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PACER program

Year levels

5–12

Group size

30 students (two groups can run concurrently)

Duration

2 hours (90 minutes with Museum educator and 30 minutes teacher-guided exploration)

Cost

$7 per student

Availability

Weekdays at 10am and 1pm in 2019
Weekdays at 9am, 11am and 1pm in 2020

Can you think of an event in our history that has helped shape our nation?

What about an event in your lifetime that has changed Australia?

Making a Nation is a Museum educator-led program where students investigate the theme of nationhood by handling objects and exploring the Museum’s galleries.

Students also use an iPad to photograph objects that illustrate an aspect of Australia’s development as a nation that they view as important.

Aims

  • Give students an opportunity to explore key events and periods that have shaped Australia, through object handling and gallery exploration.
  • Help students understand time, continuity and change through the construction and examination of timelines, and gallery exploration.

Structure

  • Introductory activity — students explore objects that relate to key events and ideas in Australia’s history, and then construct a timeline to discuss change in Australia.
  • Gallery activity — working in groups, students explore the Museum’s galleries and photograph objects that illustrate an aspect of Australia’s development as a nation that they view as important.
  • Reflection — students gather to discuss their selected objects and explain why their stories are important to Australian history. They also discuss how the pictures might be used for further research and reflection on Australian history and our national identity back at school.
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