Aboriginal Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

This lesson plan introduces students to Aboriginal art. They will read a lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete two activities, and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss the origin and purpose of Aboriginal art
  • identify two types of drawings and one type of musical art
  • analyze Aboriginal music


60 minutes; extension (optional) 30 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1.a

Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1.b

Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1.c

Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1.d

Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.


  • Hard copies of the Aboriginal Art: Lesson for Kids and lesson quiz
  • Computers with internet connectivity and speakers and/or smart devices
  • Two-minute audio or video clip of a musician playing the didgeridoo
  • Construction paper
  • Gel pens


  • Begin by asking students what they know about Australia.
  • Then explain that this lesson explores a group of Australian people called Aborigines.
  • Distribute a copy of the Aboriginal Art: Lesson for Kids lesson and select a volunteer to read 'Who Are the Aborigines?' and 'Rock Art', then start the following discussion:
    • Use at least three characteristics to describe Australian Aborigines.
    • What is a silhouette?
    • Describe rock art.
  • Now choose another student to read 'Dots Everywhere!', 'Musical Art' and 'Modern Aboriginal Art' then pose these discussion questions:
    • What type of Aboriginal art is best known?
    • Based on the question above, describe its characteristics.
    • What is a didgeridoo and describe how it's made.
    • Describe Aboriginal art today.
    • Play the two-minute audio or video clip of a musician playing the didgeridoo.
  • Afterward, ask students to read the 'Lesson Summary' independently.
  • Then distribute the lesson quiz and require students to complete in pairs, then review the answers.

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