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  • Buddhist Monks

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    Some people in our community wear uniforms.​ They do this​ for​ various​ reasons.​ It​ could​ be​ to​ identify​ who​ they​ are​ or​ it​ could​ be​ to​ help​ them​ complete​ their​ job.​​ In​ South​-East​ Asia,​ Theravada​ Buddhist​ monks​ and​ nuns​ wear​ saffron​ coloured​ robes.​ The​ traditional​ uniform​ of​ a​ Buddhist​ monk​ or​ nun​ is​ a​ saffron​ coloured​ robe,​ no​ shoes​ and​ shaved​ head.​ The​ uniform​ identifies​ the​ person​ a​s​ a​ monk/nun​ and​ represents​ what​ they​ believe​ in​ which​ is​ simplicity​ and​ detachment​ of​ materialism.​

    This unit is part of Trio’s Cultural Perspectives lesson series. It consists of a single lesson suitable for early to lower primary grades and is particularly supportive for EAL students. The lesson can be taught in isolation or provide a cultural perspective when completing units on South-East Asia, role of religion and religious people in our society, Buddhism, colours as symbolism  and uniforms. All resources (lesson plan, online link and photographs) are included.

  • Buying petrol

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    Cambodia, officially called the Kingdom of Cambodia, is situated in South East Asia and has a population of around 15 million people. The majority of these people live in the countryside. ‘Filling up’ in the countryside is far different from buying petrol at the service station. Motos pull to the side of the dusty, pot -holed roads to the roadside stall selling petrol. Here they purchase a recycled bottle filled with fuel. The average purchase is one litre. Fill, pay and leave in under 5 minutes!  This unit is part of Trio’s Cultural Perspectives lesson series. It consists of two lessons, which are suitable for lower and upper primary grades and are particularly supportive for EAL students. The lessons can be taught in isolation or provide a cultural perspective when completing units on Asian countries e.g. Cambodia, fuel use in Asian countries, transport and the environmental footprint.

  • Chinese New Year

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    This unit is part of TRIO’s Cultural Perspectives lesson series.It consists of three lessons which are suitable for all grades, Kinder-grade 6. The lessons look at the lion and dragon dances which are significant aspects of the celebration of the Chinese New Year. The unit contains links to online resources and photos you can use to teach these lessons.

  • Cultural celebrations

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    These cultural celebration dates are based on the terms and weeks listed in the NSW school calendar. Teachers can take the opportunity to add any cultural dates related to the students in their class. This information enables teachers to differentiate the program – ensuring  lessons are specifically suited to the class.

  • Incense in temples

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    Rituals are often culturally based rather than being purely religious. In Vietnam, the religious practice of farewelling the dead and the cultural practice of using incense to purify the air of ‘evil spirits’ is combined in the ritual of burning bell incense with a votive on it. Incense is used constantly in Vietnamese Temples and awakes all the senses. This unit is part of Trio’s Cultural Perspectives lesson series. It consists of three lessons which are suitable for lower and upper primary grades and are particularly supportive for EAL students. All resources (lesson plans, online links, four photographs and worksheets) are included.

  • Korean First Birthday

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    In many cultures birthdays are a time to celebrate! In Korean culture, the most important birthday to celebrate is the first birthday.

    In ancient times Korea had high infant mortality rates due to poor hygiene and lack of medicinal knowledge. An infant living to the age of one was something to be celebrated. The celebration of the First Birthday is an ancient tradition.

    All resources are included which means you just download and teach.

     

    The celebration is called Doljanchi (doll- jan –chee).

    This unit is part of Trio’s Cultural Perspectives lesson series. It consists of two lessons, which are suitable for all primary grades and are particularly supportive for EAL students.

     

     

  • Mashrabiya

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    Mashrabiya is a window enclosed with carved wood latticework. The latticework screens are commonly found in Middle Eastern countries, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and India. Mashrabiya were traditionally used in homes and palaces. In palaces it was used in some internal windows as a privacy screen. It allowed woman to be hidden from the men yet be able to hear and see the comings and goings of people in the palace. This unit is part of Trio’s Cultural Perspectives lesson series. It consists of four lessons, which are suitable for lower and upper primary grades and are particularly supportive for EAL students. The lessons can be taught in isolation or provide a cultural perspective when completing units on the Middle East, India, Morocco, Egypt, Persia, hot dry climates, architecture, privacy  or sustainable cooling techniques. All resources (lesson plans, online links, photographs and worksheets) are included.

  • Moon festival

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    The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival is a Chinese celebration which traditionally marks the end of the harvest season. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Lunar calendar each year and is the second largest Chinese celebration after Chinese New Year. In addition to China, the Moon Festival is celebrated by Chinese communities around the world. South-East Asian countries such as Vietnam, Singapore, Laos and Malaysia have very large Chinese communities. This set of three lessons looks at aspects of the Moon Festival and is suitable for K-6.