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ESL Australian Culture Lesson Plan

Instructor: Caitlin Ferraiolo Brady

Caitlin is a sixth grade geography teacher in Connecticut. She holds a Master's Degree in Educational Techonology.

This lesson is an introduction to the culture of Australia. The lesson includes a background knowledge generation activity and a deeper exploration of several elements of Australian culture.

Lesson Objective

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify several of Australia's famous cultural elements.
  • Draw conclusions about Australia's culture from a variety of sources.

Common Core Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

Time Length

One 45-minute class period

Materials

  • Bingo style Australian culture card (see below)
  • Medium sized rubber ball with questions about the lesson written on it
  • Note paper

Vocabulary

  • Aboriginal
  • Didgeridoo

Lesson Instructions

  1. Create a Bingo-style card asking students to find someone in class who can identify or explain different Australian cultural or geographic elements in each square. Some ideas to fill each square are:
    • Find someone who can name an animal found only in Australia.
    • Find someone who can identify this building (include an image of the Sydney Opera House).
    • Find someone who knows what the Great Barrier Reef is.
    • Find someone who knows the capital of Australia.
    • Find someone who can find Australia on the map.
    • Find someone who has played with a boomerang.
    • Find someone who has owned a pair of Ugg boots.
    • Find someone who knows the name of an Australian actor or singer.
    • Find someone who has tried Vegemite.
    • Find someone who has used WIFI.
    • Find someone who knows what Uluru is.
    • Find someone who knows what a Didgeridoo is.
    • Find someone who knows how many people say hello in Australia.
    • Find someone who has tried Fairy Bread.
    • Find someone who knows what native Australians are called.
    • Find someone who can name a physical feature of Australia (mountain, river, lake, etc.).
    • You can include any other well known Australian cultural items that students might have background knowledge of and include images as appropriate in each box.
  2. Introduce the lesson topic of Australia to the students by showing a map of Australia and point out major physical and political features. Explain to the students that they will be learning about the culture of Australia.
  3. Have the students begin by creating a KWL chart in their notes. Invite them to fill out the K and W sections with things they already know about Australia and its culture and questions they have about the topic.
  4. Give each student a Bingo card and have them walk around the room, talking with peers to find people who can complete the task described in each box. When they complete a box, the person who answered it writes their initials over the box to indicate its completion. Some boxes may be harder to fill than others, but the goal is not to get a Bingo, but to generate discussion about things the class already knows about Australia.

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