Australia Teacher Resources

Australia is unique, an island and a continent, home of creatures, cultures, plants, and landforms found nowhere else in the world. Famous for its kangaroos and koalas, platypus (platypi? platypodes?) and wombats, for aborigines who somehow manage to survive in the hostile environment of the Outback, for Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia offers opportunities for study in all subject areas and at all grade levels.

Life came to this island country a long time ago. Young social scientists can examine how Australia’s geography (check out this handout) influenced not only the evolution of its life forms but its human history and cultural makeup as well. A picture-packed presentation suggests topics young explorers might want to research in greater depth. And your herpetologists are gonna love a video about goanna lizards. Your textbooks doesn’t devote much time to the land down under? No worries, we’ve got the dinky-di while kids can learn more about the cuddly koala from a reading comprehension worksheet. And what study of Australia would be complete without a look at the Great Barrier Reef? A video lets viewers dive below the surface to explore the submerged reef and a lesson has young ecologists examine threats to the reef like coral bleaching caused by climate change and other factors.

Kids needn’t be Australian to celebrate Australia Day on January 26, which recognizes the country’s  history and its diversity. Lesson Planet has reviewed reading comprehension worksheets, videos, games, aboriginal Dreamtime story telling lessons, and art activities.

So if you’re looking for materials on Straya, no drama. The reviewed and rated resources in our collection are fair dinkum. Crikey!

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Geography Project: Australia

For Students 3rd - 5th
A presentation packed with project ideas and research questions encourages viewers to use images to describe Australia's climate, leisure activities, location, interesting facts, culture, and landmarks.  Learners combine technology and...
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Facts About Australia

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Here is a quick printable with some basic facts about Australia, such as its population, area, type of government, and currency, as well as a simple drawing of an outline of the country.
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Australia Day Printables

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Here is your must-have resource for celebrating Australia Day with youngsters! It includes research activities, popular Australian songs, tracing and coloring worksheets, and other several other great printables.
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The Cultural Geography of Australia, Oceana, and Antarctica

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
What people groups originally settled in Australia and Oceania, and how do their geography and history affect the regions' cultural makeup? Here you'll find a traditional textbook chapter covering these topics, including informational...
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Australia and New Zealand

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Send your learners off on a research adventure with a worksheet on essential facts about Australia and New Zealand. It includes 18 short-answer response questions, as well as a map activity where pupils locate a variety of geographic...
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Geography Now! Australia

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Everybody loves Australia; if world politics were high school, this country would be one of the popular kids. That's according to a video profile that describes the island nation's political geography, physical geography, and...
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Spotlight on Australia 3

For Students 6th - 9th
In this Australia facts worksheet, students use the Internet or library to help them respond to 10 short answer, multiple choice, and true or false questions.
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Australia Map

For Students 7th - 12th
In this blank outline map instructional activity, students explore the political boundaries of Australia. This map is labeled and may be used in a variety of classroom activities.
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Australia Map: Labeled

For Students 4th - 12th
In this blank outline map worksheet, students explore the political boundaries of Australia and its provinces and territories. This map is labeled and may be used in a variety of classroom activities.
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Australia Outline Map

For Students 4th - 9th
In this Australia and Oceania outline map worksheet, students make note of the major landforms and bodies of water located within this region.
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Australia Map

For Students 4th - 10th
In this Australia outline map learning exercise, students make note of the political divisions of the 5 provinces and territories of the nation.
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Australia Map: Labeled

For Students 5th - 10th
In this Australia outline map worksheet, students make note of the political divisions of the 5 provinces and territories of the nation. This map is labeled.
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Australia - reading

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this Australia worksheet, students read the paragraph about Australia and complete multiple choice questions about it. Students complete 5 questions total.
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Labeling a Map of Australia

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders label a map of Australia. Using the internet, they research the history and maps of the continent and print a blank map. They review on how to use a compass rose and legend. In groups, they create a brochure to share...
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Endangered Species of Australia Word Search

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this word search worksheet, students find the name of 10 endangered species from Australia in the word search. Words can be spelled in any direction including diagonally.
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A Kid’s Life in Australia

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Use a lesson plan on slang to establish research and discussion skills among young scholars. As a class, or in small groups, learners use the scientific questioning process in order to research a question and draw a conclusion based on...
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Australia and Oceania: Physical Map

For Students 5th - 12th
In this Australia and Oceania physical map worksheet, students make note of the major landforms and bodies of water located within this region.
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Patterns from Nature: Learning about Australia's Aborigines Through Contemporary Art

For Teachers K - 5th
Young scholars examine various artworks by aborigines in Australia to discover their culture. Using the artwork, they create their own piece based on their interpretations about their culture. They answer discussion questions and share...
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Geography Student Workbook, Australia

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Your youngsters will be experts on the geography of Australia after working with these activities and worksheets, which review the continent's weather, major landforms, dimensions, history, and climate.
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Lizards, Snakes, and Poisonous Animals in the Deserts of Australia

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Australia has more lizards than any other country. Learners have an opportunity to get up close to one type, the goanna lizard, with a short video about how this speedy reptile survives under the harsh conditions of the outback. Viewers...
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Australia and Argentina: A Study in Contrast

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study world events and their effect on economic growth. They research and interpret graphs to determine explanations for economic growth. Students compare the World Wars and the Great Depression to the growth of Argentina and...
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Rate of Coral Growth

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Using a table of information provided, middle school marine biologists chart data on a graph to determine the impact of water depth on coral growth in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Then they answer questions that connect the data to...
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Australian History for Kids

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
When did Aboriginal tribes arrive in Australia? When were the Sydney Olympic Games hosted? Review some major events in Australian history with this timeline activity worksheet.
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ESL Holiday Lessons: Australia Day

For Students 6th - 10th
In this language skills worksheet, students read an article about Australia Day. Students respond to 6 matching questions, 29 fill in the blank questions, 30 multiple choice questions, 12 word scramble questions, 30 short answer...