Expedition Earth: Australia
G’Day Mate! Welcome to our Expedition Earth week in Australia! Of course we started off by stamping our passports!
This was probably the easiest country to find on the map, especially since we review it constantly considering it is also a continent!
What We Learned This Week:
Where Australia is on the world map & located Canberra and the Great Barrier Reef
Learned an Australian song
How to say “Hello” in Aussie! G’day Mate!
Learned about the Australian Flag and colored our worksheet
Prayed for the Australian people
About children in Australia
Read Living World Encyclopedia on Coral Reefs, Estuaries, shore lines and Australia’s dry forests.
Learned about Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Learn about the Boomerang and made our own.
Went on a “walk-a-bout” cuz’ it was nice out!
Completed an Australian lap book activity
Completed and classified animals of Australia
Learned new Geography vocab.
Read the Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography on Australia
Learned major landmarks and other fun facts about Australia
Made a dreamtime art display using magnetic dot mosaics
Closed out the week at Outback Steakhouse! (Hey, it was the closest thing I could find!)
And here are what I managed to take pictures of ;o)
Here is my white board for the week, along with our Australian song:
We created an Aboriginal Dreamtime art mosaic using Orb Factory Magnetic Dreamings kit. I loved this idea, but it really took forever with all those little dots so the kids got bored quickly. If I did it again, I’d do a painting instead.
One of our favorite parts of the week is “animal day”. We learn about 6 animals found in the country, then add them to our animal classification wall (left). Next they get to display their favorite animals (right). They’ve taken to “funny face” pictures…its out of my control now…they’ve lost it.
We made a boomerang. This was cardboard covered with duct tape. It didn’t fly too well though, but we still had fun flinging it around!
Lastly we learned about the Great Barrier Reef, then made these fun sponges to paint with. (Tutorial on this coming in a full post)
Here were some of our results:
We were supposed to make Pavlova (recipe in my curriculum) but never got to it, instead we ate at Outback Steak House!
And that my friends wraps up our week on Australia. See you next week for New Zealand!
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