I loved learning about the Australian Explorers waaay back in 1986 with one of my favourite teachers Mrs Gunn (awesome name for a teacher hey? #dontmesswithher).
It was one of my favourite topics at school and I can remember being enthralled with stories of Captain Cook and his adventures, fascinated by the mystery of Ludwig Leichhardt and his disappearance, and baffled by the poor choices of Burke and Wills. The topic of explorers was exciting and interesting, so much so that 30 years later I can still remember it.
Set off your unit on Australian Explorers on the right foot
Starting a new topic in any subject is exciting, the students are ready to move on to something new, and let’s face it, we usually are too. Starting a new topic well is vital and sometimes this can be a challenge and kill the fun before it gets going. To help you get your Australian Explorers teaching unit off to a great start I’ve put together some ideas that might help you get your classroom expedition ready and inspire your students.
Stock ye slop chest!
Dress ups are still loved by older students and some rough and ready explorer attire can help set the mood and inspire your students to get in to character. You may even have a local theatre group who may like to come in and help the students dress up and act out the story of the Australian explorers. Your local Maritime Museum may have some helpful advice too.
Craft ye Companion Way!
I love to decorate the windows of my classroom – Cut out circles to create portholes or if your school allows it paint them to create a desert scene or ocean waves. If your school doesn’t allow painting on the windows I have seen a very clever solution! Stretch Cling wrap across the window, secure with clear sticky tape, and then paint on the Cling Wrap! It can easily be removed by peeling off. Genius!
I hope you've found these ideas helpful! If you're looking for more inspiration I’m always adding more ideas to my Australian Explorers Board on Pinterest.