Browse our range of free, downloadable teaching materials for use during NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC Week will take place between 4 and 11 July, and this year’s theme is ‘Heal Country!’ Country is an integral part of the identities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, sustaining their lives in every aspect – spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and culturally – and it is more than a place. This theme means embracing First Nations’ cultural knowledge, respecting Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders and their values, and understanding the importance of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage. Visit the NAIDOC website for information about events or for NAIDOC Week teaching resources.
For those who might like to use a Fremantle Press book during NAIDOC Week, we have put together a list of books with free activities for kids of all ages. Download them below or order class sets from firstname.lastname@example.org while stocks last.
Pre-school, ages zero to six
This boldly illustrated book from First Nations author and illustrator Helen Milroy takes you on an adventure through the garden, to search for all the creepy-crawlies that you may find there. Identify the bugs and colour them in this activity sheet that will get kids out in their backyards.
We All Sleep, from the acclaimed mother-and-son team Sally Morgan and Ezekiel Kwaymullina, celebrates the interconnectedness of people and animals in lyrical language and sumptuous colour. Build your own mobile for you to gaze at while you fall asleep by colouring and cutting out the shapes provided in the activity sheet.
Primary school, ages six to 10
Cyclones and Shadows is a collection of four tales for younger readers from the Waarda series of Indigenous stories, first edited by Sally Morgan. These charming tales, drawn from the authors’ own experiences, are illustrated with black-and-white line drawings, and are a wonderful way to introduce young readers to contemporary Indigenous storytelling. Create your own character in this activity sheet and think about the words you would use to describe them to make your character come alive.
From a falling star to a lonely whale, an entertaining lizard to an enterprising penguin, Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories is a book filled with stories that are full of wonder, adventure and enduring friendships. Told in the style of traditional Indigenous teaching stories, these animal tales from Helen Milroy take young readers on adventures of self-discovery and fulfilment.
Test your animal knowledge with our Australian animals fact sheet.
Secondary, 11 years and up
My Place for Younger Readers is an abridged edition of Sally Morgan’s beloved biography My Place that retains all the charm and power of the original. Sally always wondered about her family: who they were, where they came from, what they were hiding. She asked questions, but received few answers, and soon what started as a tentative search for information became an extraordinary pilgrimage that would change her family’s lives forever.
An oral history is a way of preserving stories that can then be passed on. Children can conduct their own interviews with the use of our oral history activity sheet.
This anthology of short fiction, memoir and poetry by authors who are First Nations, People of Colour, LGBTIQA+ or living with disability focuses on Australian life as seen through each author’s unique perspective. Meet Me at the Intersection is designed to challenge the dominant, homogenous story of privilege and power that rarely admits ‘outsider’ voices.
Join in on the celebrations of NAIDOC Week by sharing your activities on social media using the hashtags #NAIDOC, #NAIDOC2021 and #HealCountry, or by tagging @NaidocWeek.