HTAV Projects Levels 3-4

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Gilbert and the Guardians of Melbourne

Produced by the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria for the Melbourne Day Committee

While on an excursion in Melbourne, a group of children meet a talking cat with an uncanny knowledge of the history of the city. Download Gilbert and the Guardians of Melbourne, a free illustrated ebook and accompanying education kit about the foundation story of the City of Melbourne. Visit the Melbourne Day website to find out how your students can apply to become junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne!

Royal Flying Doctor Service

Produced by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Victoria)

This site contains online resources for both the History and Geography subject areas of the Victorian Curriculum. The 3-4 History resource introduces students to John Flynn, founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the significant individual featured on the twenty dollar note. It includes three sections: VIEW (an exploration of the $20 note), EXPLORE (an interactive tour of the Royal Flying Doctor Service museum in Broken Hill) and MAKE (a student task or project).

Donkeys Can’t Fly on Planes

Produced by the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria for the University of Melbourne and Kids Own Publishing

These classroom resources support the book Donkeys Can’t Fly on Planes. It was written by children with a South Sudanese refugee background who came to live in Australia in the early 2000s and were students at the Liddiard Road Primary School in Traralgon, Victoria. After Donkeys was published, parents and adults in the community told their stories, for children, in In My Kingdom (2014) and All the Way Home (2015).

The resources draw on all three books to bring Australian migration from South Sudan and refugee history alive through the voices of some children and adults who have lived it first-hand. The materials below include videos, audio, classroom activities and additional information for teachers and students to support children’s stories being used as primary sources to discuss and learn about recent histories of immigration.

Gallipoli Oaks Project

Produced by the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

Access The Gallipoli Oaks Story, a free ebook about the journey of an acorn from Gallipoli to Melbourne. Use the education kit to find out more about World War I commemorations, undertake some crafty activities and plan your Anzac Day ceremony.

The History in Place Project

Produced by Culture Victoria, the Heritage Council of Victoria and the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria

History in Place is a film-making project for students visiting museums or heritage sites. It can also be adapted for use with primary sources in the classroom. The toolkit includes an instructional documentary, PowerPoint, storyboard worksheet, assessment rubric, excursion forms and examples of student work. This resource is suitable for upper primary and all secondary school students.

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