This learning sequence is designed to introduce students to life in Indonesia through the eyes of a young boy called Devon.
Activity 1: Introducing Devon and his family
Prior to beginning this activity, create a classroom display about Indonesia. This may be coordinated with your library staff.
Start the learning sequence by exploring what students know about Indonesia. Go Indonesia is a useful interactive website that can assist you with this activity.
Explore the range of family structures and read about Devon and his family while showing the accompanying images. It is important to emphasise to students that there are many family structures and lifestyles in urban and rural Indonesia. This is just one example. You should also discuss with students the need to be respectful when learning about other cultures.
Finish the activity by asking students to compare Devon's family structure with their own.
Activity 2: Houses and buildings in Indonesia
Students will investigate two themes associated with life in Indonesia: houses and buildings. It is important to emphasise the diversity within these themes.
Explore the range of housing and building structures in Australia and then read about housing in Indonesia while showing the accompanying images. Finish by asking students to create a Venn diagram to compare housing in Indonesia and Australia.
Activity 3: Going shopping
Students investigate shopping in Indonesia by comparing Indonesian and Australian shops and shopping centres. They discuss the shapes of the buildings, where they are located, what building materials are used and whether climate may affect their design.
Students create a Venn diagram to illustrate the similarities and differences.
Activity 4: Reflection
Students research other themes associated with life in Indonesia. This activity can be conducted in the classroom if students have access to computers, or in the school library.
A range of presentation styles has been suggested as well as a guide for constructing the presentation.
Complete the learning sequence by asking students to create a cluster diagram reflecting the themes used in the presentations. This provides an opportunity for them to focus on what they have learned in this module.