Myths and Mysteries of the Crossing of the Blue Mountains Case Studies
FOR PRIMARY STUDENTS
HISTORY YEAR 4
• First Contacts
HISTORY YEAR 5
• The Australian Colonies
Case Study Resources
- Teacher Guide
- Print Resources (PDF)
- Interactive (iPad Compatible)
- Downloadable High Quality Video
Case Study Overview
Myths and Mysteries of the Crossing of the Blue Mountains is a multimedia education resource to help Year 4 and Year 5 students explore an aspect of Australia’s early colonial history — the crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813. At Year 4 the case study is particularly relevant to contact between the explorers and the local Aboriginal people and the subsequent consequences of that contact. At Year 5 the case study relates particularly well to significant individuals and events that helped to shape the colonies.
An interactive entitled, Would you be a Good Explorer, is also available for this case study.
Case Study unit of work inquiry structure (pdf)
- Teacher's Guide
- Activity 1: Is this memorial telling us the truth?
- Activity 2: My story of the Crossing of the Blue Mountains
- Activity 3: A ‘virtual visit’ to the Blue Mountains
- Activity 4: Why did the explorers want to cross the Blue Mountains?
- Activity 5: Who were the three explorers?
- Activity 6: How did the explorers achieve their crossing in 1813?
- Activity 7: What was their journey like?
- Activity 8: Were Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth really the first to cross the Blue Mountains?
- Activity 9: What happened after the crossing?
- Activity 10: Are you a mythbuster?
About the Interactive
Would you be a Good Explorer
Your task is to prepare for an expedition across the Blue Mountains. You will then be faced with 11 different stages in which you need evaluate the best method to cross the mountains.
Note: This interactive can be viewed on iPads. It does not require Flash.