My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day
Picture book | 32 pp | Years 2–4
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Learning about Anzac Day
It is important for Australian and New Zealand children to understand why Anzac Day is such a significant day on the calendar.
Investigate the origins of Anzac Day using the resources in your school library (940.425) and some of the websites listed in the Getting Started section above. Prepare a display in your library that helps other students understand the answers to some of these questions:
Words, words, words
Use your dictionary to find the meanings of these words and create an Anzac glossary. Then make a concentration game for your friends using these words:
Anzac Day is commemorated on 25 April each year. Mark this date on the calendar. Add other dates throughout the year that are significant for your family.
Discuss why communities have special days each year. Why is it important to celebrate or commemorate significant events? Construct a class calendar that shows all the special days celebrated by the children in your class.
Compare your personal calendar to those of your classmates. Are there any special days that your family celebrates or commemorates that are different from the other students?
Use a program such as Photo Story or PowerPoint to prepare a presentation that helps everyone understand your special day. Use a mind map to help research and organise your information.
What can we learn about other people by learning about their special days? How does knowing about the special days of others help our understanding of some of the things they do?
'What was the war like, Grandad?'
It is hard for us to understand what life was like just by reading history books. We can get a better idea by talking to people who were there at the time.
Visit a war veteran's home or some family members who have experienced life during war. Work out the questions you would like answered before you go. Record their stories and create an oral history resource for your school library.
'Prayer for the 21st Century'
As a class, construct your own 'Prayer for the 21st Century' and share it at your school's Anzac Day ceremony.
Fighting for the flag
Investigate the three main aspects of the Australian flag and what they represent. Complete the flag worksheet to show what you have learnt.
Symbols of a nation
Make a large collage that shows what they are. Use this mind map to help organise your ideas.
Discuss this issue with your classmates to see if you can reach an agreement. Use the PCQ Table to organise your thoughts and arguments. In the Pros column, put all the reasons why it is a good idea for the grandchildren to march on behalf of their grandparents. In the Cons column put all those reasons why it is not a good idea.
In the Questions column, list those things you need to investigate or think about further, using sentence starters such as:
Try to answer these questions because often they will help you reach a conclusion that is agreeable to everyone.
If the class agrees that children should not be allowed to march, how else might the younger generation show their respect for what previous generations endured?
Responding to text
This is a story about a family commemorating Anzac Day along with many other families in their community, and throughout Australia and New Zealand. What do you know about Anzac Day? Why is it special?
The poppy is a flower that is always associated with Anzac Day. On the worksheet write something that you know about Anzac Day on each of the petals: what, why, where, when and who.
Make a giant poppy out of red paper petals: one petal for each of these headings. Put all the things the group knows under the correct label on the petal.
An early start
On the worksheet, show the time of the start of the service on both the analogue and digital clocks. Also show the time the family needs to set their alarm clock.
Anzac Day is always commemorated on the same date, no matter what day of the week it is. What is the date of Anzac Day? What day is it this year?
At the memorial
At the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, there is a Roll of Honour that lists the names of all the Australian service men and women who have died while fighting for their country. All the names are also on a database at http://www.awm.gov.au/roh which you can search to find out about your ancestors.
The Dawn Service
Most schools hold an Anzac Day service. Use http://www.anzacday.org.au/education/tff/commemserve.html to help organise your school's service this year. Ask your teacher-librarian to help you find these traditional pieces:
Contact your state RSL at http://www.rsl.org.au/branches/index.html to see if there is someone who lives locally and might be suitable to speak at your service.
The Rising Sun Badge
What is the purpose of a badge? Why do people wear them with such pride?
Examine some badges and identify the things they all have. Design a badge for your school, class or another group you belong to. Use modelling clay or playdough to make a model of this badge.
The little girl's grandfather and all the other soldiers who march wear their medals proudly. These medals tell people where each soldier has served, and some people even have special medals for bravery.
Then, on your own, think about a time when you have been brave, or when you might be brave, then complete this worksheet .