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K-6 – The Wizard of Oz

It’s the 80th anniversary of one of the world’s most loved films, The Wizard of Oz. In celebration, your class can follow their own ‘yellow brick road’ through the curriculum.

  • Your class will spend time analysing the story of The Wizard of Oz and most of its adaptations.
  • The students will get caught up in the tornado and learn about natural disasters, how they form, and how to be prepared.
  • They will jump over the rainbow, analysing the use of colour in visual imagery and in the Land of Oz.
  • Students will spend time with all of the characters, exploring the virtues that they are seeking and will set goals, just like Dorothy.
  • Students will take a step into the shoes of the Wicked Witch and empathise with her experience of bullying.
  • Your class will learn about the need to all work together.

Take a journey of learning, discovery and hope as we all celebrate The Wizard of Oz.

This unit of work has been created by Kaelene Neville, Principal, Murringo Public School, in consultation with The Arts Unit, to support curriculum delivery in conjunction with the Schools Spectacular 2019.

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Program scope and sequence

Duration: 6 weeks (approximately 30 hours)

In this unit of work, students will take part in integrated activities from across the English, mathematics, creative arts, science, technologies, HSIE and PDHPE syllabi. The activities can be used individually, but because they flow from one to the other, The Wizard of Oz is ideally taught as an entire unit.

The unit culminates by attending the Friday matinee performance of Schools Spectacular 2019. We recommend organising an excursion to see the show if possible. However, the unit can be taught without doing this and classes could watch the televised show when it becomes available.

Teaching materials

  • Worksheets included as attachments to this unit of work
  • YouTube videos and websites as referenced in the teaching and learning activities

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