Setting up for Success
ANZAC Discoveries is an activities based approach
to learning about ANZAC Day. This site provides:
Activities at two levels, based around Howard
Gardner's Multiple Intelligences.
Information necessary to complete the activities. This information
is at three levels of difficulty, ranging from pictures with
captions to Internet site links.
The way you approach, use, manage this unit is totally up to you. Some ideas
are provided below.
Activities can be printed out, and available in a learning centre OR they can
be accessed on the computer.
Information could be printed out from the computer, labelled (with a key word
or phrase) and made available in a learning centre OR it can be accessed on
the computer OR a combination of print-outs and use of the computer.
You may decide to use your computer(s) for the students to present their work
and have information printed out for them to access independently.
You may choose to approach an activity as a whole class OR students could work
on activities independently.
You may decide that you want each student to complete one activity OR that they
complete a selection of activities. You may choose to select / limit the activities
that you offer them.
You may use this resource as part of a wider study on 'things' ANZAC or this
resource may form the basis of your ANZAC unit.
If you have limited access to computers, you may decide to timetable students
onto the computer during the day, for about 30 minutes each. To best use their
time, it would be advisable for them to have selected an activity before arriving
at the computer. This may mean that they miss maths or spelling or sport ...
but it will be just once!
A learning centre is
an independent work centre. Within the learning centre is everything
the students need to complete their activities. Activity cards are displayed,
with key words or the intelligence symbol on the outside of the packet.
Information sheet printouts can also be made available here, key
word or phrase information on the packet helps direct the students to
the information they need. Materials to complete the activities, such
as musical instruments, card, tape-recorder ... can also be stored
in the learning centre. Any additional information / instructions the
students need can be displayed here. A checklist for the students to mark
off the activities they have completed can also be valuable.
Read through the activities
and be familiar with the information pages yourself, before introducing them
to your students!
Below is a list of equipment / materials
that your students could need if you are going to offer them all of
Level 3 & 4:
Blank tape and tape recorder
Construction materials for periscope: empty milk cartons, small mirrors, craft
Poppy seeds, soil / potting mix / container
One level 3 / 4 activity that will require
some searching for clues is the Logical / Mathematical activity, "Donkey
and Soldier work bravely to save lives". You may need to direct students,
who have spent some time searching, to Simpson
and his donkey ... how they made a difference at Gallipoli. In this link,
the first paragraph explains when Simpson started and the 15th paragraph tells
how many trips he would make in one day. By going to Sadly
good things don't always last they will discover the day Simpson stopped
Safety on the Internet!
Part of the information section of this web site uses live links to the Internet.
When using Internet sites within the classroom it is highly desirable to have
ensured they are appropriate before the students go looking. The links to sites
provided by this resource are suitable for primary students. Some of the events
of war that are described are rather unpleasant, but it is hard to avoid that
with a topic that focuses on war! Students should be encouraged to use the back
arrow on the Browser to return to the ANZAC Discoveries site.
When using the ANZAC Discoveries Internet links students could deviate
to other sites, if they knew what they were doing. However the information provided
is very interesting and straying minds and mice shouldn't be a problem.
To be safe, it would pay to have your room set up so that the screens can be
easily viewed by the teacher.
While there are some links to New Zealand web
sites, most of the Internet sites used are Australian, purely because they are
so informative and interesting.
The photos used in the 'Pictures and Captions' and 'Tell Me More' sections are
from New Zealand.