For geography the kids and I have been learning lots about Australia. Some of the activities we have tried are:
My kids have enjoyed listening to Waltzing Matilda which we have read is the unofficial national anthem of Australia. I found and printed off a copy of the lyrics and the kids located the Aussie slang words and then we rewrote the song using English words. We all agreed the song is much better using the Aussie words. We listened to this song so many time my kids know it by heart:)
We have completed Amanda Bennett's Download and Go unit on Australia and learn quite a bit about the landscape and the animals that live down under.
We learn about the aboriginal people their culture, and Dream time religion. The kids made a a few art projects using the Aborigines art techniques.
Princess made a didgeridoo
Little Man decided to make a message stick
Make boomerangs and tried to throw them properly:)
I also got some great printable's from Our Worldwide Classroom that we used.
Some of the books we enjoyed reading to learn more about the history and culture of Australia were:
The Aborginal Peoples of Australia by Anne Bartlett
Look What Came from Australia by Kevin Davis
An Aborginal family by Rollo Browne
A family in Australia by Rollo Browne
Australia and Oceania by Mel Freidman
Guide to Australia by Micheal March
Life Cycles of Kangaroo by Diana Noonan
Finding Home (true story of a Koala) by Sandra Markle
The World of Koalas by Sandra Lee
We enjoyed watching the Atlas DVD about Australia and just for fun we watched Crocodile Dundee!
Lastly on our journey we made a traditional Aussie meal consisting of
Shrimp on the Barbie
My husband braved the cold and grilled the shrimp and lamb chops on the barbie:)
These recipes were found in the Eat your way around the world cook book by Jamie Aramini
At first the family was uneasy trying these cookies because they had coconut in it, but after some coaxing they all admitted they were good.
These cookies have quite a history going back to WWI
These were made the traditional way but certain people in the family decided they didn't like raw coconut, although everyone took at least one bite:)
So I made some without coconut and they went over much better
That is it we are finished for the time being learning about Australia and will now move on to learning about Mexico!