Did you know that there are symbols for Australian states and territories, with each state and territory having its own flag, badge, coat of arms as well as its own bird, animal, colour and flower?
One of the great things about homeschooling is that the adults get to learn alongside the kids! Well, at least I'm learning new things all the time. :o
As part of our study on Australia, we created an activity based on the symbols for Australian states and territories. The purpose of this activity was to:
- introduce the different symbols for each state and territory (e.g. flags, badges, coat of arms, animals, birds, flowers)
- use a website for reference purposes
- organise and present the symbols in an organised, appealing and interactive way (e.g., in a paper table which folded out).
It took a little time to cut and prepare the 'puzzle pieces' but the activity itself was well worth it. The boys enjoyed it.
Here's what we did with these symbols for Australian States and Territories ...
Step 1: Prepare the Chart
We pasted together the A4 pages with the tables so they looked something like this:
The tables form the basis of the activity and allowed the boys to organise the symbols.
Step 2: List the States and Territories
We wrote in the names of all the Australia states and territories in the first column.
Step 3: Sort the Symbols
We sorted the pieces into piles - flags, badges, coat of arms, animals, colours, flowers and birds. This made it easier to find everything we needed.
Step 4: Put it all together
Pasting the relative symbols in the appropriate places on the tables was the next task. To help us work out which animal/flag, etc., belonged where, we used this website: List of symbols for Australian states and territories.
Step 5: Fold the table
As our tables needed to fit inside a scrap book, we folded them up.
One table (containing four of the states and territories) was folded and pasted on the right side of the book while the second table (containing another 4 states/territory) was folded and pasted to the left page of the book.
What sort of activities have your child engaged in to help learn more about our Australian states and territories? We'd love to hear about your experiences. Please feel free to leave a comment on this post or on our facebook page.
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