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ANZAC Day

Teachers' Notes

This is a Ready-Ed Publications' book preview. • Ask the children what ANZAC stands for. (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.) They can record this on their sheets. • Ask them when ANZAC Day is. (25th April - first celebrated in 1916.) • Ask them who we remember on ANZAC Day. (Today we remember all soldiers who have fought in all wars. ANZAC day was first created to remember those who fought in World War I. Tell them that Australians and New Zealanders were sent to Gallipoli in 1915 to capture the Galliopli peninsula, an area almost completely surrounded by water, so that they could secure a point from which to capture Constantinople and knock the Turkish out of the war. They landed in Gallipoli on 25th April and fought the Ottoman Turkish army. The fighting lasted for eight months and over 8,000 Australians were killed.)

• Students can fill in the information on their activity sheets. • Discuss ANZAC day in your local area and ask the students to fill in the information.

Extension Activities: • Students could visit local ANZAC memorials and museums. • You could ask an ANZAC to come in and talk to the students. • Look at ANZAC artefacts, such as uniforms, badges, etc. and ask the students to tell you what these artefacts tell them about the past.

Useful Website:  www.anzacday.org.au/ interactives/childhood puzzles/ main.html This site has interactive ‘click and drag’ puzzles displaying images relating to ANZAC Day.

• Ask students to colour the Gallipoli peninsular marked on the map. Ask them to draw a red line between the Gallipoli peninsular and Constantinople so that they understand the aim of the ANZACS. They can shade the surrounding countries.

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