Education Resources

Wars, Conflicts and Peace Operations

Schooling, Service and the Great War

DVA Education Resource. Published March 2014
Secondary 

Schooling, Service and the Great War cover page

This educational resource investigates the diverse experiences of Australian school communities during the Great War. Each investigation uses primary and secondary sources to look at what students were learning about the British Empire, its Allies and enemies, the consequences on daily life at school, the values taught, the patriotic activities undertaken, the reasons why some students and teachers enlisted and responses to the loss or wounding of people from school communities.

Each investigation has ‘tuning in’ and ‘going further’ learning activities.
Additional sources on the CD-ROM are also provided below.

Introduction and Australian Curriculum links

CD-ROM Contents

 

Australian Light Horse – Palestine 1916-1918

DVA Education Resource. Published October 2013
Secondary

The Australian Light Horse – Palestine 1916-1918 activities booklet features a selection of inquiry-based activities to encourage student exploration of the commemorative publication Australians in World War I: Australian Light Horse – Palestine 1916-1918. Teachers using these materials are encouraged to select specific activities, parts of activities or the broad selection of primary and secondary materials within this learning resource to suit their own purposes.

Education Activities Booklet (PDF 4.0 MB) (Word 1.7 MB)
Australian Light Horse – Palestine 1916-1918 online publication.

 

North Africa and Syria

DVA Education Resource. Published June 2013
SecondaryNorth Africa and Syria publication cover

The North Africa and Syria Educational Activities booklet features a selection of inquiry-based activities to encourage student exploration of the commemorative publication Australians in World War II: North Africa and Syria. Teachers using these materials are encouraged to select specific activities, parts of activities or the broad selection of primary and secondary materials within this learning resource to suit their own purposes.

Education Activities booklet (PDF 2.5MB) (Word 8.45MB)
North Africa and Syria online publication (HTML)


 

Devotion front cover. A nurse holding a lantern takes the temperature of a patient in bedDevotion

DVA Education Resource. Published March 2013
Primary and Secondary

This education resource is the first book in the Century of Service series and is aimed at primary and lower secondary schools students. It explores the contribution and courage of Australian nurses in conflicts and peacekeeping operations from the Boer War to the present. Copies of this publication will be sent to all target groups. This publication will also be made available to other stakeholder groups and will be available for sale from the Australian War Memorial and the Shrine of Remembrance.

Download the full Devotion publication (PDF 37MB) (Word 28MB)

 

Indigenous Service

DVA Education Resource. Published March 2013
Primary and Secondary

Indigenous Service Secondary Resource Cover. Indigenous soldiers in uniformIndigenous Service Primary Resource Cover. Indigenous soldiers in uniform


This educational resource has been developed for primary and secondary schools in collaboration with the Shrine of Remembrance.  Two versions of this education resource have been developed to target primary and secondary schools. These resources acknowledge the service and sacrifice of Indigenous men and women from the First World War to the present and provide a social and political context of their service in the light of past racial discrimination. These publications will be welcomed as a learning resource in all Australian classrooms, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. The writers have drawn on well-known and well-documented stories from across the nation.

 

Download the Indigenous Service Primary publication (PDF 32MB) (Word 18MB)
Download the Indigenous Service Secondary publication (PDF 33MB) (Word 21MB) 

Bomber Command front cover. Bomber Command posing for photograph in uniformBomber Command

DVA Education Resource. Published September 2012
Secondary

The Bomber Command Educational Activities booklet features a selection of inquiry-based activities to encourage student exploration of the commemorative publication Australians in World War II: Bomber Command. Teachers using these materials are encouraged to select specific activities, parts of activities or the broad selection of primary and secondary materials within this learning resource to suit their own purposes.

Educational Activities booklet (PDF 4.7MB) (Word 12MB)
Bomber Command online publication (HTML)

Cover of the Gallipoli publication.Gallipoli

DVA Education Resource. Published May 2012
Secondary

The Gallipoli Educational Activities booklet features a brief introductory activity called ‘Getting Started’, followed by seven separate activities designed to encourage student interaction with the rich range of historical sources in the Australians in World War I: Gallipoli commemorative publication. Some activities utilise the videos and interviews on the Gallipoli iBook, which you can download for free on your iPad.

Educational Activities booklet (PDF 2.3 MB) (Word 290MB)
Gallipoli online publication (HTML)

Download the Gallipoli iBook here at iTunes!

Home Front cover image. A soldier in uniform standing with a womenHome Front

DVA Education Resource. Published March 2012
Secondary

This resource is aimed at secondary school students and contains over 20 pages of activities. The online materials draw on the rich collection of photos and the brief history provided in the Australians in World War I: Home Front commemorative publication, which was printed in early 2012 and is the fifth and final book in the series.

Educational Activities booklet (PDF 4.97MB) (RTF 66.1MB)
Home Front online publication (HTML)

Kokoda cover image. Exploring the Second World War campaign in Papua New GuineaKokoda: Exploring the Second World War campaign in Papua New Guinea

DVA Education Resource. Published March 2012
Secondary

This resource has been developed to mark the 70th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign. The book contains 12 units of teaching and learning activities for secondary school students. Through this resource, students can learn about the significance and strategic importance of Kokoda, fighting and living conditions, casualties, personal experiences of Australian and Japanese soldiers, General Blamey’s ‘Rabbit Speech’ and modern day pilgrimages to the site. The book includes a DVD, CD ROM and posters providing additional background information and learning activities.

Download the full Kokoda resource (PDF 23MB) (Word 45.5MB)
Download the Kokoda CD ROM (ZIP 107MB)

Or download the resource in three parts:
Download pp. 1-40 (PDF 6.2MB)
Download pp. 41-90 (PDF 9.8MB)
Download pp. 91-128 (PDF 6.8MB)

Contents of Resource

  • Using the publication in the classroom, pp. 3-4
  • Recommended publications for teachers, pp. 5
  • Glossary of terminology, pp. 6-8
  • Unit 1: About the Kokoda Track: 1942 and Today, pp. 9-18
  • Unit 2: The War in Papua: The Strategic Context, pp. 19-26
  • Unit 3: Four Peoples at War, pp. 27-40
  • Unit 4: Jungle Warfare, pp. 41-48
  • Unit 5: A Fighting Retreat, pp. 49-58
  • Unit 6: Into the Mountains, pp. 59-68
  • Unit 7: Milne Bay, pp. 69-78
  • Unit 8: The Tide Turns, pp. 79-90
  • Unit 9: The Japanese Besieged–The Battle of the Beachheads: Buna, Gona, Sanananda, pp. 91-98
  • Unit 10: Casualties, pp. 99-108
  • Unit 11: Kokoda Veterans’ Accounts, pp. 109-116
  • Unit 12: Commemoration and the Modern Pilgrimage, pp. 117-125

Posters and Activities

Further information and activities are available on the CD ROM. Download Kokoda CD ROM (ZIP 107MB)

Greece and Crete cover image. A brenda gun crew of HMAS Perth.Greece and Crete

Secondary

DVA Education Resource. Published October 2011

The Greece and Crete Educational Activities booklet complements the Greece and Crete, Australians in WWII publication. It contains a range of classroom activities for secondary school students designed to encourage engagement with the text and the rich range of historical sources incorporated in the publication. The resource focuses on five different themes: The Greece and Crete campaign, Leadership, Courage, Retreat and Defeat, and The Legacy of War.

AFC cover image. Captain Harry Cobby DSO DFC.Australian Flying Corps

DVA Education Resource. Published March 2011
Secondary

The Australian Flying Corps Educational Activities booklet is aimed towards secondary students. It is designed to complement the Australian Flying Corps publication which provides a brief history of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC), in particular their involvement during World War I. The publication includes more than 100 images and photographs that captures the history of the forerunner to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Forever YoursCover image of the "Forever yours" publication

DVA Education Resource. Published March 2011
Primary

This publication is designed for upper primary and secondary students. It contains a collection of stories about love in wartime using mementos, letters and photographs which explore the notions of love and friendship during wartime. These stories complement the teaching activities found in the Teachers’ Guidebook : We’ll meet again for secondary students.

Purchase the Forever Yours guidebook | Download the Forever Yours guidebook below

Contents

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  • Introduction for teachers, p.1-3
  • Remember me, p.4-9
  • A mother’s love, p.10-13
  • Lost for 90 years, p.14-19
  • A tale of two Kylies, p.20-23 
  • Tasmania mourns loss…, p.24-25
  • For the love of God, p.26-31
  • Devotion to duty, p.32-35
  • A foreign affair, p.36-39
  • My cheer-up girl, p.40-43
  • A new life abroad, p.44-47
  • Where did it happen?, Timeline and Glossary, p.48-53
  • Bibliography and Index, p.54-56

We'll meet again"We'll meet again" publication cover

DVA Education Resource. Published March 2011
Primary and Secondary

This education resource provides teachers and students with learning activities and information on love and friendship experienced during times of conflict. This teachers’ guidebook provides classroom ready activities which encourage senior students to analyse and develop historical literacy skills through inquiry learning on the theme relationships forged, lost or found in wartime. The learning activities link to the Australian English and History Curriculum.

Purchase the We'll meet again guidebook | Download the We'll meet again guidebook below

Contents

Download the full We'll meet again publication 
PDF version of the full publication (20.4 MB) | HTML version of the full publication

  • Introduction for teachers, p. 0-6
  • First Glance, p. 7-56
  • Separation, p. 57-82
  • Beyond the battlefield, p. 83-10
  • Depth study worksheet, p. 110-111
  • References and bibliography, p. 11

Investigating Gallipoli

DVA Education Resource. Published March 2010
Primary

Small image of the cover of Investigating Gallipoli book

This education resource is designed for primary students in years 4-6, and focuses on the campaign and the experiences of the Anzacs at Gallipoli in 1915. Students use collected evidence to create their own storybook, covering the main features of the campaign, the experiences of soldiers and nurses involved, and the ways in which Gallipoli has been, and continues to be, commemorated in Australia.

The published resource includes a copy of the ABC website Gallipoli, The First Day and a DVD Video containing a documentary on Gallipoli: Australians at War Episode Two.

Purchase the Investigating Gallipoli guidebook | Download the Investigating Gallipoli guidebook below

Contents

Download the Investigating Gallipoli publication
PDF version of the full publication 

Gallipoli and the Anzacs

DVA Education Resource. Published March 2010
Secondary

Small image of the cover of Gallipoli and the Anzacs publication

This education resource provides teachers and students with learning activities and information on the experiences of the Anzacs at Gallipoli in 1915, contextualising the involvement of the Turkish, British, French and other Allied forces in the campaign. The resource aids students in discovering the main features of the campaign, including the landings of the Anzacs; the stories of soldiers and nurses involved; the roles of other allied nations; the experiences of families waiting at home; the evacuation; and the reasons why Gallipoli has been and continues to be commemorated as an event of national significance for Australians.

The published resource includes a copy of the ABC website Gallipoli, The First Day and a DVD Video containing two documentary films, Australians at War Episode Two and Revealing Gallipoli.

Purchase the Gallipoli and the Anzacs guidebook | Download the Gallipoli and the Anzacs guidebook below

Contents

Download the Gallipoli and the Anzacs publication
PDF version of the full publication 

Australian Prisoners of War

DVA Education Resource. Published March 2009
Secondary

Small image of the cover of Australian Prisoners of War

This educational resource provides teachers and students with activities to investigate Australian Prisoners of War using the stories from the Australians at War Film Archive. The resource provides historical background about Australian prisoners of war since the Boer War and uses the personal stories of veterans and civilian POWs from the Second World War and the Korean War.

Purchase the Australian Prisoners of War guidebook | Download the Australian Prisoners of War guidebook below

Contents

Download the Australian Prisoners of War publication
PDF version of the full publication

M is for Mates- Animals in Wartime from Ajax to Zep

DVA and AWM Education book. Published March 2009
Primary

Image of the cover of M is for Mates

This education resource is designed for primary students and is an alphabetic book about the contribution made by animals in wartime and peace operations.

Download the PDF version of the  M is for Mates- Animals in Wartime from Ajax to Zep guidebook

Please note: Due to the big file size the download of the publication may take some time.

M is for Mates shortlisted for Children’s Literature Awards

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ publication M is for Mates - Animals in Wartime from Ajax to Zep was shortlisted for the 2010 Children’s Literature Book of the Year Awards by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

M is for Mates was also nominated for the Eve Pownall Information Book of the Year 2010 – for information books suitable for children up to the age of eighteen years.

The publication was produced collaboratively with the Australian War Memorial. In March 2009, the Department to every primary school in Australia. Additional copies can be purchased from the Australian War Memorial on (02) 6243 4578 or online at www.awm.gov.au/shop.

For further enquiries contact your state or territory commemorations officer by e-mailing commemorations@dva.gov.au or phoning 133 254.

Australian Women in War Image of the book cover of Australian Women at War

DVA Education Resource. Published March 2008
Primary and Secondary

Purchase the Australian Women in War guidebook | Download the Australian Women in War guidebook below

This educational resource provides teachers and students with self-contained classroom ready activities and teaching strategies to investigate the roles and experiences of Australian women during more than a century of wars, conflicts and peace operations. It highlights the roles of wimen since 1899 in the services and their home front experiences. The resource includes an introductory DVD and a CD ROM with ten interactive classroom activities.

Follow the links below to view each unit of the publication (PDF files).

Chapters

Australia and the Vietnam War Australia and the Vietnam War

DVA Resource Kit. Published 2007
Primary and Secondary

Guidebook

Students can learn about the experiences of Australians and the Vietnam War from 1962 to 1973, through images, film, classroom and interactive activities.
Follow the links below to view each chapter of the publication (PDF files).

Chapters

Cover of the printed publication

Australians on the Western Front

Primary and Secondary

DVA Resource Kit. Published 2006 

This resource offers a range of teaching activities to enable exploration of the Australian experience on the Western Front. The activities incorporate a rich selection of written and illustrated primary sources.

View the full Australians on the Western Front publication online and download the accompanying CD Rom.

 

Operation CLICK - Anzac to Kokoda

DVA Resource Kit. This link will open in a new windowPublished 2005
Upper Primary, Lower and Middle Secondary

Guidebook - buy | CD Rom
Websites: Operation CLICK ; Visit Gallipoli ; Australia's War
Investigating Australia's wartime history with the websites Visit Gallipoli and Australia's War contains a range of teaching and learning activities aimed at upper primary and lower and middle secondary students. The activities relate to 10 topics which explore Australians’ experiences in World Wars I and II. The accompanying CD-ROM contains reproducible worksheets and relevant sections of the websites.

Includes a range of teaching and learning activities
WWI - WWII
Anzac Day - Remembrance Day

Australians at War

DVA Resource Kit. Published 2002
Primary and Secondary

Australians At War

Guidebook | Video | DVD 
Website: www.australiansatwar.gov.au/education
Dedicated to Australians who served their country over the past 100 years. This Primary and Secondary resource complements the Australians at War television documentary series, first screened in 2001. It covers the experience of Australians in wars, conflicts and peace operations from the Boer War to 2000 and includes a teachers’ guidebook and compilation video of highlights from the series

Activities include: Boer War - WWI - WWII - Korean War - Malayan Emergency - Vietnam War - Indonesian Confrontation - East Timor - Peacekeeping

Defence of Australia Defence of Australia

DVA Resource Kit. Published 2002
Upper Primary and Lower Secondary 

Guidebook | Video
Studies the period 1939-1945 especially the events of 1942, including the fall of Singapore, the bombing of Darwin and other Australian towns, the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour and the Kokoda Track campaign. The resource includes a teachers’ guide with classroom activities, a video and posters.

Activities & posters include: WWII

 

Working the Web: Investigating Australia's wartime history

DVA Resource Kit. Published 2004
Upper Primary and Secondary

Working the Web

Guidebook - buy | Websites | PDFs (below)
Designed to inform teachers and their students of the wartime history resources available on the websites of the agencies of DVA portfolio. The 10 investigative chapters examine significant themes in Australia’s Wartime history, peacekeeping roles, remembrance and commemoration and include links to the relevant websites.

About this book; Contents; State & Territory curriculum links
Teachers Guide (PDF 470 KB)

Investigations

  1. Lest We Forget (PDF 313KB)
  2. For Kith and Kin: The impact of war on Australian families (PDF 332KB)
  3. Lives Shaped by War (PDF 317KB)
  4. Means to an End: Science and Technology in Australia's wartime experiences (PDF 385KB)
  5. Women at War: The changing role of women in times of conflict (PDF 553KB)
  6. Recording Australia's War Experiences (PDF 577KB)
  7. When Cold Wars Become Hot: Australia in Asia after 1945 (PDF 279KB)
  8. Keeping the Peace: Australians' experiences of peacekeeping (PDF 313KB)
  9. Australia under Threat: The defence of Australia 1942-43 (PDF 306KB)
  10. Australians' Wartime Experiences: Prisoners of war (PDF 306KB)

Activities include: WWI - WWII - Korean War - Malayan Emergency - Vietnam War - Indonesian Confrontation - Peacekeeping
Anzac Day - Remembrance Day

Memorial Box - Australian War MemorialMemorials Boxes

Outreach resource
Primary and Secondary 

For more information: www.awm.gov.au/education/box
Authentic and replica artefacts that students can handle! There are boxes for World War I, the Red Cross Society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Defence Force, World War II, Women and Children during World War II and the War in the Pacific, 1942.

Includes photos, case studies, uniforms, equipment, models, videos & CDs
WWI - WWII
Anzac Day - Remembrance Day

Commemoration

Their Spirit, Our History

DVA & AWM Resource.
Published 2007 Primary and Secondary

Their Spirit, Our History

Guidebook | PDF (5.1 MB)
Discover and imagine, through letters, journals, newspaper clippings and telegrams, what life was like for Australians during WorldWarI. Learn about the origin and historical significance of Anzac Day through research-based activities. Find out tips on how to plan and conduct your own commemorative ceremony.

Activities include: WWI - WWII - Korean War - Malayan Emergency - Vietnam War - Indonesian Confrontation - First Gulf War - War on Terror - Second Gulf War - Peacekeeping
Anzac Day

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Our Past – Our Future: Commemorating Remembrance Day

DVA PDF File.Published 2003
Primary and Secondary

Our Past Our Future

PDF (1.5 MB)
Offers teachers and students information and activities about Remembrance Day and commemoration.

Activities include: Remembrance Day

 

 

We Remember

DVA Resource Kit. Published 2001
Lower Primary

We Remember

Big Book - buy | PDF (1.4 MB)
A Big Book written specifically for the lower primary school audience. The book addresses the themes of remembrance and commemoration through the story of Charlie Cooper, a boy who lives in a rural township and discovers his family’s wartime history. Includes teaching notes and class activities.

Activities include: Boer War - WWI - WWII - Korean War - Malayan Emergency - Vietnam War - Indonesian Confrontation - Gulf War - East Timor - Peacekeeping
Anzac Day - Remembrance Day

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