Learn About Australia in Your Homeschool

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This week’s country in our Around the World in 11 Weeks series is Australia! Australia is a beautiful country surrounded by oceans and filled with interesting animals, landscapes and people.  Check out all the resources below to study Australia and grab the FREE printable portion.

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Printable Unit Study

The printable portion of the unit study contains Australia Notebooking Pages, a Map Scavenger Hunt, a Following Directions activity, a math activity about Australian currency, Famous People notebooking pages, and book summaries.  Grab it below! (21 pages)

Printable pages for Australia Unit Study including following directions page with map, people notebooking pages, currency page, map scavenger hunt and Australia notebooking page.

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Videos About Australia

This video shares some fun information about Australia.  (13 min.)

This Geography Now! video gives a good overview of Australia.  (10 min.)

Australia has many unique animals that are not found anywhere else in the world.  Learn about them here. (13 min.)

Research More About Australia

 

Ducksters has a variety of information about Australia including information about the geography, economy, and government of Australia as well as famous Australians with links to learn more about them.  

National Geographic Kids has a slideshow of related pictures, fast facts, the history of Australia and more.

Cool Kid Facts has a narrative version of facts about Australia written in a larger font making it good place for younger children to learn.

Hands On Activities

Make a project based upon the roof of the Sydney Opera House.  Here is one for younger children and a more in-depth project for older children.  Include this video in your lesson.

Make eucalyptus play dough or eucalpytus scented rice for sensory play.

Make a model of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  Here is an easy version and a video to watch.

Make an aboriginal boomerang and learn about the different groups of people referred to as the aborigines.

Check out our Steve Irwin Unit Study to download printables to make a zoo of Australian animals.  This set of animals would be perfect for it:

Draw an Australian animal with these videos from Art Hub for Kids:

Wombat

Koala

Kangaroo

Make Australian Food

Start your day with an Aussie Breakfast Fry-UpYou will likely recognize all these foods, but maybe haven’t eaten them altogether.

Here is an easy tuna and chickpea pattie appetizer.

Here is an Aussie Meat Pie for your main meal.

And here is a fun, Australian sweet treat, that almost any age child can make: Fairy Bread!

Famous Australians

Macfarlane Burnet: Research, Video

Rupert Murdoch: Research, Video

Steve Irwin: Research, Who Was Steve Irwin?, Video

        Check out our Steve Irwin Unit Study!

Nicole Kidman: Research 

Keith Urban: Research, Video

Hugh Jackman Research, Video

Ian Thorpe: ResearchVideo

Play Australian Music

Find an Australian playlist on your favorite streaming service or listen to this collection of aboriginal music. 

Non-Fiction Books About Australia

Fiction Books About Australia

Elementary school:

Middle school:

For more Young Adult books about Australia, check out this list.

Movies About Australia

Storm Boy is based on an Australian novel about a boy who rescued a pelican.  It is available as part of Amazon Prime.

Red Dog is the beginning of series about a dog roaming the outback of Australia.  Also available through Amazon Prime.

Oddball is another animal based movie set in Australia.  This time a dog helps protect a penguin sanctuary.

Paper Planes is about a boy preparing for the World Paper Plane Championship.  It is also set in Australia and available to rent through Amazon.

"Go to" Australia

Visit a variety of places in Australia with these webcams.

Here are five virtual tours in Australia you can take, including one of the Sydney Opera House.

And here are 30+ more virtual tours of Australia for you!

Study the Biomes

Australia contains deserts, oceans, grasslands, and forests so a study of biomes would be an appropriate rabbit trail.

Our Biomes Bundle would be a great place to get started:

Download Printable Activities

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