Resources Humanities & Social Sciences

Last updated 31 May, 2020. See the latest entry.

Civics and Citizenship

Teaching the Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum
Presented by the Australian Government Parliamentary Education Office

The Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) provides parliamentary education programs and information resources to schools, teachers and students. Through relevant programs and resources, the PEO enables Australians to better understand the role, function and value of the Australian Parliament, and actively engage with it. The PEO produces information that is current, accurate and impartial.

Kidsview is a collection of animations and interactives which make learning about parliament fun and accessible.

A free literacy resource for teachers using news stories. Includes tasks and activities.

Behind the News [BTN]
Presented by the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) BTN presents an analysis of current news to help students understand the news in a simple way. The site holds archives, quizzes, notes for teachers and more.

Economics and Business

MoneySmart Teaching Resources
ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching offers primary and secondary resources fully aligned to the Australian Curriculum. Using money and finances as an engaging context for learning, teachers provide their students with authentic learning experiences across all subject areas.

Run That Town
Produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics this iPad app uses real Census data to discover who’s who in your area, and make decisions that will sway popular opinion in your favour. Choose from hundreds of projects for your town – from the practical to the preposterous. The management of the projects involves financial decisions which help students understand types of resources (natural, human, capital) and the ways societies use them in order to satisfy the needs and wants of present and future generations

Geography (including HAAS)

Ten Ways to Use Google Earth in Your Classroom – It’s Not Just for Social Studies

While it is a fantastic tool for social studies lessons, it can also be used in science, math, and language arts.


Australian Dictionary of Biography
This is Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography. In it you will find concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of the lives of significant and representative persons in Australian history.

Bringing Australia's Defence history to life
RSL Education provides free resources to help plan lessons, engage students and link classroom activities with the experience of the thousands of veterans.

***New*** The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources and Online Collections
The COVID-19 Pandemic spurred the rapid expansion of e-learning and online resources. Find portals, virtual tours, online exhibits, cultural collections and more here.

Indigenous Culture

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Discover Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture. There are features on Aboriginal languages, National Sorry Day, Dreamtime, Indigenous art, Vincent Lingiari and much more. Supports the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history as part of the Australian curriculum.

Six books to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history
... and raise awareness about the issues faced today by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This site provides three books for primary students and three books for secondary students, each with resources to help you teach them to your classes.

Common Ground
Founded by Rona Glynn-McDonald, a Kaytetye woman who grew up in Alice Springs, Common Ground shares authentic content about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and lived experiences. 

The Orb
Supported by the Tasmanian Government, this site focuses on exploring Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage. It has a growing collection of classroom resources to support teachers looking to integrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority with other areas of the curriculum.

Little J and Big Cuz
A modern inclusive animation, showing how the characters interact with their friends, school and the role history and culture play in their daily lives.  Presents a series of videos and some interactive activities.

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