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Australia and Timor-Leste – Place and culture

The WithOnePlanet Culture unit introduces Australian students to the culture and way of life in Timor Leste. This includes stories and activities about a typical day in the life of a Timorese child, games that children play, food and examples of cultural beliefs and myths.

Australia and Timor Leste are close neighbours that have a long, intertwined history. Now, more than ever, schools and young people in Australia are wanting to learn about and visit Timor Leste. The WithOnePlanet culture units aim to facilitate classroom learning about Timor Leste with useful and informative resources for teachers. For Years 5 to 6, 7 to 8 and 9 to 10, resources are provided in the form of whole-term units, consisting of 9 lessons. For the Years Foundation, 1 to 2 and 3 to 4, the resources consist of stand-alone lessons. Each lesson contains a children’s book about Timor Leste, teacher notes with background information and discussion topics, and a set of age appropriate activities designed for Years Foundation, 1 to 2, and 3 to 4.

The activities for each Year level consist of cloze activities, matching and ordering activities, word-finders, crosswords, finish-the-sentence activities and art activities, among other things. These activities will be added to over time, and we welcome input and additional activities from teachers.

The digital versions of these resources are designed for use with Adobe Acrobat Reader and are set up to enable you to be able to enter and save your answers within each document on your desktop. Adobe Acrobat Reader is free and can be downloaded here.



Lesson 1:
How are we changing our planet?

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Lesson 2:
The big question about climate and culture

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Lesson 3:
Timor Leste, one of our closest neighbours

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Lesson 4:
Create an video – our cultural stories

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Lesson 5:
The ‘third world’, colonialism and aid

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Lesson 6:
Making a positive sustainable difference

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Lesson 7:
A focus on coffee

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Lesson 8:
Review of place, climate and culture

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Your future

Lesson 9:
Where to next?

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