Geography, Economics, SOSE, Aboriginal studies,Philosophy, Studies of Religion, Religion, Tehtics Social and Community studies

ABC Splash - Vidoes, games, digibooks, audio and many other resources suitable for junior secondary Geography:

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  • This is a wiki website that provides the opportunity to edit and post important buildings of interest to anyone. It is a great example of how wiki's an be used in an educational sense and provides links to architects that have produced such buildings.

Classrooms for the future: Social Studies wiki.

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  • This is another wiki website that can provide teachers with valuable tools in regards to other websites and information that can be used in planning lessons. It also has links to online quizzes that can be used in the classroom.

Aboriginal Studies Webquest.Retrieved August 12, 2011, From
  • This website is useful for teachers as it has lessons that are already planned out. The site also has many different resources that can be used so that the students can gain extra insight into the subject matter.

Aboriginal History:

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  • This website provides many links to published journals that can be accessed by students when undertaking Aboriginal Studies units. These journals are most likely best used for students in grades 10 and above as they require some reading and greater critical thinking skills.

Aboriginal Culture:

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  • The website is very useful when it comes to understanding the Aboriginal culture.It provides much information for students and teachers to use when they are to undertake lessons in which Aboriginals are discussed in a historical sense. It will create many discussion points on the Aboriginal way of life and the make up of their social order.

Natural Disaster and Climate Change Websites:


This website is provided by google maps. It is useful in the exploration of natural disasters around the world. It pinpoints the areas around the world that have been affected by an earthquake in the last week and uses colour coding to list the magnitude. The links below the map take students to corresponding news reports about the earthquake.

Natural Hazards: This website, provided by NASA provides information on any natural hazards that have occured around the world including fires, storms, floods, droughts, earthquakes and more. Students can choose the month and year of interest and the interactive map will pinpoint where and what the hazard was. Satellite images are provided from outerspace.

Climate Change Stories and Case Studies:

Global Volcanism Program:
  • Providing an opportunity to search weekly and monthly volcano eruptions, this very detailed website enables you to search specific eruptions via a mapping site using layers such as plate tectonics and associated volcanic hazards.
Teaching Students about Economics
  • United Nations Development Programme, (2011), Human Development Reports, Retrieved 1 August 2011 from
  • This website is ideal when teaching economic students about human development and the economic effects on humanity. It is an extremely interactive site, offering up-to-date data on almost every country in the world. The site contains: Country Profiles, Public Data Explorer, Map of Human Development Statistics (this is a great lesson if students have access to a computer: deligate a country to each student and instruct them to obtain their country's GDP, Inflation Rate, and Human Development Indicator; then compare this data to Australia), Regional and National Trends, Indices and Data, Media catalogues.

Biz/EdThis site in not only useful within the business teaching area but also in economics. It provides numerous articles, journals, and databases full of useful information and resources for teaching the concepts of economics. The site's 'search' bar is extremely useful in locating direct information. This UK-based website also offers lesson activities and instructions for students to teach economics.

Greatest Places:

Royal Ontario Museum:

  • This website is made up of information about ancient Egypt and features online activities that the students can participate in. It is generally used for students in the primary system but still offers some key information for middle years SOSE teachers.
Aussie Educator:

  • This is a website that provides resources for social sciences as a teacher. It covers all year levels so this provides much information that can be used in the classroom.
Geography And Us:

  • This is a Geographical site which incorporates wikis into Geography, allowing anyone to give their personal insight on Global circumstances around the world. GeographyAndUs would be a very educative site to implement into high schools.

Population and the Environment:

  • Published by the Australian Academy of Science, this website educates the students knowledge of the Population Growth and Environmental Problems nationally and around the globe, aiding in a better understanding for the future sustainability of our world.

The Internet Geography:

  • This is a website developed in the UK providing links on a number of Geography topics -'Human Geography', 'Physical Geography' or 'Global Environments'. Internet Geographer allows middle year students to understand the more specific impacts and effects on the human, physical and global matters.

Google Maps:

  • Google has created a new service called My Maps, allowing users to map locations, draw lines and shapes, add text, photos and Street View, giving a virtual 3D image along any street.

The Reef Channel:

  • Richard Fitzpatrick creates a great site for students in understanding the underwater world – from his DVD and other resources for marine and geography students.

My Wonderful World:

  • This website is a national campaign giving youth an earlier insight on global knowledge. It also guides teachers and parents on how they should educate the young minds through Geography and its matters.

Seterra :

  • Seterra is an educational geography program for students to locate certain cities, capitals, countries and flags in the world. It is an essential activity for implementing it into geographical classes - incorporating a diverse comprehension of knowledge and sense of competitiveness between each student’s scores.
  • I have used this program with year 8 and they loved it! It was that popular they even asked to play it when they had free time as a reward!

Enhance TV: White Planet:

  • Suitable for primary and secondary students, this study guide focuses on the ebb and flow of life in the entire, frigid system of the north and includes the themes of birth, motherhood, companionship and the struggle for survival in a truly hostile environment.

Emergency Management for Schools:

  • This website provides new education materials to help school students better understand and prepare for natural disasters and emergencies. Materials include an interactive media game, actual student experiences and lesson plans.


  • celebrations are held around Australia in July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The theme for NAIDOC Week in 2010 is Unsung Heroes - Closing the Gap by Leading Their Way.

Celebrate NAIDOC

  • is an online project suggesting some ways you can celebrate NAIDOC in the school environment.

World Population Day

  • on 11 July seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. edna's Geography theme page contains geography related information and resources that can be used in the classroom.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

  • This is currently a website that contains video from a popular ABC television program called the making of modern Australia. The videos series examines the different elements that were important from the past and now that have helped to form the country. Apart from the video it also has a special section to assist teachers and students to examine each video and its subjects.

We are multicolored:

  • This is a website that allows users to create their own flags or modify existing flags from around the world. The user chooses his or her flag from a choice of three countries. In doing this students may learn and have access to different countries, customs and beliefs of different cultures around the world that they may have previously not have heard of. This website could be useful for all grades although it is most suited for younger middle school students.


  • This a website that provides information for geography teachers. It has eleven classroom learning activities centered around separate videos located on the site. These videos provide teachers with information that can be used to develop professional learning strategies in the classroom and also to assist in reflection of learning styles.


  • This website contains information regarding online projects for teachers and students to use. Major cultural and political events are discussed on the website with links to resources and general discussion pages. This websites greatest strength is the ability to pass on resources and links to its users relating to different types of socio-political matters.

ThinkUKnow Australia:

  • This is a you tube channel website page that provides users with the opportunity to learn about internet safety and the inherent social problems with this type of communication.

Australian Water Education Toolkit:

  • This online resource contains many links to information regarding water in Australia. The website contains a toolkit or a search engine that allows users to search different parts of the internet for resources that are specific to their region in Australia. The search engine uses such criteria as school year level, state and key concepts.

Queensland Murry Darling committee - Flora and Fauna:

  • Is a website that contains useful information relating to different aspects of flora and fauna mainly in the state of Queensland. Several fact sheets and PDF files contain article written by various people. The website it self contains other useful links about land management in general.

Virtual Village:

  • This interactive experience of a virtual village in Africa provides a way for learners to meet some children and see some of the challenges they face. The villages represents various communities in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia, in which more than 75 percent of children have lost one or both parents to AIDS.

Mission H2O:

  • Mission H2O is a water conservation game that teaches players how to optimise water usage in the home.

The Environment Resource Library:

  • The Environment Resource Library has a large collection of curriculum resources for environmental education – posters, videos, teacher and student resource kits.

Edna's Democracy and Elections Theme Page:

  • provides links to a collection of Citizenship resources suitable for use within the classroom.
Indigenous ideas- Leave Your Mark:
  • Leave Your Mark explores the inspirational stories of five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and their journeys to creative positive social change. This interactive digital resource includes five short films, linked activities and teachers notes, fact sheets and student posters.

Enhance TV: Federation:
  • Suitable for students from K-6, this study guide is an epic tale about the making of Australia. It tells the stories of the founding fathers and of the people in six separate colonies in the decades leading to Federation.

Anti Poverty Week:
  • Beginning October 17, aims to strengthen understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty around the world. edna's Fairtrade theme page provides links to a collection of resources suitable for use within the classroom.

Melbourne Cup Carnival 2010:
  • This website provides information and activities for Australian Schools to commemorate the 150th Melbourne Cup which takes place on 2 November.

Enhance TV- Art and Soul:

  • Relevant for upper primary and secondary students, this study guide, offers an enriching and enlightening introduction to the history of Indigenous culture and art practice in Australia.

The Middle Years Book Club:
  • allows students 10-14 years to share their love of reading by posting book reviews and participating in discussions and celebrations. From 25 October - 1 November, children's author Sandy Fussell will be answering questions in the Middle Years Book Club online project.
Enter the forum at to ask Sandy a question.


  • A great site for maps.

1000 Poppies:

  • The 1000 poppies project provides a space where students from around the world can create their own response to honouring the service and sacrifice of veterans and those affected by war. Students can contribute to the project until 25 April 2011.

Enhance TV: Christmas Tradition:

  • Suitable for primary students this feature article examines the different ways Christmas is celebrated around the world, and the different symbols associated with the festive season.
  • Edna's Christmas theme page provides links to a collection of festive resources suitable for classroom use
The Geological Society of Australia :

  • has a number of activities for the classroom. With Earthquakes being so topical at present this site provides some excellent resource material.

Australian Geographic:
  • always worth a look as well. I found the Black Saturday Before and After photo shoot quite extraordinary as is the current article on “monster storms”.

Edna's Forests theme page
  • includes links to online resources, projects and information about publications that may to help you plan classroom or school activities and events.

The Forests: A global perspective:

  • online project aims to engage students in a celebration of forests and increase their understanding of the global issue of sustainable use of forests for the 2011 International Year of Forests. It includes activities and resources for students from lower primary to lower secondary.

Green Lane Diary:
  • The Green Lane Diary is a curriculum linked education program designed by environmental educators to help 8-13 year old children become aware of the stresses our planet confronts and how sustainable living can make a difference

Planet Earth- Seasonal Forests:

  • Suitable for middle secondary students, this study guide examines seasonal forests, the challenges they face; the behaviours they exhibit and the adaptations that enable them to survive.

Rainforest Alliance:

  • This website offers curricula and resources to help students understand how rainforests contribute to our collective well-being.

Virtual Forest Challenge:
  • Virtual forest is an environmental game in which players are a virtual character going through a typical day and are faced with having to make choices between decisions that are ecologically helpful and ones that are not.

Global Learning Centre:
  • education for justice, peace and sustainability.

African Habitats- Forest, Grassland and Slum:

  • This study of three different habitats in East Africa contains Samburu images, photos of the Luyha, and the sound recordings all collected 1982, with updates using photos and emailed information provided by friends. The site contains pictures, video and audio resources, copyright free for use by students and teachers

BBC Schools Website: Broadcasting Corporation. (2011). Schools- Religion. Retrieved August 8, 2011, from

  • This UK based website offers a great section on Religion Studies, and provides information on Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
  • There are video clips, classroom worksheets, question and answers, classroom activities, and relevant information on religious festivals.

  • The BBC website also has fantastic material on Environmental Studies, Cultures and Citizenship.

National Geographic:

  • This website has an array of exciting activities for teachers to use in the classroom. It also provides an exceptional range of information and helpful materials for the teachers to utilize and combine within their teaching lesson. The students can also log on an enjoy the education games section on the website.

ABC Website- Apology to the Stolen generation of Australia Part 1, 2 and 3. Broadcasting Corporation. (2011). Apology to the stolen generation of Australia: Part 1, 2 and 3. Retrieved August 8, 2011, from

  • The website contains the video clips of our previous Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's formal apology to the Australian Indigenous community. There are also other topics related to Indigenous Issues that have been in the news. The website contains audio clips, news articles and video clips. Great Resource for Indigenous studies and Politics.

Australian Government Website: Civics and Citizenship Education

Australian Government. (2009). Civics and citizenship education. Retrieved August 6, 2011, from

  • This website is a fantastic resource for Civics and Citizenship studies. There is a section for students, teachers and parents. The website provides the citizenship statements of learning, and units of works for primary right through to upper secondary studies. Students can also access interactive and interesting online resources and investigations.

Climate Crisis: An Inconvenient Truth

TakePart, LLC. (2009). Climate crisis: An inconvenient truth. Retrieved August 8, 2011, from

  • The oscar winning documentary, The Inconvenient Truth, presented by Al Gore highlights the significance of global warming on the planet. This website is a companion to the documentory and novel; which presents evidence of global warming, photos and video galleries. There is also a section that gives you tips and advice on how to lower your carbon footprint. For teachers there is also a free comprehensive curriculum document that outlines detailed lessons and class activities that for high school students around global warming and protecting the environment.

Studies of Society and Environment: Activities used in Teaching SOSE

  • This Website provides numerous activities that can be used in a SOSE classroom.

  • Teachers of Studies of Society and Environment have a wide range of activities that they can use with children as they investigate their society and environment. Many of these activities will be introduced to students in your SOSE workshops. Activities introduced in workshops will be recorded cumulatively on this web page. (Mcdonald, 1998)

SOSEAQ An Integrated Learning Community - SOSE Inquiry

  • This is a Queensland Government website that is exploring SOSE as a subject

  • It outlines the purpose, scope and nature of SOSE as a subject

  • It provides an outline of how to conduct an inquiry using the SOSE curriculum and provides resources that teachers can use.

The Seven Natural Wonders of the World

Seven Natural Wonders Organization. (2008). The seven natural wonders of the world. Retrieved August 6, 2011, from

  • website is a fantastic resource about the seven natural wonders of the world. Users can choose different regions around the world to explore, and then specifically find out information, video clips and additional websites about each natural wonder.

The Teaching Hub

  • This website is an excellent source for resources and ideas for unit plans.

  • It provides three unit plans called 'Who's an Aussie: Australian Identities Today', 'Two Worlds Together or Two Worlds Apart' and 'Wonders of the World'.

Asia Scope and Sequence for Studies of Society and Environment

  • Is a document published by the Australian Government: Department of Education, Science and Training.

  • Due to the growing relationship between Asia and Australia, there is an emphasis on the importance of economics, strategic and cultural context in Australian classrooms.

  • The purpose of the Asia scope and sequence is to articulate key curriculum concepts and contents across all year levels.

Dedicated to a Better Brisbane

  • Brisbane City Council provides a broad range of educational resources to assist teachers and students. Topics vary from heritage walking trails, travel behaviour to laws and regulations.

  • This website provides teachers with a number of ideas that can be used for excersions and class activities.

The Weather and Climate of Australia and New Zealand:
  • This text written by Andrew Sturman and Nigel Tapper (2006) by Oxford University Press, investigates the inner workings of the Global Weather Systems, as well as focusing in on the Australian and New Zealand climate changes. Including El Nino and La Nina and how these impact on weather changes including land warming, droughts; to the different rain patterns. This text would be useful for any weather or climate unit's.

Living in the Environment:

  • This text identifies the important issues of today, such as global warming and the effects on the environment such as climate changes, sustainability, fisheries, crop modifications, humans and our impact on the environment and environmentally friendly solutions to the worlds big problems. Written by Miller and Spoolman (2009) by Cengage Learning, this is the text to get for any units on the environment and how climate change is becoming a relevent problem for today.

books.jpgMarsh, C. (2008). Studies of Society and Environment: Exploring the teaching possibilities (5). Australia: Pearson Education.

  • This resource is a fantastic teaching companion for pre-service teachers, and covers a range of topics that are related to Studies of Society and the Environment.
  • Each chapter includes sound pedagogical planning principles together with a comprehensive range of practical ideas and examples. Questions and activities are provided that challenge students to think critically about a variety of social and environmental issues. This book can be purchased from the Co-op bookshop at the University of Queensland St Lucia, or on their online website, and a range of online bookshops from google.

SOSE Alive:


  • SOSE Alive 1 is the first component of the new Jacaranda Middle Years Project to be released

  • This book includes

  • ** high-interest Geography, History and Commerce material

    • launching pads for SOSE students

    • opportunities for students to extend thinking and explore independent learning

    • Remember, Understand, Communicate, Investigate, Create and Connect activities engage different types of learners

    • technology delivered through a highly interactive CD-ROM and Web site (Wiley, 2011)

Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levin

  • Hana's Suitcase is a novel that can be used in the english and SOSE currriculum

  • This website provides a range of activities that teachers can use when exploring this novel

  • It also explores creative writing tasks


Potter, J. (2002). Active citizenship in schools: a good-practice guide to developing a whole school policy. Great Britain: Taylor & Francis Group.

This book provides the support needed for schools and other groups to develop citizenship and community learning links as an active part of their curriculum. All the recommendations given, are supported by an incomparable range of national case studies and experiences, covering peer learning, community service, environmental work, inter generational projects and initiatives to help develop communities and schools through the arts, sciences and sports. Very interesting read and appropriate for culturally diverse classrooms. Most chapters are available online through Google Books.


National Geographic:

  • This website containes videos from topics such as Outer Space, Sharks, to videos on new technologies and the Oceans. They are engaging, informative and well presented for any SOSE or Geography class.



QSA Website: SOSE years 8-9 sample work plan:

  • This website provides a sample work plan that will aid teachers in constructing work plans in SOSE.

Australia Bureau of Statistics- Education page

Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2011). Education services: Geography activities. Retrieved August 8, 2011, from

This website has a great section on Geography activities from years 8- 12 that use the Australian census statistical data. Lesson plans cover sensitive topics including: population growth, water, biodiversity, transport to school, urban transect and the homeless. Student analyse real statistical data, synthesise and make inferences to develop a broader picture of the topic. Videos and movie links are also provided which accompany the classroom activities.

OTHER DOCUMENTSCase Study:Grant, L. (2006) Using Wiki’s in Schools: a Case Study. Retrieved August 12, 2011, From This is a case study that has been done that shows the importance of wiki's and their application in the classroom. It shows research that can provide information that shows teachers how they are best used and what information that can be produced by using them. Although it doesn't have a particular link to social studies it can be adapted to any subject area.