The AIATSIS Collection aims to create a world where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are recognised, respected, valued and celebrated. This collection of resources contains more than one million items, including books, audio, photographic, manuscript, moving image and art and object material, related to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.
Children’s Week is a celebration of all the things that make children special. It is a chance for the community to gather and recognise the unique talents, rights and achievements of children.
This booklet contains ideas and activities that can be used across a range of settings – from early childhood centres, schools, libraries, community groups to home based learning settings.
This unit of work, Global footprints, explores the concepts of sustainable futures, global or ecological footprints and personal and social responsibility. Narrative texts used are the children’s picture book The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley, written by Colin Thompson and illustrated by Amy Lissiat; a factual text and video in ‘Ida’s story’, the […]
This unit, Helping hands, explores fiction, non-fiction and multi-modal texts related to the 2004 Asian tsunami and its tragic aftermath. Texts used include the young adult novel The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis, the picture book The Day of the Elephant by Barbara Kerr Wilson and Frané Lessac, the memoir Hands Across the Waters by […]
The unit of work, Global people, explores the human dimensions of forced and voluntary migration. Texts used include the picture storybook Ziba Came on a Boat, written by Liz Lofthouse and illustrated by Robert Ingpen, and the real-life story of Najeeba, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan. The focus might be complimented by having junior novels […]
This unit of work, Words to unite us, allows students to explore the complex theme of a common humanity, using the picture story books Whoever You Are, written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Leslie Staub, Mirror by Jeannie Baker, and The Little Refugee by Anh Do and Suzanne Do and illustrated by Bruce Whatley. […]
This unit of work, Stories to unite us, allows students to explore aspects of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, using the picture books You and Me: Our Place and Stories from the Billabong.You and Me: Our Place written by Leonie Norrington and illustrated by Dee Huxley highlights the connections between young and old […]
This unit of work, Neighbours PNG, begins with the concept of neighbourliness and then extends the focus to our Pacific island neighbour, Papua New Guinea — its place in relation to Australia, major languages and the culture of traditional storytelling. Texts used include fiction, stories and factual texts, with Miracle on Separation Street by Bob […]
Dreaming Soldiers, written by Catherine Bauer and illustrated by Shane McGrath, weaves tales of childhood adventures and battlefield challenges with Dreaming themes.