Finding resources to teach your students about Australia’s colonial past can be tricky. This unit, along with its accompanying powerpoint and lapbook activities, will help your students understand the reasons behind Australia’s colonisation and the difficulties faced during the expansion of European settlement in Australia. It will adequately assist you in meeting the Australian Year 5 History curriculum requirements (version 8.4 and 9.0).
PLEASE NOTE: this unit has been updated to comply with the new Australian Curriculum 9.0 standards. The old version (version 8.4) is also still included in this bundle for now while schools make the transition to the new curriculum.
This unit has the following Australian Curriculum Year 5 history content (version 8.4 and 9.0) descriptor covered:
– the economic, political and social causes of the establishment of British colonies in Australia after 1800 AC9HS5K01
– the impact of the development of British colonies in Australia on the lives of First Nations Australians, the colonists and convicts, and on the natural environment AC9HS5K02
– the role of a significant individual or group, including First Nations Australians and those who migrated to Australia, in the development of events in an Australian colony AC9HS5K03
– Reasons (economic, political and social) for the establishment of British colonies in Australia after 1800 (ACHASSK106)
– The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced patterns of development, aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants (including Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples) and how the environment changed (ACHASSK107)
– The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony (ACHASSK110)
Included in this bundle (please click on these links for a more thorough preview of what is included in each resource):
— Life in Colonial Australia Lapbook Activities and Unit Plan (version 8.4)
— Life in Colonial Australia Informative Powerpoint (version 8.4)
— Life in Colonial Australia Word Wall
— Australia’s Colonial History Timeline Classroom Decor Posters
— Famous Australians of the 1800s Settlement to Federation Classroom Decor Posters
— Bonus Version 9.0 updates!! – including revised unit plan – assessment rubric included, powerpoint and a few additional activities to help support the curriculum changes
Topics your students will explore throughout this unit:
✔ Life in the Colonies – students compare and contrast the lifestyles of the Indigenous and European settlers (Food, Clothing, Work, Children’s Lives, Accommodation)
✔ The Challenges – students complete a diary taking on the role of a European settler, describing the challenges of Colonial life
✔ Reasons for establishing more colonies – Australia map brainstorm
✔ Timeline of Colonial Events – Students explore the events that led to the establishment of the various colonies around Australia
✔ Impact of European settlement – Logging, Introduced Species, Farming, Land Clearing
✔ Significant People – Using the iPhone snapshot flipbook, students reflect on the contributions of a key individual during the Colonial era of Australian history.
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Is there a rubric included in this resource?
How long should it take to complete this unit?
This Unit is designed to be implemented once/twice a week over a 10 week term.
Can I share this resource with my teaching partner?
No. This product is for personal use only. Multiple licences are available for use among more than one person.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Thank you so much,
The Unit Plan is a guide only and very simple. Teachers should use their own discretion when implementing. Some questions have been given to help guide student thinking but more specific questions should be added to develop conversation and deeper learning. Students should be encouraged to ask questions themselves as well. Please note: This Unit Plan uses the internet as a resource, therefore internet access is essential to be able to follow the Unit Plan. Youtube links are also provided and therefore Youtube access essential also.