Extended What Is This? video transcript with rich visual description.
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A resource for building historical skills - Foundation Year
'What is this?' is designed to inspire young students to engage in historical inquiry, and to cultivate their historical literacy and skills.
It aligns with the Australian Curriculum: History for students in Foundation Year and includes a 15-minute video to introduce teachers to the inquiry-learning approach used in the resource.
- Explore the different structures of families and family groups today, and what they have in common - ACHHK002.
- Explore how the stories of families and the past can be communicated, for example through photographs, artefacts, books, oral histories, digital media, and museums - ACHHK004.
- Distinguish between the past, present and future - ACHH016.
- Pose questions about the past using sources provided - ACHHS017.
- Explore a range of sources about the past - ACHHS018.
- Identify and compare features of objects from the past and present - ACHHS019.
- Explore a point of view - ACHHS020.
- Use a range of communication forms (oral, graphic, written, role play) and digital technologies - ACHHS022.
What is this? Six historical objects
At the core of this resource is a set of six short videos to use in the classroom. Each one invites students to explore a different historical object. Having watched a video, students can undertake the suggested learning activities to help develop their skills of:
- observation and sequencing
- contextualisation and research
- empathy and speculation
We hope this resource makes teaching and learning history easy and fun. Let us know how it works for you and your students – we welcome your feedback.
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The curriculum links in this resource are drawn from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), Australian Curriculum: History website.