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Australia Unit w/ Free Printables


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I'm super excited to share our Australia Unit with you.  Continent study units seem to be the most difficult for me to put together, with the exception of music study units.  As I put together this unit I was extremely disappointed. We have a boomerang from Australia. I couldn't find it anywhere.  When I went to our local craft store (and every other store in town), I was sorely disappointed to find out that no one had Australian animal figures of any size.  Since I plan units only one week in advance (if I'm lucky), I didn't have time to order any animal figures.  It was extremely challenging to plan a unit study with very few hands on materials to include with printables.  Hopefully, the unit will be a success. I am really pleased with the end result.  It's been an insane week, with the passing of an extended family member and Mother's Day coming up.  Princess does not do well AT ALL during this holiday season. Sadly there's not escaping it, as it's everywhere you look.  But, I'll focus more on that in my next post.  Here are our activities!

Language:
Australia Spelling Activity
 The kiddos will stamp the circle under the correct spelling of each word.

Source: I created this printable as part of my Australia Unit Language Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Australian English Food Vocabulary
 The kiddos will match up the Australian word & picture cards with the USA word and picture cards. Already this has been a favorite activity, even in creation.  I must say, I think I prefer "fairy floss" over "cotton candy."

Source: I created this printable as part of my Australia Unit Language Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Australia Sentences with Grammar Symbols
 Last month we studied prepositions, but never applied the knowledge to sentence structure. This week we'll do just that, learning more about Australia as we go along.

Source: I created this printable as part of my Australia Unit Language Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Sand Tray Capital Letters
Bulldozer has officially learned all of his letters! Hooray!  However, he's still struggling with a few of them.  I've noticed some digression in his writing, so I figured it would be a good idea to pull out the sand tray again.  This week I'll focus on capital letters, next week, lowercase letters, and then numbers the week after. Hopefully this will help him.

Source: The free letter cards used for this activity are from Homeschool Creations.

Math:
Australian Animal Patterns

The kiddos will finish the pattern strips with the pictures provided.

Source: I created this printable as part of my Australia Unit Math Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Visiting Australian Addition & Bar Graph Activity
 All of the kiddos really enjoy the bar graph activities on the shelves. This week I decided to step it up, by adding and extra die to the activity.  The kiddos will add the dots on both dice to determine how many people visited each Australian city.  They'll use the beads to create the graph.

Source: I created this printable as part of my Australia Unit Math Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Decimal System
The kiddos will create their own numbers using the decimal cards provided.  Upon completion of the activity they will recite each number they've created. This is a review activity.

Source:  These free large number cards can be found at Montessori Print Shop.

Science:
50 Australian Animals
This activity is for Dinomite.  He loves animals more than anything else.  Of course the other kiddos will enjoy it to. The kiddos will sort the animals anyway they choose, learning names etc.

Source: I created this printable as part of my Australia Unit Science & Culture Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Australian Animal Writing Activity
Dinomite is having an EXTREMELY hard time with his writing right now.  In an effort to keep him practicing, I've decided to make his writing assignments about what he wants to write about.  I've created Animal Writing sheets for him to use each day, selecting an animal of his choice. There is also a box for him to draw a picture of the animal.  Since Dinomite freaks out about spelling on a regular basis, I also allow him to use his books to help him write what he wants to say.  This has been a great way to teach him about not copying other people's sentences, but to create his own.  I'm hoping to introduce a dictionary to him soon.

Source:  If you would like a free copy of our Animal Writing Worksheet, click HERE.

Geography & Culture:
Australia Climate Zones
The kiddos will identify climate zones on the map by color.  They will use the key to pair up color code cards with picture of climate cards.  I'm excited to review climates. It's been a long time!

Source: I created this printable as part of my Australia Unit Science & Culture Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Australia States & Territories
The kiddos will use the control map to help them put their own map together, using the pieces and labels provided.

Source: I created this printable as part of my Australia Unit Science & Printable Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Famous People in Australia
The kiddos will match up the people cards with their talent.  I'm hoping this will help the kiddos understand what Australia's social culture is like.  It looks like fun!

Source:  Source: I created this printable as part of my Australia Unit Science & Printable Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Visual Arts:
Australian Dot Painting
The kiddos will try out dot painting this week. They should have tons of fun!

Source:  The kangaroo outline used for this activity is from Free Kids Crafts.

Music:
The kiddos continue their piano lessons. We'll be introducing a new song of the week, plus listening to some really cool Australian instruments!

Sensorial/Practical Life:
Felt Flag of Australia
Picture from A Little Learning For Two
I fell in love with this activity when I saw it.  Hopefully the kiddos will enjoy it too. They will use all of the parts provided to create the flag of Australia, using the control provided.

Source. I found this activity at A Little Learning For Two.

Great Barrier Reef Sensory Bin
The kiddos should love this sensory bin.  I couldn't figure out what to use for the actual reef, but hopefully this looks okay.  

Tea Time in Australia
 The kiddos will practice pouring "tea" and serving it.

Making Fairy Bread
I LOVE this activity. I think it's my favorite on the shelves this week.  In Australian culture, it's very popular to have Fairy Bread at kid's birthday parties etc.  It's white bread, covered with a thick layer of soft butter, sprinkled heavily with those hard candied dot sprinkles. If this doesn't make sense, just look on pinterest.  I think it tastes delicious, although I can't eat more than one slice.  This activity invites the kiddos to practice spreading, spooning, and cutting all in one activity.  Who wouldn't love it?

For those interested in the printable packs, click on the links below:




I hope you enjoy this unit as much as we do.  I'm noticing we're going through a few transitions or developmental periods with the kiddos.  Activities they used to really enjoy, they don't as much anymore.  Other activities they used to struggle with, they're doing fabulous with.   I'm guessing you'll notice some changes in the way materials are presented in the near future, if you haven't already noticed in the last two units.

If you're looking for other Australia activities and printables to combine with any and all you've seen here, consider purchasing the 7 Continents A-Z Bundle from Trillium Montessori. Between the activities presented in this post and those printables, you have everything you could ever need!  Purchasing this bundle is a great way to support Every Star Is Different, as I am an affiliate for Trillium Montessori and receive 50% of every sale.  Thank you in advance for those of you who decide to invest in this fabulous printable pack!
Next week we'll be studying insects!  I can't wait to get started on those activities.  It should be so much fun!

20 comments:

  1. Thanks so much, Renae. My daughter is a little Australian-American, so I've been wanting to do Australia as one of our first continent studies. Thanks for sharing all your hard work.

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    1. You're welcome Audrey! How fun it will be to teach her about her heritage. Enjoy the process!

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  2. This is a wonderful unit that you have put together with some great ideas. Your printables are fantastic! Pinning and sharing!

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  3. This is a fantastic unit plan that you have put together with so many great ideas! Your printables are wonderful! Pinning and sharing!

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  4. Great activities! We need to do more continent learning, so I will have to pin this to come back too! My kids enjoy fairy bread occasionally as well!

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    1. Thank you Ashley. I wish you the best with your continent studies. I know they can be challenging. So happy to know someone else knows about fairy bread!

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  5. Thank you! We will doing an Australian unit this summer and these are fabulous!

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    1. You're welcome! Good luck with your unit this summer.

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  6. Great unit. I am impressed how it's put together even without hands-on materials. I wish I had more input on writing - my daughter is not a big fan either, because it's not as easy for her as other subjects. So she can earn extra computer time by writing and then roll a dice for 6 different writing exercises (her topic, my topic, write a letter, summarize a book, create a story with three prompt words). Thanks for sharing this post with After School Link Up!

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    1. Thank you so much Natalie! I wish you the best of luck with your daughter. This writing process can be so frustrating. I love your dice idea.

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  7. I am so impressed with your creativity in curriculum development.
    Your units are a joy to witness.

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  8. This is a fantastic unit and the printables are fabulous!!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!


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  9. Wonderful! Love your spelling activity :) Will pin this! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. This is great. Exactly what I was wanting. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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  11. These resources are fantastic! We'll be doing Australia in a few week in our survey of Children Around the World (http://desperatehomeschoolers.com/children-around-the-world/), and I'm so excited to incorporate more hands-on activities like these. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Tina

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  12. Thank you for sharing these activities. For the Australian animals I am using the Safari Ltd Land Down Under Toob. It includes a Koala, Emu, Platypus, Cockatoo, Kangaroo, Dingo, Tasmanian Devil, Wombat, Frilled Lizard, Taipan Snake, Crocodile, and an Aboriginal Man. It's perfect for sensory play.

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