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BLAST Elementary Thematic Program
Australia

(October and November 2007)

 

What in the World is a Wombat? And Other Australian Animals

Visit the Land Down Under in this exciting program about the animals of Australia!  Learn about marsupials, monotremes, and other remarkable mammals.  Students will have the opportunity to discover Australia's zany zoology through stories, songs, informational text, reader's theater and a hands-on activity. 

Recommended for grade K-2

Fiction Books:

book jacket Wombat Goes Walkabout
by Michael Morpurgo
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Koala Lou

by Mem Fox

Informational Books:

book jacket Australian Animals
by Caroline Arnold
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One Night in the Coral Sea

by Sneed B. Collard

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A Platypus, Probably

by Sneed B. Collard

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Destination: Australia

by Jonathan Grupper

Pennsylvania Academic Standards: 

  

        1.6. A&B. - Speaking and Listening

  

Web Sites:

                

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/red-kangaroo.html

 

Aussies in the Land of "Oz"

Have you ever wondered about life in the Land Down Under?  Learn about boomerangs, crocodile hunters, and the real reasons behind people settling in Australia.  The differences in "American" English and "Australian" English will also be explored through stories, informational text, and a hands-on activity. 

Recommended for grade 3-5

Informational Books:

book jacket Australia in Pictures
by Ann Kerns
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G' Day Australia!

by April Pulley Sayre

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A Ticket to Australia

by Sean McCollum

book jacket Explore Australia and Oceania

by Bobbie Kalman

Pennsylvania Academic Standards: 

        1.6. A&B. - Speaking and Listening

Web Sites: