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What's fair?

What’s Fair?

Written and compiled by Val Catchpoole and produced by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

Values and anti-bullying teaching kit, video and CD. Years 5-8.

What’s Fair? is a cross-curricular resource for ethical inquiry comprised of a teachers’ guide book, video clips from the TV series ‘What’s Fair’ and website. It is designed to focus on a range of themes relevant to English, Studies of Society and Environment, and Health and Physical Education – Human Relations. It aims to support teachers in developing ethical inquiry as part of these curriculum areas. It is also well suited for use within Lifeskills programs designed to foster positive student behaviours within a supportive school environment.

(Australian Children’s Television Foundation)

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Lift Off

Lift Off

Produced by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, with assistance and consultation from Jen Glaser and Peter Clarke.

Includes animated short films, ‘Munch Kids’, which uses the voices of children recorded discussing a topic, and wrestling with some big questions. They wonder about the solutions to environmental and personal issues and other puzzling big ideas. Developed through a philosophy program for children, their words are interpreted in a variety of interesting animated forms, including paper cut-outs, real objects, line drawings, painting, newsprint and photographs, so as the children explore the question, their unscripted insights become alive and dynamic.

(Australian Children’s Television Foundation)

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Books Into Ideas

Books into Ideas: A Community of Inquiry

Tim Sprod

Books Into Ideas uses a Philosophy for Children approach to encourage thinking in young learners. The author explains how teachers can set up a community of inquiry within the classroom and teach questioning techniques at all levels of thinking. Based on 15 published picture books, Books Into Ideas will take your students into the world of literature and critical thinking, interpreting and expressing ideas.

(Hawker Brownlow)

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Discovering Our Voice

Discovering Our Voice: Instructional Manual to Accompany ‘Geraldo’

Ann M Sharp & Laurance Splitter

Discovering Our Voice provides teachers with an accessible way of exploring philosophical concepts with their students. The manual is intended to accompany Geraldo by Ann M Sharp. Geraldo is a story about a boy who leaves one culture and tries to ‘join’ another. In addition to his feelings of dislocation, he finds that he must learn a new language as well as social and ethical norms. In order to cope with this, he finds a new way of looking at things.

(ACER Press)

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Making Sense of My World

Making Sense of My World: Instructional Manual to Accompany ‘The Doll Hospital’

Ann M Sharp & Laurance Splitter

This manual contains numerous discussion plans and activities designed to foster good thinking, dialogue and community relationships among very young children.

Making Sense of My World is intended to accompany The Doll Hospital by Ann M Sharp, which centres on Jess, a girl who explores the boundaries of her world with her toy, Roller. A trip to the doll hospital triggers a permanent change in their relationship.

(ACER Press)

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Time to Think 1

Time to Think, Books 1-2

Anne-Maree Olley

A Guide to Thoughtful Discussion Series

The books in this series encourage the development of good thinking skills: reflective analysis, reasoning and discrimination. It asks students to consider philosophical concepts and promotes discussion. This series is supported by teacher notes, a checklist of essential thinking skills and evaluation forms. Suitable for ages 6-13.

(Essential Resources)

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Thinking About Picture Books 1

Thinking about Picture Books, Books 1-2

Anne-Maree Olley

A Guide to Thoughtful Discussion Series

Both books uses plans and activities to stimulate discussion on philosophical concepts in well-known and well-loved picture books. This guide to thoughtful discussion is suitable for students of all ages, right up to senior secondary school level. It comes with ready-to-copy handouts, teacher notes, a checklist of essential thinking skills and evaluation forms.

(Essential Resources)

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Thinking about… Journal Stories, Books 1-3

Anne-Maree Olley

A Guide to Thoughtful Discussion Series

This series uses New Zealand School Journals to help students develop discrimination and reasoning skills and to encourage them to consider philosophical concepts. The activities are designed to fit easily into the reading programme, and there are also teacher guides on assessment and evaluation. Suitable for ages 7-12.

(Essential Resources)

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Philosophy and Ethics

Philosophy and Ethics: A Resource for Units 2A-2B

Stephan Millett & Alan Tapper

Philosophy and Ethics is written specifically for Units 2A and 2B of the Philosophy and Ethics Course.

This book is loaded with information, photos and activities for all levels.

(Impact Publishing)

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Harry Stottlemeiers Discovery

Harry Stottlemeier’s Discovery

Matthew Lipman, Australian adaptation by L.J. Splitter

Harry Stottlemeier’s Discovery (Years 4-7) focuses on the development of basic logic and reasoning skills within the context of ordinary language. The central characters in the story develop their own community of inquiry, bringing together different perspectives and ways of thinking. Harry deals with the criteria and principles which underlie good thinking in all subject areas and disciplines. The Teacher Manual to accompany this novel is Philosophical Inquiry.

(ACER Press)

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