Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 21 ~ Australia

Around The World in 28 Weeks For Preschool Through First Grade Collage Button 2 OK2This post is part of the series “Around the World in 28 Weeks: Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten.” For an introduction, overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please click here. Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool!

Introduction to Week 21

This week you will be returning with the children in your class to the continent of Oceania and traveling to the country of Australia. You can do the lesson plan activities in the order that you prefer.

Below is a Printable Lesson Plan Schedule for the entire 28 weeks and a blank lesson plan grid. Just click on the thumbnails below to open and view. For best results, download to your computer or open in Adobe Reader before printing.

Lesson Plans Around the World in 28 Weeks Kindergarten Lesson Plans Around the World Blank Template

Prep Work

  • Print PDFs below for watercolor paintings
  • Gather books and supplies (see checklists below)
  • Print out handouts and 3-hole punch them for notebooks (see checklists below)

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Kangaroo by Tatters on flickr

Week 21 Lesson Plan

Date and Destination

Date: First Week of March**
Continent: Oceania
Country: Australia

Pretend Passport: Please see Week 2 for suggestions on how to use the Play Passports during your lesson. Below are free printable Passport Stamps. Please click here for free Airline Tickets, and Cruise Ship Tickets printables. Just click on the thumbnails below to open and view. For best viewing/printing results, open in Adobe Reader.

Passport Stamps

Reading (10 – 15 minutes)

Story: The Selfish Sand Frog and the How the Kangaroo Got Its Tail from The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book (stories from Australia)

Discussion: Define unfamiliar terms. Ask questions to determine reading comprehension; tailor these to your children’s ages and abilities. Depending on the size of your class and as time permits, try to allow each child to participate. Don’t drag this part on too long or your kids will lose interest. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Which was your favorite story? Why?
  • What was your favorite part? Who was your favorite character?
  • Questions based on the Who?, What?, Why?, When?, and How? of a story are great for getting kids thinking.

Geography (5 – 15 minutes)

Globe or Wall Map Activity: With your class,

  • find the Continent of Oceania
  • find the country of Australia
  • find the capitol: Canberra.

I have been allowing the kids to take turns putting little dot stickers on the country we visit on our wall map each week. They have really enjoyed this little extra!

Map Handout*: Pass out the Map Handout to your class and allow them to color the page as time permits. You may want this to be the last activity of your class so they can be kept busy until the next class starts or until their parents pick them up. Have the kids place their handouts in their World Traveler Notebook (3-ring binder) before they leave.

Below is a free printable Map Handout in PDF format. Just click on the thumbnail below to open and view. For best results, download to your computer or open in Adobe Reader before printing.

Australia Map

Art (30 – 40 minutes)

Watercolor Animal Paintings

You Will Need:

  • Watercolor paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Cups of water
  • Paper towel for each student
  • Kangaroo and Frog Pages, printed on card stock (download below)
  • Paint shirts
  • Tablecloth to protect work surface

Pass out the kangaroo and frog pages (printed out on card stock) and other art materials (see list above) to your students, and describe how to paint with watercolors.

Watercolor painting with kids: explain that you put a little water on the paintbrush, dip in one color of paint, then paint on the paper.  More water will dilute the color – if paintbrush has too much water, blot slightly on paper towel.  Too much water, and your paper will be soaked.  Don’t paint the same spot on your paper, or you can create a hole in it.  Rinse paintbrush between colors.

Encourage the kids to paint the background, too.

Just click on thumbnail below to open and view. For best results, open in Adobe Reader before printing.

Kangaroo and Frog Pages

Other Activities (10 – 15 minutes)

Facts and Flag Handout*: Pass out these handouts to your class and allow them to color the pages as time permits. You may want this to be the last activity of your class so they can be kept busy until the next class starts or until their parents pick them up. Have the kids place their handouts in their World Traveler Notebook (3-ring binder) before they leave.

Just click on thumbnail below to open and view. For best results, open in Adobe Reader before printing.

Australia Facts and Flag


*If there is not time in class, provide these as handouts for the kids to do at home. The pages can go in their World Traveler Notebooks as a record of their journeys.

**Our homeschool coop begins during the last week of August, but the Around the World course can be started at any time of year. Some re-arranging of the weekly plans may be necessary due to holidays, but with a little planning ahead of time, this should be very manageable.

Supply Lists

General Supply List

Week 21 Supply List

  • The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book
  • Passports and World Traveler Notebooks for each child from Week 1
  • Printables from this post: Travel Tickets, Passport Stamps, Map Handout, and Facts & Flag Handout

Week 21 Art Supply List

  • Watercolor paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Cups of water to clean paintbrushes
  • Kangaroo and Frog Pages, printed on card stock (see printable PDF above)
  • Paint shirts
  • Tablecloth to protect work surface




Copyright 2015 Kathryn Depew

Image of Kangaroo from flickr.com used under the Creative Commons license. Image credit: Tatters.

 

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