story remind you of any others that you know?
Display slides 5-6 of the Who Lived Here Before You? PowerPoint. Research the name of the local Indigenous language group in your area. Highlight the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have been living in Australia for at least 60 000 years.
Display slide 7. Ask the students if they have heard the Acknowledgement of Country or Welcome to Country before. Enlarge a copy of the Acknowledgement of Country Poster and read this to the students.
Ask the students if they have heard any other Dreaming Stories, aside from The Rainbow Serpent. Read the Dreaming Story of Tiddalick the Frog, as displayed on slides 8-11.
Display slide 12. As a class, discuss the moral of the story. Encourage the students to suggest what they can learn from Tiddalick and how they can apply the moral to their own lives.