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A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl Teaching Toolkit

A unique blend of documentary and theatre, A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl is a detailed study into the fascinating creature commonly known as the 12-year old girl. It features real Australian girls discussing their lives, pondering questions large and small, and articulating what it feels like to be twelve. This contemporary short film is a thought-provoking mix of narrative and...
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And Then Something Changed Teaching Toolkit

In And Then Something Changed, eight-year old Louis wakes up to what he thinks is going to be just another normal school day, but something has changed. Gone are the motorised backpacks, electric stairs, self-dressing clothes and elevating floors that Louis relies on. In this film we discover what it’s like to be a child with Achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, and what it’s like to...
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Animalia - Primary Teaching Resource

Alex and Zoe are two kids who find themselves in an extraordinary situation. After stumbling across a magical portal hidden in the town library, they're led to a parallel dimension – a sophisticated world called 'Animalia'. It's a magical place dominated by talking animals. The Animalia Primary Teaching Resource uses the animation series to support primary teachers in exploring concepts and...
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Balloon Barnyard Books App

The Balloon Barnyard Books app is an interactive reading app based on the colourful pre-school series Balloon Barnyard. The app incorporates characters and stories from the television series encouraging children aged 2+ to learn to read independently. Pip, Streak and the Balloon Barnyard gang feature in the storytelling app, which encourages children to read with a guide, listen, or ‘tap...
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Bushwhacked! - Exploring Australian Flora and Fauna

The Exploring Australian Flora and Fauna with Bushwhacked! unit of work was developed by Samantha Doggett (Teacher, Serpell Primary School) “I have been working this term on the new program Bushwhacked! This has been a wonderful series that Grade 1 children have thoroughly enjoyed. This series would easily attract all primary school years from Foundation to Grade 6. They have gained...
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Bushwhacked! - Series 1 Study Guide

Bushwhacked! can be enjoyed by a wide range of age groups, from middle-primary to middle-secondary, and is a valuable resource for a large range of curriculum areas, including English, Science, The Arts (Media), Humanities (Geography) and the cross-curriculum priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures and Sustainability. Included in the Bushwhacked! - Series 1...
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Bushwhacked! - Series 2 Study Guide

In each episode of Bushwhacked! - Series 2 an important message about ecosystems is explored. The Bushwhacked! - Series 2 Study Guide harnesses those messages to inspire a greater awareness in students of Australia’s unique Indigenous people, their culture and their relationship with the land. The Bushwhacked! - Series 2 Study Guide highlights discussion topics and provides activities for...
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Bushwhacked! - Series 3 Study Guide

Bushwhacked! is a unique nature television program now in its third series. This highly acclaimed documentary series appeals to children and teenagers from 5 to 14 years old. Highly dramatic and exciting, it is an example of how well-researched locations, excellent scripts, very high production values, and fascinating Australian animals and issues can create not just entertainment, but a...
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Character, story and animated worlds in Li'l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers Webinar

To celebrate the ACTF’s 40th birthday and the Elvis: Direct from Graceland exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery, we looked back at one of Australia’s much loved children’s television programs, Li’l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers. How do creators use inspiration from popular culture to build stories and characters in animation? Learn this and much more as we speak to Li’l Elvis Jones...
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Comedy Scriptwriting Resource

The Comedy Scriptwriting Workshops for Year 5/6 students were delivered in partnership by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF). The workshops have been generously supported by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. This resource was developed for schools participating in our virtual workshops. It aims to...
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Crash Zone: Education Resources

This compiled PDF contains 7 teaching activities linked to the Crash Zone television series. Resource Description Students explore: the relationship between humans and cyborgs (human-like machines). What are the implications for ethics, politics and citizenship in contemporary societies. the construction processes through which televisual text communicates meaning, further developing their...
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Dance Academy - Arts Education

Dance Academy: Arts Education supports Middle Years educators with engaging classroom activities, designed to enhance students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of dance, as both an artist and audience. The website features video clips and production materials from the award-winning television series Dance Academy, stimulus for over 100 downloadable teaching activities that have been...
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Dogstar - Primary Teaching Kit

In the year 2347, on a voyage from Old Earth to New Earth, a freak accident causes the Dogstar; a giant space ark containing all of the world’s dogs, to become lost to mankind. This fascinating scenario sets the scene for the heroes of the story, the Clark kids, to find the Dogstar and return the dogs of Earth to their owners. Throughout this journey, they meet strange alien races, unusual...
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First Day (1995 Documentary) - Study Guide

The First Day Study Guide accompanies the First Day (DVD) program and presents an overview of the changes that children go through when they first attend school. It offers guidelines for teachers and parents to help them cope with the changes school life brings. First Dayis a documentary that follows the lives of 11 young Australians as they experience their first day at school. We follow the...
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First Day (1995) - Teaching Resource

First Day is a 75-minute documentary that follows the lives of 11 young Australians as they experience their first day at school. We follow the children and their families in the weeks leading up to the first day and observe the variety of ways in which family cultures and contexts affect the preparation of each child for school. When the first day arrives, we follow the children waking up,...
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First Day Teaching Toolkit

The First Day Teaching Toolkit is mapped to the Australian Curriculum. It explores themes relevant to the Year 6/7 transition, including values, identity, resilience, friendships, and inclusivity. First Day (2017) follows main character Hannah as she finishes primary school and begins her secondary schooling. Hannah experiences all the excitement and fear associated with this transition, but...
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First Day Teaching Toolkit (Series)

In First Day (Series), it is Hannah Bradford’s first year of high school. As a transgender girl, Hannah not only has to navigate the challenges that come with starting a new school, but also find the courage to live as her most authentic self. This resource will support Year 6 and 7 teachers and students to explore the themes in First Day, and help students to prepare for, process, and...
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First Day Webinar

In ACTF Education's First Day Q&A, students from across Australia met First Day writer / director Julie Kalceff, and lead actress Evie MacDonald. During the webinar, students learned more about this award-winning film, careers in the media, and the importance of diverse media representation. Teachers, download the free First Day Teaching Toolkit: https://actf.tv/FirstDayTT
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Genie from Down Under: Education Resources

This compiled PDF contains 19 teaching activities linked to the Genie from Down Under television series. Students explore: the comedy genre in TV programs the techniques for creating mood and atmosphere in filmed narratives compare how a comedy scene is portrayed in a tv program with how it is written in the tie-in book the use of exposition and the role of a narrator the notion of identity...
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Hardball Q&A Webinar

Australian primary students had the unique opportunity to be part of a live Q&A webinar with Hardball cast members: Semisi Cheekam (Mikey); Reannah Hamdan (Salwa); Logan Reberger (Jerry) and Erin Choy (Tiffany). Teachers, download the free Hardball Teaching Toolkit: https://actf.tv/HardballTT
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Hardball Teaching Toolkit

Set across the backdrop of colourful Western Sydney, Hardball traverses the highs and lows of pre-teen life. Themes of family, multiculturalism, and resilience – along with ethical dilemmas, Jerry’s healthy respect for mathematics, and the problematic use of ICT by almost everyone – makes Hardball the perfect children’s series to explore the General Capabilities through. The Hardball...
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Hoopla Doopla! Curriculum Resource

Lottie Dowling from the Asia Education Foundation introduces the engaging Hoopla Doopla! Curriculum Resource, and outlines it links to the Australian Curriculum.
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I Think: Education Resources

This compiled PDF contains 4 teaching activities linked to the I Think Teacher Resource. Students explore: the difference between emotions and feelings and discuss the relationship between the brain and emotions. the connections between brain, mind and personality. the differences between our perceptions of our bodies and brains. They discuss ‘memory’, the implications of losing one’s...
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Kaboodle - Teachers' Notes

Kaboodle is an anthology series of short stories designed to impart a love of storytelling and develop specific understandings about literature. Each episode includes both live action and animated stories, varying in length from a few minutes up to 24 minutes. Some stories are adaptations of popular children’s books. Many of the stories are suitable for early childhood. The associated free...
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Language of Belonging - Wadu Matyidi

The Language of Belonging website is an education resource based on the ground breaking Indigenous short animation Wadu Matyidi and the five accompanying behind the scenes mini documentaries. Designed specifically for Primary-aged students, this diverse learning program gives students the opportunity to explore the Adnyamathanha language, culture, stories and traditions, and develop their own...
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Legacy Of The Silver Shadow: Education Resources

This compiled PDF contains 6 teaching activities linked to the Legacy Of The Silver Shadow television series. Resource Description Students explore: how film and TV program makers use actors and various production techniques and effects to create believable characters and settings in order to tell stories. skeletons, in natural and built environments and study 2D and 3D shapes, nets,...
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Li'l Elvis Jones & The Truck Stoppers: Education Resources

This compiled PDF contains 10 teaching activities linked to the Li'l Elvis Jones & The Truck Stoppers television series. Students explore: aspects of the animation process and provide students with opportunities to investigate and extend their knowledge of animation using different animation techniques and compare the production processes and effectiveness of these techniques the concept of...
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Lift Off!: Education Resources

This compiled PDF contains 33 teaching activities linked to the Lift Off! television series. Students explore: positive and negative behaviours in their relationships with peers the concept of community short films of indigenous outback children engaging in everyday activities. They then discuss contrasts in lifestyles of rural and city children, and of indigenous and other cultures with...
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Little Lunch App

Designed to engage classrooms with student focused learning that integrates new technologies, the app supports students to create, deliver and share their own Little Lunch inspired episode, using their tablet device.In Stage 1, users are guided through a series of steps that help them establish their story - Who is your main character? Take a picture of them. Who stars in your film? Add their...
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Little Lunch App: A Teacher's Guide

The Little Lunch App: A Teacher's Guide resource provides teachers with a PDF version of the Little Lunch App: A Teachers Guide iOS multi-touch book and a PowerPoint of the included presentation.The guide is designed to support the integration of the Little Lunch App and original Little Lunch children’s television series into teaching and learning practices. The book guides users through...
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Little Lunch Cast Q&A Webinar – Australian Primary Schools

Mrs Gonsha (Heidi Arena), Debra-Jo (Faith Seci), Rory (Flynn Curry) and Tamara (Olivia Deeble) thrilled primary students from around Australia by participating in a live online webinar on March 24. Students got to quiz the cast on how they got into acting, what was involved in making Little Lunch, their favourite episodes, how the young cast balanced school work and acting, how they deal with...
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Lockie Leonard - For Teachers

Lockie Leonard for Teachers - www.lockieleonard.edu.au - is a multiliteracy resource aimed to help students in Upper Primary and Lower Secondary school explore the Lockie Leonard television series, based on the original trilogy of books by Western Australian writer Tim Winton. Adapted from the Lockie Leonard - Teaching & Learning DVD-ROM, this website is accessible with any Lockie Leonard –...
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Mortified - For Teachers

Mortified for Teachers - www.mortified.edu.au - is an online resource that accompanies the Mortified live action, children's comedy drama series which follows a young girl's journey towards self-acceptance. Adapted from the Mortified - Teaching & Learning DVD-ROM, this website features: A collection of video clips from the Mortified television series which explore the production, including its...
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Mustangs FC Q&A Webinar

In the Mustangs FC Q&A Webinar, Emmanuelle Mattana (Marnie), Ashleigh Marshall (Liv), Molly Broadstock (Bella) and Gemma Chua-Tran (Anusha) were quizzed by primary and secondary schools from Grade 5 to Year 10 on acting, gender stereotypes and women in sport.
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My Place - For Teachers

The My Place for Teachers website (www.myplace.edu.au) provides rich educational material to support primary and lower-secondary teachers using the My Place TV series in the classroom. Since 1988, thousands of Australian teachers have used the My Place book to support the teaching of Australian History and English. The My Place for Teachers website features teaching materials from both series...
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MY:24 - Study Guide: English

Providing teachers with strategies for the English classroom, this study guide uses selected episodes from MY:24 to explore the compelling and thoughtful themes of the series, and the art of creating a narrative. Using the MY:24 series as a stimulus to encourage students to observe the narrative, reflect on the story and themes in each episode, the teaching strategies in the guide support...
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MY:24 App - Introducing Students to Documentary Filmmaking

Moneth Montemayor, media teacher from Indooroopilly State High School in Brisbane, used the MY:24 App to introduce her students to the codes and conventions of the documentary genre. In this video, Montemayor and her students discuss using the app as a guided introduction to documentary filmmaking.
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Noah & Saskia: Education Resources

This compiled PDF contains 10 teaching activities linked to the Noah & Saskia television series. Students explore: what issues are important to them and how they can form positive relationships with others the concept of identity and the effects of interactions between family, friends and other people and the perceptions of others on the development of identity consider issues of friendship...
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Nowhere Boys - Study Kit: Episodes 7-13

The Nowhere Boys study guide has been written for upper primary and lower secondary students. It provides information and suggestions for learning activities in English. The tasks described in the Nowhere Boy study guide provide opportunities for students to complete a close analysis of the series and the key ideas and values on which it is based, and to engage in the processes of listening,...
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Paper Planes - Novel And Film Comparison

Through this unit of work, written by Wendy Bean, students examine the visual and printed texts of the Paper Planes (feature film and novel). The novel is based on the motion picture screenplay Paper Planes, and is written by Steve Worland. This unit of work explores a range of themes touched on in the novel and film including loss, relationships, connectedness, friendship, independence and...
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Paper Planes Q&A For Students

Director Robert Connolly and actors Ed Oxenbould and Peter Rowsthorn share their experience of making Paper Planes during this virtual excursion. The Q&A format provided students with an opportunity to ask their own questions about filmmaking - from the initial idea, to hiring of the cast and crew.
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Persuasive Language For Role Play

In newspapers, stories are usually 'anchored' by images and cartoons. Often the images act as a guide to the position that the newspaper has decided to take on the issue. In advertising, the combination of visual images and language is one of the most crucial elements. Editorials and sometimes letters to the editor are often matched with a cartoon. Print, television, billboard, and poster...
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Ready For This - Cast Q&A Webinar

Ready For This cast members Madeleine Madden (Zoe) and Aaron McGrath (Levi), along with Head Scriptwriter Liz Doran, provide a behind the scenes insight into the award-winning TV series, acting and the script-writing process.
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Ready for This - Study Guide

Ready for This is an aspirational teen drama series that highlights the challenges and adventures of six elite teens brought together in pursuit of their dreams.This study guide has been written to support the learning and teaching in a number of areas, including Health and Physical Education (Years 7-10), English (Year 10) and Media (Year 10). Civics and Citizenship is relevant...
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Rocky & Me Teaching Toolkit

Rocky & Me follows the story of Stella, an 11-year old girl living with cerebral palsy. When Stella gets her first wheelchair, she also gains independence and confidence. The Rocky & Me Teaching Toolkit will support Year 5 and 6 teachers and students to explore themes from the short film, with learning tasks related to disability, inclusivity, friendships, puberty, wellbeing and media...
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Round the Twist: Education Resources

This compiled PDF contains 40 teaching activities linked to the Round the Twist television series. Students explore: film as text, developing visual literacy, and exploring a range of social issues the concept of sub-plots, compare the book version of a story with the TV version, learn about point of view shots as a camera technique how film narratives may be derived from familiar fairy tales....
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Secondary English Teaching Resource

The Secondary English Teaching Resource highlights the need for students to think critically and become discerning consumers about multi-media texts. 21st century students are bombarded constantly with visual messages, complex instructions, technical specifications and graphic illustrations. They become overloaded with information and cannot discern the genuine and valid from the misleading...
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Sky Trackers: Education Resources

This compiled PDF contains 15 teaching activities linked to the Sky Trackers television series. Students explore: narrative devices used to tell stories on film. They identify how information is provided for the viewer, analyse the plotline, and discuss inductive and deductive reasoning how the development of character, conflict, and relationships is managed through the visual medium of...
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Songs Of Innocence - Teaching Resource

Songs of Innocence is a thought-provoking, 1 hour documentary that offers a child’s eye view of family life in today’s society. Thirteen children express their feelings about growing up in diverse family situations. The video and curriculum guide booklet are resources for teachers and students at senior secondary and tertiary level as well as professional and community groups. The...
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Spellbinder - Exploring Science Fiction And Fantasy

Spellbinder is a compelling science fiction (SF), fantasy drama series with particular appeal to Middle Years students, 5 to 8. A freak accident transports teenager Paul to parallel world, where the industrial revolution never happened. The series and the free educational resources can be used to explore the SF and fantasy genres and complex science and technology concepts.
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The Funny Ones Teaching Toolkit

In The Funny Ones, four girls with a passion for making people laugh are introduced to four of Australia’s funniest women. Together they turn ideas from their own lives into material for a show that has everyone in stitches. The discussion starters and learning tasks suggested in The Funny Ones Teaching Toolkit provide additional ideas for Years 3 – 6 students to engage with the film....
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The Girl From Tomorrow Education Resources

Curriculum activities based on The Girl From Tomorrow that focus on narrative structure, production elements and characters. Students also about different fiction genres in television, film and books, focusing on the codes and conventions of drama, science fiction and fantasy.
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The Inbestigators Q&A Webinar

In an ACTF Education webinar, inquisitive primary students from all over Australia had the chance to interview Anna Cooke, Abby Bergman, Aston Droomer, and Jamil Smyth-Secka – cast members from the popular children’s series The Inbestigators. Teachers, download The Inbestigators from the ACTF Education Shop: https://actf.tv/shop-IB
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The Inbestigators Teaching Toolkit

The mystery genre is so engaging partly because it positions readers as active participants in solving a crime. They put themselves in the detectives' shoes and collect clues alongside them, paying close attention to what the detective thinks, sees, does, and says. Learning tasks in this resource will help Year 3-6 students to better comprehend the mystery genre, teaching them to read and...
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The Legend of Burnout Barry Teaching Toolkit

In The Legend of Burnout Barry, teenage friends Wheely, Brent and Shay are tightly bound by their shared and insatiable appetite for adventure. But when Wheely's obsession with being the town record holder becomes more important than his friends, he risks losing more than just the title. The discussion starters and learning tasks outlined in The Legend of Burnout Barry Teaching Toolkit provide...
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The PM’s Daughter Teaching Toolkit (Years 5-8)

The PM’s Daughter is a 10-part live action series set in Canberra, the heartland of Australian politics, produced by Fremantle for the ABC. It tells the story of Catalina Parkes Pérez, a teenager who’s like any other, but with one difference: her mother is the new Prime Minister of Australia. The primary and lower secondary school teaching resource aligns with Civics and Citizenship for...
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The PM’s Daughter Teaching Toolkit (Years 7-10)

The PM’s Daughter is a 10-part live action series set in Canberra, the heartland of Australian politics, produced by Fremantle for the ABC. It tells the story of Catalina Parkes Pérez, a teenager who’s like any other, but with one difference: her mother is the new Prime Minister of Australia. The secondary school teaching toolkit is designed for Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS),...
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Touch The Sun Education Resources

Touch the Sun, the winner of an international Emmy Award, is a series of six telemovies of 95 minutes each. The telemovies feature mystery, comedy, pathos and fantasy; and encourage young viewers to explore issues such as growing up, being different, resolving conflict and fears, seeking identity and working out values. The Touch The Sun Education Resources provide seven learning activities...
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What's Fair?: Teaching Resource

What’s Fair? is a multimedia education resource that explores ethical issues with students aged 8-12. This anthology contains 13 digitised clips from the award winning ACTF series Round the Twist, Winners, Sky Trackers and Lift Off. The clips are rich and relevant contexts for inquiries about ethical behaviour involving young peoples’ relationships at home, at school and in the wider...
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Winners & More Winners Education Resources

The 20 compiled teaching activities are based each telemovie in the Winners & More Winners collection. These activities explore film language and issues to do with peer pressure, family ties, friendship, conflict, values, individuality and independence.
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Worst Best Friends Education Resources

In the 6 teaching activities students explore issues about friendship, family, civics & citizenship, conflict, identity, trust, rituals, bullying and loyalty.
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Worst Year Of My Life, Again! - Study Guide

The Worst Year of My Life, Again! Study Guide has been written for upper primary and lower secondary students. This resource provides interdisciplinary tasks that explore and evaluate a television series as well as providing a platform for students and teachers to explore and develop a range of elements from the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities. The Study Guide supports the vision...
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Woven Threads: Stories from Afar Teaching Toolkit

Woven Threads: Stories from Afar is an 8 x 4-minute series which presents varied refugee stories through beautiful and powerful animations. The emotive storytelling compels us to remember our shared humanity, and to identify with the universality of the refugee experience. The Woven Threads: Stories from Afar Teaching Toolkit aims to support teachers in exploring key themes from the series....
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