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ACSA Members click here to go to the Members Area and access the IDEAS resources.

IDEAS (Innovative and Dynamic Educational Activities for Schools) is a set of resources for Australian classrooms freely available to ACSA members as a benefit of membership. Each IDEAS resource features a curriculum context, a learning sequence and reproducible worksheet/s. A new IDEAS resource will be added to the website each month from February to November. These resources can be downloaded from the Members Area button on the ACSA homepage.

Sample IDEAS Resource

To view a sample of an IDEAS resource click here for:

Acknowledgement of Country
Level:
All Years
Curriculum Area: Cross-curriculum
This activity encourages students to develop a respect for, and understanding of, Indigenous protocols used in the community.

Latest IDEAS titles

Pollution: An environmental investigation
Level:
Years 3-6
Curriculum area: Science, Civics and citizenship education
General Capabilities: Information and communication technology (ICT) capability, Critical and creative thinking, Literacy, Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
The learning sequence in this resource encourages students to consider the impact of pollution on their local environment. Students will move from reflecting on the recent finding that Australia is "the seventh worst polluter on earth" to predicting ways that pollution may affect living things in their local environment.

Education: The dream of a Pakistani schoolgirl
Level: Years 5-10
Curriculum area: English, Civics and citizenship
General Capabilities: Literacy, Personal and social capability, Critical and creative thinking, Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priority: Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia
The activities in this education resource encourage students to explore the value placed on education by Malala Yousafzai in her campaign in support of education for girls in Pakistan. Students also have the opportunity to reflect on education in Australia from their perspective as learners.

Challenging Stereotypes
Level:
Years 9-10
Curriculum area: English, Civics and citizenship
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Literacy, Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priority: Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia
In a world where technology allows instant sharing of information and where many of us are 'time poor', stereotypes serve as a simple way to convey information about a group or concept. This learning sequence is designed to increase students' awareness of stereotypes and to enable them to be alert to the potential consequences of using stereotypes.

Place: How it Shapes our Lives
Level:
Year 7
Curriculum area: Geography, English
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy, Information and communication technology (ICT) capability, Intercultural understanding, Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
This learning sequence encourages students to consider the environmental and human qualities of 'place' and how these influence our lives. With reference to their own lives and the lives of subsistence farmers in Ethiopia, students will reflect on how people's reliance on place and environment influences their perception of them. The concept of 'waste' is used as a catalyst for students to explore the effect that the uneven distribution of resources has on the lives of people.

Rights, Freedoms, action!
Level:
Years 7-9
Curriculum area: Civics and citizenship, English
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Literacy, Intercultural understanding 
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability, Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia
This classroom resource focuses on how Australians can actively participate in their democracy. It uses the 2013 federal election as a lens through which students can identify features of Australia's democracy and the rights and freedoms of Australian citizens. Students reflect on whether citizens living in other countries with federal elections in 2013 might share similar expectations of their democracy.

Changes in our Community
Level:
Years 3-4
Curriculum area: Geography, English, Civics and citizenship
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy, Information and communication technology (ICT) capability, Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
Invite your students to get to know their community by exploring its past; the central concepts of this learning sequence are continuity and change. Students will explore what different types of sources reveal about the past as they learn about aspects of their community. The class will consider built and natural environments, education, work, transport, entertainment and daily life.

Dealing with Discrimination
Level:
Years 9 - 11
Curriculum area: English, Civics and citizenship, Legal studies
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Intercultural understanding, Ethical behaviour
In this learning sequence students explore incidents of racial abuse in the Australian community. They are challenged to consider the impact of discrimination at the personal, community and national level. A key learning activity for students is an online scenario developed by the Immigration Museum in Melbourne.

Beyond the Horizon
Level:
Senior primary
Curriculum area: English, Science, History
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy, Information and communication technology (ICT) capability, Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
This classroom resource encourages students to explore the concept of 'curiosity'. The activities include students investigating NASA's use of the robot Curiosity on Mars and contemplating ways their own curiosity may contribute to
society in the future.

A sunburnt country
Level:
Primary and Secondary
Curriculum area: Geography, English, Civics and citizenship
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capacity
In this classroom resource, students will explore the devastation Australian communities have suffered as a result of fires and floods during the summer of 2012-13. The learning sequence includes a reflection on the relationship between Australians and their landscape and a suggestion for a service learning activity.

Towards reconciliation
Level: Years 9-10
Curriculum area: English
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
This classroom resource focuses on the process of reconciliation in both South Africa and Australia.

Made for a purpose
Level:
Foundation to Year 6
Curriculum area: Technology, Civics and Citizenship, The Arts
General capabilities: Personal and social capability, Critical and creative thinking, Information and communication technology (ICT) capability
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
In this classroom resource, students design and make activities - both for themselves and
for older people. This learning sequence challenges young students to establish meaningful contacts in their own
community and to realise the goals of service learning

An Australian Voice
Level:
Senior primary
Curriculum area: English, History, Civics and Citizenship
General capabilities: Literacy, Personal and social capability, Critical and
creative thinking, Information and communication
technology (ICT) capability
In this classroom resource, students will consider the role of the media, and particularly the
ABC, in the Australian community. They will refl ect on changes in the Australian community
over the last 80 years to provide a historical context for their investigation.

Investigating human impact
Level:
Years 9-10
Curriculum area: Geography, Science, History, Civics and Citizenship
General capabilities: Personal and social capability, Critical and creative thinking, Information and communication technology (ICT) capability, Literacy, Ethical behaviour 
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
In this resource students work collaboratively as a class to conduct an investigation into a site within their community where there is environmental change as a result of human impact. After collating, analysing and sharing data, students may choose to contribute in some way to addressing the environmental problem.

Moments we remember
Level:
Foundation to Year 3
Curriulum area: History, English, Civics and Citizenship
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Literacy
In this classroom resource students explore personal and shared memories. The learning sequence allows students to reflect on the factors that shape memories, and to consider different ways of preserving memories.

GM: securing food for our future?
Level:
Years 8-10
Curriculum area: Geography, Science
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical behaviour,
Literacy
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
In this short classroom resource students explore some of the arguments put forward to
support and oppose the use of genetic modification (GM).

A priceless resource
Level:
Years 3-6
Curriculum Area: English, The Arts, Health and physical education, Civics and citizenship
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Information and communication technology (ICT) capability, Literacy, Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
This short learning sequence provides opportunities for students to explore the contributions made by volunteers in their community.

A good sport
Level:
Middle Years
Curriculum Area: Health and physical education, English, Civics and citizenship
General capabilities: Personal and social capability, Critical and creative thinking, Literacy, Ethical behaviour
In this classroom resource, students will explore the dynamics of sport at both the school
and professional level and articulate the values and characteristics of 'a good sport'.

Mawson
Level:
Year 6
Curriculum area: History, Science
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Ethical behaviour, Information and communication technology (ICT) competence
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
This classroom resource focuses on Australia's presence in Antarctica beginning with the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Douglas Mawson. Students will explore primary historical sources to refl ect on Mawson's traumatic experience during this expedition and they will also access blogs kept by contemporary Antarctic expeditioners.

Energy for the future
Level:
Years 9-10
Curriculum area: Geography, Science
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Information and communication technology (ICT) competence, Literacy, Ethical behaviour.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
In this resource students analyse plans for addressing Australia's high levels of carbon pollution and explore the challenge of sourcing energy for Australia's future. They investigate a range of 'clean' energy sources and consider the advantages and challenges associated with these.

A day for Australians
Level:
Primary
Curriculum area: History, English, Civics and citizenship education
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social
capability, Ethical behaviour, Intercultural understanding.
In this classroom resource, students will reflect on the reasons that Australia Day is celebrated.
Using the 2012 Australia Day Address as a source, students explore what Australia Day may
mean for different groups in the community. They also identify exemplars of what being
Australian means to them.

Crafting a message
Level:
Years 9-12
Curriculum Area: English, Civics and citizenship education, Values education
In this resource, students will analyse how language variation and organisation of a text can be used to achieve different purposes. The learning sequence uses a range of texts (including expository and persuasive texts) that explore the theme of asylum seekers and refugees.

Positive Steps
Level:
Years 3-6
Curriculum Area: Civics and citizenship education, Values education
This learning sequence aims to provide students with knowledge and skills that will promote personal resilience and deal with friendship problems in a positive way; making them better equipped to handle friendship difficulties when they occur.

Sourcing the past
Level:
Foundation to Year 3
Curriculum Area: History
This resource aims to foster interest in researching with primary sources, with a focus on the theme of transport.

Australian Flying Corps
Level:
Middle Years
Curriculum Area: History
In this short learning sequence, students explore the experiences of members of the Australian
Flying Corps during World War I.

A giant ripple
Level:
Middle Years
Curriculum Area: Geography
In this resource students explore the impact of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March 2011 and the ensuing problems with the Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant in Fukushima.

A Healthy Promotion
Level:
Middle Years
Curriculum Area: Health and Physical Education, English
In this resource students explore the challenges involved in conducting programs to promote healthy lifestyles in the community.

A century of change
Level:
Years 6-12
Curriculum area: History, Civics and citizenship education, Values education
This resource provides a learning sequence in which students will explore changes to the role and status of women in Australian society over the last 100 years.

Standing up to Bullying
Level:
Years 3-10
Curriculum area: Civics & Citizenship education, Values education
This resource provides a short learning sequence that focuses on the role of the bystander in a bullying incident.

Let the people speak
Level:
 Year 10
Curriculum area: History, Civics & Citizenship education
In this classroom resource, students will reflect on the recent popular uprising in Egypt to identify any elements that it had in common with other movements for civil rights and freedoms.

Responding to Natural Disasters
Level:
Years 5-10
Curriculum Areas: Geography, History, Civics and citizenship education, Values education
This resource provides a short learning sequence that focuses on the response by the Australian community to recent natural disasters.

Water: for all of us?
Level:
Upper Primary / Lower Secondary
Curriculum Areas: Environment, English (persuasive writing)
This resource encourages students to think about the competing demands for water in the dry continent of Australia, by exploring sources revealing the impact of drought on people and animals.

It's all in a name!
Level:
Middle/Upper Secondary
Curriculum Areas: Commerce/Business studies, Values education
In this resource students are challenged to think about why a person's name can influence their chances of success in a job selection process; and to explore the development of stereotypes based on ethnicity and gender.

Calligraphy and Islam
Level:
Upper/Middle secondary
Curriculum Area: Arts
This short learning sequence explores the tradition of calligraphy in the Muslim world and asks students to identify its role and purpose. Students reflect on the tradition from their own context and perspective.

A new preamble for the Australian Constitution?
Level:
10-12
Curriculum Area: History / Legal Studies
In this learning sequence students explore the role and function of the preamble in the Australian Constitution. They also consider what a new preamble might say, and identify values they would want to see included if a new preamble were to be developed.

Defending a nation
Level:
Middle Years
Curriculum Area: SOSE / Citizenship
This resource encourages students to explore attitudes towards the right of governments
to compel citizens to join the armed forces, and the responsibility of citizens to serve, in
times of conflict.

Developing cultural sensitivity in the classroom
Level: 5-10
Curriculum area: SOSE, Values Education
This resource provides a short learning sequence that focuses on developing cultural sensitivity and intercultural understanding.

A nation of many cultures
Level:
Middle years
Curriculum Area: SOSE / Values Education
This resource encourages students to explore attitudes towards different cultural groups in the Australian community.

Is it alright to steal if it makes you feel good?
Level:
Lower Primary
Curriculum Area: Cross-Curriculum
This resource will introduce young students to the philosophical skills of inquiry and
reasoning.

What was it like learning maths when you were at school?
Level:
Middle Years
Curriculum Area: Numeracy
This resource allows students to explore what their parents remember about their experience
of learning maths at school, and how maths is relevant to them in their lives now.

Who Cares?
Level: Middle Years
Curriculum Area: Cross-curriculum
This resource encourages students to critically analyse the way that values are embedded in
the images that surround us.

The IDEAS learning sequences reflect the principles of curriculum as defined in the ACSA Principles for Australian Curriculum. ACSA believes that curriculum should:

  • be of current and enduring personal and social value
  • be constructed from a balanced and explicit selection from key areas of human inquiry and endeavour
  • develop deep disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning
  • prepare people to be creative and effective life-long learners
  • provide people with the necessary knowledge, understandings, values and skills to be active, informed and productive citizens in a democratic society
  • encourage global perspectives and promote responsible, just and sustainable global citizenship
  • be inclusive in recognising and representing the cultural, political and economic contribution of the range of groups in the community
  • be based on cooperation and success for all learners
  • be responsive to the experience of learners
  • embody participatory, collective and empowering approaches to teaching and learning
  • engage people in authentic tasks.