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Our World Bardi Jaawi Life at Ardiyooloon | Book review & lessons for year 3 to year 7.

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

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As teachers, we are always after that 'unicorn' children's book that covers 'everything'; every KLA, this term's text type, or this weeks maths strand. Well, what if I told you that I have found a book that covers nearly all KLAs and that also embeds First Nations perspectives... would you believe me?


Well, here it is for you my teacher friend!



Today, as a part of the Wingaru Heal Country Challenge and the focus area of 'Recognising Aboriginal Knowledge', I am so excited to share with you; Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon by One Arm Point Remote Community School and give you some really amazing lessons that I love and that you can embed straight into your programs.


Alright, if you're ready... let's get into it!


© Magabala Books © One Arm Point Remote Community School


Book summary

Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon by One Arm Point Remote Community School is an insanely generous, and beautifully complied information book, that shares the voice and deep knowledge of the Bardi Jaawi people and the students of One Arm Point Remote Community School, who call Ardiyooloon home.


Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon is a true celebration of the deep knowledge of the Bardi Jaawi people, on each and every one, of it's 64 pages, and will leave you with a mountainous number of opportunities for embedding this book into your program. Covering over 20 topic areas, including; seasons, bush food, family, history and an English - Bardi wordlist, this book really does have everything!


Another reason I love this book so much is because, all of the; artworks, stories and photos that make up Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon, were created through strong Culture Programs and activities lead by Elders and Community in the school. These creations have been so thoughtfully compiled and brought together to share with you this highly educational piece of children's literature, giving all teachers an opportunity to recognise and celebrate Bardi Jaawi knowledge in your classrooms.


Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon is a very in depth children's information book, with over 64 pages and is best suited for year 3 to year 7. Magabala Books, as always have outdone themselves with the publishing of this book and as you know have a set of Teacher Notes free for you to download.


As with all of the First Nations books that I share with you, it is an absolute honour to share Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon, it is a book like no other and I cannot recommend it highly enough.


Awards and accolades

Winner, 2011 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, Indigenous children eight to 12 years.

Honour Book, 2011 Children's Book Council of Australia, Eve Pownall Award for Information Book.


Invitation to embed


Here are some lessons that I personally love from the Magabala Books Teacher Notes. I have combined these lessons with the Australian Curriculum and also the 8 Ways Aboriginal Pedagogy to make embedding Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon as easy as possible for you and I invite you to use and embed them into your program wherever you see fit.


If you are apart of my Community email list then you will receive a PDF version of all of these Invitations to Embed lessons for FREE into your email inbox along with a link to this blog post. For anyone wanting to receive future freebies and resources you can do this by joining my Community email list.

Year 3 - Invitation to embed

This lesson gives year 3 students the opportunity to listen and learn from 4 of the traditional Bardi stories included in Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon and gives students to an opportunity to recount the events of one of these stories by; creating a storyboard filled full of illustrations and describing each event.




Year 4 - Invitation to embed

This lesson gives year 4 students the opportunity to learn measurement and geometry skills through information learnt from reading Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon and then consolidating their learning by connecting back to their own experiences and and places in their own lives.



Year 5 - Invitation to embed

This lesson gives year 5 students the opportunity to use Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon to learn about how Bardi people use traditional ecological and zoological knowledge to inform sustainable harvesting practices.



Year 6 - Invitation to embed

This lesson gives year 6 students the opportunity to use Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon to learn about the history of One Arm Point and collate this information into a different forms of graphic organisers such as a timeline.




Year 7 - Invitation to embed

This lesson gives year 7 students the opportunity to use Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon to learn about One Arm Point Remote Community School and its student population, they then compare this information to their own school and represent this data using mathematical forms such as percentages and in a graph.



Summary


In my honest opinion, if you teach year 3 to year 7, you need to have Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon in your classroom. I remember when I was gifted this book from my university lecturers and I just felt so overjoyed with the amount of knowledge and heart that has been shared and poured into the pages of this incredible book by the Bardi Jaawi people and students of One Arm Point Remote Community School. Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon is truly a one of a kind children's book and one that I guarantee you will use and love forever.


I really hope that today's post has given you some practical lessons and resources and has made embedding First Nations perspectives into your daily teaching a little bit easier and that you accept my invitation to embed a lesson or two into your daily teaching. If you haven't already been over to the Magabala Books website, then you can do that by clicking here to check out all of the resources they have available.


I also really encourage you to check out Magabala Books on instagram @magabalabooks and to also join their mailing list to keep up to date with all of their new releases. They have so many incredible resources coming out ready for you to use in your classroom.




You can purchase Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon directly from Magabala Books, which helps support their growth as a not for profit organisation, to share our mobs stories with the world, and to help you to embed First Nations perspectives into your teaching.



Thank you!


I want to take a minute to express how deeply grateful I am to the Bardi Jaawi Community and the students and teachers of One Arm Point Remote Community School and the incredible team at Magabala Books for allowing me to share Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon with you today and thank you for continuing to create and share all of your work and talents with us! Having a children's book that captures the knowledge of our Elders and Community to share our ways through education, is such a powerful resource and it makes me so proud to be able to share this with my students and all of you today. Thank you!


I would also like to thank Aunty Lesley Woodhouse and her deadly as team from Wingaru Education for creating and inviting me to be a part of the Wingaru Heal Country Challenge. It is always an honour to work with you and I am always in awe of the support you provide to teachers on their journey of embedding First Nations perspectives and your resources are just incredible! Thank you.



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Finally, I have truly loved sharing Our World Bardi Jaawi Life At Ardiyooloon and all of these incredible resources with you today, and as always... Happy embedding!



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