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Australia ~ Our Studies of the Land Down Under

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We took two weeks to study the continent of Australia ~ and since I’m already behind in my geography posting, this post will have both weeks of our lesson plan layouts in it. Our first week we focused more on geography, currency, the Australian  flag, etc.. and during our second week learned about kangaroos, koalas, did lots of drawing, took some virtual tours and completed some minit books for our notebook. Here’s a peek at our studies:

Week 1 Layout


  • Introduce new song about Australia from Geography Songs 
  • Use atlas and globe to locate Australia
  • Talked about the size of Australia {slightly smaller than the US}
  • Independent reading ~ the girls spent this week reading Destination Australia together each day


  • Review geography song
  • Learn {and reviewed} some geography terms: coral reef, desert, rain forest, island, & also about Ayers Rock
  • Fun saying some Australian slang words
  • Learned about the flag of Australia using our notebooking page
Australian flag thumbnail Click on thumbnail to download pdf file



Week 2 Layout


  • Review geography song
  • Looked at the Australia for Kids slideshow
  • Independent reading {McKenna ~ Dingoes at Dinnertime}
  • Completed our mapping activity of Australia
Mapping Australia thumbnail Click on thumbnail to download pdf file


  • Review geography song
  • Took a little tour via the site Time for Kids – Australia
  • Learned about animals that are unique to Australia: platypus, kangaroo and koala were the ones we focused on
  • Used Draw Write Now to draw a koala bear {Book 7}
  • Independent reading


  • Review geography song
  • Used Draw Write Now to draw a kangaroo {Book 7}
  • Worked on our minit books about kangaroos {from Homeschool Share}. We put these books on a sheet of cardstock and added them to our geography notebook. Minit books we focused on: kangaroo facts, kangaroo family, all about pouches, kangaroo matchbooks, kangaroo habitat, birth and care of joey, kangaroo diet
  • Independent reading


  • Review geography song
  • Watched a video on the Sydney Opera House
  • Drew our own maps of Australia using Draw Write Now as a guide
  • Summarize independent reading book and copy summary/dication
  • Added our notebooking pages to our binder and stamped our passports!

Books We Used

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    • I’m not sure what to tell you. I am clicking on the link in the post and the file opens, downloads, and prints for me.

  1. I can’t get it to print I have tried many times.

    • I’m not sure what to tell you – you may need to check your Adobe settings and make sure they are up to date. Both pdf files are opening for me and printing.

  2. Great unit study! Is it okay if I use it or not? I have been researching unit studies online for weeks now and this is one that really sounds appealing. I love Australia. If I had enough money, I would fly with the kids there and back.

    Do you have other unit studies to share? I also have been looking for unit studies on tsunamis but could not find anything that I could use. There was nothing available. This is a shame. I will email this to myself now then print it out in the morning. Thanks in advance!

    Great list of fun activities. I will try them and then report back.

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