Aboriginal Plant Use in South-Eastern Australia

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The Aboriginal people of Australia survived for over 40,000 years by using the plants that grow in the bush for food, medicine, tools, and utensils. Introduce young botanists to the wonders of the Outback with a 25-page packet that details the gifts available in this wild garden.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members investigate how early settlers used the native plants found in their neighborhood
  • Collect the research and create book modeled after the Australian guide 
  • Model and then ask class members to use native grasses and/or pine needles to craft baskets and bowls
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson is designed to prepare learners for a visit to the Australian National Botanic Gardens; however, the information could easily be incorporated into any study of Australia or any investigation of the uses of an area's native plants
  • The description for each plant includes an illustration, the plant's habitat, growing season, and information about how it is used by Aboriginals
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