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Kit coverAn Education Kit for Grades 5 - 7

Activities for
Summary   KLAs
a Wall story Read texts, deconstruct, reconstruct text English SoSE
b Painting Discuss issues related to mass farming in commercial of crocs Visual Arts
Information sheet - Traditional Aboriginal stories
What you need
  Croc Dreaming Information Sheet (one per group)
  samples of Aboriginal art work
  art paper, oil based crayons
  Worksheet: Croc template (class set)
What you do

a) Wall story

  • Read the stories on the Croc Dreaming Information Sheet and discuss with students. Read other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander stories related to crocs (see Additional Resources - Bat and the Crocodile, The Dreamtime, Tjarany Roughtail, the Land and the Dreaming).
  • Brainstorm with students to list the sequence of events in a story and display in the classroom.
  • Ask students to group the events into 4 or 5 sections. You can refer back to the original text and locate key sentences which begin and end each group of events.
  • Ask students to select one section of the story to write about. Provide students with the key sentences that start and finish their section. Instruct students to fill in the story with their own words. Make sure students write only about the events in their own section. Allow students to illustrate their texts if they wish.
  • Display completed sections of the story in a wall story format as illustrated.

  • Ask students to read the story by selecting one piece from each section. In this way the same story can be read many times.

b) Painting

  • Look at several examples of different Aboriginal artworks such as x-ray styles, dot paintings, criss-cross styles, etc. Discuss the colours, patterns and materials used.
  • provide students with copies of Worksheet: Croc template, to trace lightly in pencil onto a large sheet of art paper. Alternatively students can sketch their own crocodile outline.
  • Ask students to create their own version of Aboriginal art using oil-based crayons to make the x-ray details or dots or cris-crosses. If students use the cross technique, make sure they use a pale back- ground first. Encourage students
    to make patterns and borders around their main design.


  • Display Aboriginal art in the classroom. Find examples that tell stories about other animals and ask students to research the stories behind each picture.
  • Invite an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person into your classroom to tell a story or to demonstrate some art techniques. You can contact resource people through your local ASSPA committee.

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