Australia Teacher Resources

Australia is unique, an island and a continent, home of creatures, cultures, plants, and landforms found nowhere else in the world. Famous for its kangaroos and koalas, platypus (platypi? platypodes?) and wombats, for aborigines who somehow manage to survive in the hostile environment of the Outback, for Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia offers opportunities for study in all subject areas and at all grade levels.

Life came to this island country a long time ago. Young social scientists can examine how Australia’s geography (check out this handout) influenced not only the evolution of its life forms but its human history and cultural makeup as well. A picture-packed presentation suggests topics young explorers might want to research in greater depth. And your herpetologists are gonna love a video about goanna lizards. Your textbooks doesn’t devote much time to the land down under? No worries, we’ve got the dinky-di while kids can learn more about the cuddly koala from a reading comprehension worksheet. And what study of Australia would be complete without a look at the Great Barrier Reef? A video lets viewers dive below the surface to explore the submerged reef and a lesson has young ecologists examine threats to the reef like coral bleaching caused by climate change and other factors.

Kids needn’t be Australian to celebrate Australia Day on January 26, which recognizes the country’s  history and its diversity. Lesson Planet has reviewed reading comprehension worksheets, videos, games, aboriginal Dreamtime story telling lessons, and art activities.

So if you’re looking for materials on Straya, no drama. The reviewed and rated resources in our collection are fair dinkum. Crikey!

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ScienceWeb Australia: Years 9-10

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Science Web Australia presents a collection of three units designed for English speaking high schoolers and utilizing resources available online. The first unit focuses on ecosystems, the second on plate tectonics, and the third on the...
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For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Five lessons take high schoolers on a journey through Australia’s ecosystems. They investigate the relationships between different organisms, examine factors that affect population sizes, and consider how energy flows into and out of an...
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Geography Project: Australia

For Students 3rd - 5th
A presentation packed with project ideas and research questions encourages viewers to use images to describe Australia's climate, leisure activities, location, interesting facts, culture, and landmarks.  Learners combine technology and...
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Facts About Australia

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Here is a quick printable with some basic facts about Australia, such as its population, area, type of government, and currency, as well as a simple drawing of an outline of the country.
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Australia Day Printables

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Here is your must-have resource for celebrating Australia Day with youngsters! It includes research activities, popular Australian songs, tracing and coloring worksheets, and other several other great printables.
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Patterns from Nature: Learning about Australia's Aborigines Through Contemporary Art

For Teachers K - 5th
Students examine various artworks by aborigines in Australia to discover their culture. Using the artwork, they create their own piece based on their interpretations about their culture. They answer discussion questions and share their...
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For Teachers 5th - 8th
It's as if you're sitting on the wings of an eagle and soaring over the continent of Australia! See the varying regions and get a quick overview of the country's land. This video is non-narrated, but it provides a beautiful look at...
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Geography of Australia: The Shaping of a Continent

For Teachers 7th
Whether you are embarking on a unit on ecosystems, or on the characteristics of the Australian terrain, this picture-packed presentation would be a great one to use. Not only does the presentation contain useful information, it also has...
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Australia's Wildlife

For Students 4th - 5th
Here is a word search that requires learners to find 25 animals that live in Australia. There are some wild names, such as; Fairy Possum!  There is no answer key provided for the search, which would be a good addition to any study of the...
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The Cultural Geography of Australia, Oceana, and Antarctica

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
What people groups originally settled in Australia and Oceania, and how do their geography and history affect the regions' cultural makeup? Here you'll find a traditional textbook chapter covering these topics, including informational...
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Australia and New Zealand

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Send your learners off on a research adventure with a worksheet on essential facts about Australia and New Zealand. It includes 18 short-answer response questions, as well as a map activity where pupils locate a variety of geographic...
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Aboriginal Plant Use in South-Eastern Australia

For Students 9th - 12th
The Aboriginal people of Australia survived for over 40,000 years by using the plants that grow in the bush for food, medicine, tools, and utensils. Introduce young botanists to the wonders of the Outback with a 25-page packet that...
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Geography Now! Australia

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Everybody loves Australia; if world politics were high school, this country would be one of the popular kids. That's according to a video profile that describes the island nation's political geography, physical geography, and...
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Test Your Research Skills: Spotlight on Australia 3

For Students 5th - 6th
In this Australia worksheet, students use the Internet or a research library to find the answers to ten questions about Australia.
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Australia and Argentina: A Study in Contrast

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study world events and their effect on economic growth. They research and interpret graphs to determine explanations for economic growth. Students compare the World Wars and the Great Depression to the growth of Argentina and...
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Australia- An Ancient Land

For Students 4th - 5th
In this online Australia- An Ancient Land worksheet, students use the links to answer questions about the landforms, and ancient life of the country. They look at pictures and internet sites to find the answers to 11 short answer questions.
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For Teachers 4th - 7th
Studying Australia? Be guided on a virtual field trip exploring this country’s history, culture, native people, language, music, animals, and more. Use as an introduction to a unit on Australia or to prompt a writing assignment or class...
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A Kid’s Life in Australia

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Use a lesson on slang to establish research and discussion skills among young scholars. As a class, or in small groups, learners use the scientific questioning process in order to research a question and draw a conclusion based on their...
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Australia/Oceania Outline Map

For Students 6th - 9th
In this Australia and Oceania outline map worksheet, students explore the region of the world as they label the 14 countries. The countries are numbered and lines for the answers are provided on the sheet.
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Geography Student Workbook, Australia

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Your youngsters will be experts on the geography of Australia after working with these activities and worksheets, which review the continent's weather, major landforms, dimensions, history, and climate.
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Australia, Antarctica, and Oceana

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Go on a traveling adventure throughout Australia, Oceana, and Antarctica! This textbook excerpt offers a full unit of study that can easily be supplemented by extra projects or research materials. Learners study maps, read about native...
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Lizards, Snakes, and Poisonous Animals in the Deserts of Australia

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Australia has more lizards than any other country. Learners have an opportunity to get up close to one type, the goanna lizard, with a short video about how this speedy reptile survives under the harsh conditions of the outback. Viewers...
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For Teachers 6th - 8th
Using their discussion notes Middle schoolers engage in a series of learning centers. Each center focuses on a different aspect of Australian geography, history, government, culture, and natural environment. Activities are briefly...
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Spotlight on Australia 1

For Students 5th - 8th
For this Australia facts worksheet, students use the Internet or library to help them respond to 10 short answer, multiple choice, and true or false questions.

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