G'day mate, we have been down in Oz having an onkey-dory time! Here is what we have been doing the last three weeks for geography.
- Learned Geography Songs for Australia, New Zealand & Oceania
- Labeled Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea
- Labeled the following territories and states: Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania.
- Located and labeled the North Island and South Island of New Zealand, the Solomon Islands of Melanesia and the Hawaiian Islands.
- Located and labeled the island groups of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia
- Marked the Tropic of Capricorn and labeled it
- Used an atlas to match latitudes and longitudes of islands with their names
- Labeled the bodies of water surrounding Australia and Oceania
- Read and learned about physical features of Australia and Oceania.
- Made salt dough physical relief maps of Australia.
We used the Salty Map Dough recipe from Kid Concoctions.
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups salt
- 1 1/3 cup water
- Used clues to locate and label rivers, bays and harbors
- Shaded the desert, grasslands and forests and then wrote one fact about the vegetation that grows in these areas
- Completed a table with mountain names, location and height and made a vertical bar graph to compare the five tallest mountains
- Went diving in The Great Barrier Reef ~ a virtual field trip
- Studied the climate and analyzed graphs on average temperature and precipitation
- Completed a chart on products and resources and then used the chart to answer questions
- Identified unusual animals and plants in Australia and New Zealand, like the koala and platypus
- Sang the Kookaburra song and listened to its laugh
- Read It's Designed to Do What it Does Do, by Ken Ham and Buddy Davis - A fun book about animals in Australia
- Listened to a fun song about the platypus by Buddy Davis:
- Read and learned about human geography of Australia and Oceania
- Completed a graph on population growth over the last 50 years
- Used clue to locate major cities on a map
- Identified the official languages
- Read a graph of religions of Australia and Oceania and use the information and a map to answer questions
- Found photographs of traditional clothing
- Read about the people of New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji in Window on the World
- Read about daily life in Australia and New Zealand in Children Just Like Me
- Demonstrated the traditional Maori (aboriginal) greeting: Two people clasp hands and press their noses and foreheads together
- Colored the Flag of Australia
- Learned some everyday expressions for language activities, like g'day and tried to use as many as we could in a sentence.
Here are a few of the fun, distinctly Australian words and expressions we learned:
- g'day - good day
- mate - friend
- ta - goodbye
- Oz - Australia
- onkey-dorey - good
- fair dinkim - genuine, the honest truth
- dinky do - the real thing
- boomer - a big kangaroo
- up a gum tree - in trouble
- humpty do - all mixed up
- take a squiz - look over
- get all wet - get angry
- jumpbuck - sheep (there are 10 jumpbucks for every Australian)
Here are a couple of the boys' sentences using the expressions:
Jordan: "G'day mate. Would you like to come over for a barbie? If you come, bring your cozy because we are going swimming in the billabong." (Translation: Good day friend. Would you like to come over for a BBQ? If you come, bring your swim trunks because we are going swimming in the pond.)
Nathan: "G'day mate. I saw a boomer today. When I looked at him he got all humpty-do. Hey look! A boomer is coming. We're up in a gum tree! Look, he's getting all wet!" (Translation: Good day friend. I saw a kangaroo today. When I looked at him he got all mixed up. Hey look! A kangaroo is coming. We're in trouble! He's getting angry!)
Listened to a popular Australian song called the Waltzing Matilda. (We enjoyed the song and the pictures too!)
"Waltzing Matilda" is the story of a hike taken by a swagman (wanderer) and his matilda (bedroll). He goes camping by a billabong (pond) and waits for his billy (pail used for heating water) to boil underneath the coolibah (type of gum tree). The swagman captures a jumpbuck (sheep) in his tuckerbag (traveling bag).
- Learned about Australian foods - what is vegemite, anyways?
- Made an Australian Meat Pie for our ethnic cooking night.
To tell you the fair-dinkim, it was a lot of work, but we learned a lot! So ta for now . . .we are stamping our passports and moving on to Africa!