National Days: For the Teacher

Key Learning Areas: Studies of Society and Environment

Year Level: Upper Primary

Lesson Duration: 8 lessons

Lesson's overall aim

Investigate ways in which Australians celebrate and commemorate national days. Examine the history of each day, its significance and the activities that are associated with it, from both a personal and national standpoint. Analyse changes in national days over time and variations from state to state. Consider the ways such days have changed and could change in the future and make recommendations.

Curriculum Links

Links to the Australian Curriculum

Learning outcomes


  • Analysis, organisation translation and presentation of information
  • Forming opinions and supporting with evidence


  • Social justice
  • Responsibility
  • Integrity
  • Fair go
  • Respect

Notes for Teachers

It is recommended that teachers study the unit carefully, before the students start work on it. A number of sites are listed in the Resources section for teachers’ use, so that they can familiarise themselves with the details of this topic. Ideas are also provided for graphic organisers, some of which will need printing off. It may be preferable to have these on hand before students begin the unit. Teachers may need to divide the research tasks amongst small groups in Activity 1, and students may need initial reminders to respect different points of view when taking part in the Consensogram activity. Students will need stickers for this activity and display space to display their findings. It would be preferable to have a designated period when students could look at each other’s displays and mark their opinions on the Censogram sheets.

Teacher evaluation

The student activity sheets and opinion pieces will form a basis for assessment of their work.

Indicators of student achievement

The student can:

  • describe and explain the history of 4 important national days
  • briefly describe the activities that commemorate these days
  • describe changes that have occurred over time in these commemorations
  • show evidence of the values they attach to national days
  • make suggestions to improve commemoration of national days in Australia

Teacher Resources

Discovering Democracy

Convict Creations

Workers Online

Wattle Day

For the teacher | Introduction | Investigation | Review existing information | Report the findings | Taking Action | Evaluation and assessment | Resources

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