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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 1
  2. Human Society and Its Environment
  3. Activities
  4. Special Days and Events People Celebrate
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Special Days and Events People Celebrate

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End of Stage 1 (end of Year 2)
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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Change and Continuity, Cultures

Description of activity

Students draw a picture of themselves participating in a family celebration. They label different aspects of the drawing, indicating the traditions, symbols, and practices that are linked to the celebration.

  1. Students choose a celebration that is special to their family.
  2. They draw a picture of themselves participating in a family celebration.
  3. They label different parts of the drawings.
  4. They include symbols, clothing, food, special behaviours, religious messages or music used.
  5. Students explain the special event or celebration and why they celebrate it.

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Prior learning

At home, students brainstormed the various celebrations observed in their families. These results were then recorded on a retrieval chart during a class discussion. Types of celebrations were initially classified as either cultural, religious, national, community or family. As an introduction to this lesson, the students studied a photograph of a family birthday party. They discussed the various symbols, customs, food and clothing seen in the photograph. Students have investigated similar events that their family members have attended.

Board of Studies, HSIE K–6 Units of Work, pp 51–54


Significant Events and People (CCS1.1)
Communicates the importance of past and present people, days and events in their life, in the lives of family and community members and in other communities.
Identities (CUS1.3)
Identifies customs, practices, symbols, languages and traditions of their family and other families.
Cultural Diversity (CUS1.4)
Describes the cultural, linguistic and religious practices of their family, their community and other communities.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • recount important family and community celebrations, traditions and practices
  • identify some specific identifying features, customs, practices, symbols, religion, language and traditions associated with a celebration.
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