Exploring Our World: People, Places, and Cultures

Chapter 29: History and Cultures of Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica

Web Activity Lesson Plans

In this chapter, students learned about the history and cultures of Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica. The indigenous people of Australia are the Aborigines. The Aborigines have maintained, at least in part, their distinct language and cultural and social organization. Students will analyze information about the way of life of the Aborigines and explore ways they have protected their cultural heritage.

Lesson Description
Students will visit a Web site that presents information about the indigenous people of Australia. They will locate information about Aboriginal languages, culture, and how the Aborigines adapted to their environment. This lesson will help students understand the cultural heritage of the Aborigines.

Instructional Objectives

  1. The student will be able to recognize the basic components of culture.
  2. The student will be able to explain how language and traditions contribute to the development of a culture.
  3. The student will make inferences and draw conclusions from information sources.

Student Web Answer Activities

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  2. Early Aborigines hunted and gathered as a way of life. They were nomads, moving from place to place in search of food.
  3. Much of their history is oral history, passed from one generation to the next.
  4. They teach the young people their lore, rituals, and languages and protect important objects and sites.
  5. They have been able to adjust and change over time. They have been able to adapt to their environment.

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