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On the last Wednesday of every month*, Learning publishes a colour feature which provides students and teachers with great learning activities (*not generally published in January and December).

Recent pages are available here for download as PDF files, but they are large files best suited to broadband users. There will be a slight delay after selecting to view each page.

 

 

 

 

2017      
   

Curious Creatures

31 May 2017

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Coast Watch

27 April 2017

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2016      
   

Fiji Power

30 November 2016

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Mission to Bennu

26 October 2016

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Cirque to Sea

28 September 2016

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Young Tassie Scientists

27 July 2016

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The Bard

1 June 2016

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Crowther Collection

27 April 2016

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Alternative Energy

30 March 2016

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2015      
   

Nan Chauncy

25 November 2015

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Shy Albatross

28 October 2015

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Gift of Life

29 July 2015

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New Blood

24 June 2015

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Bridging the Derwent

27 May 2015

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Aussie Inventions

25 February 2015

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2014      
       
 

Cave Search

26 November 2014

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Convicts

24 September 2014

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Royal Society

27 August 2014

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Human Body

26 March 2014

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Hydro Centenary

26 February 2014

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2013      
       
 

Australia 225

6 March 2013

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Solar System

27 March 2013

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Anzac Day

24 April 2013

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Changing Places

26 June 2013

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Explore Engineering

31 July 2013

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Science Smart

28 August 2013

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Sustainable Learning

25 September 2013

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Volcano Land

30 October 2013

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Making News

27 November 2013

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2012      

Reading

29 February 2012

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1942

28 March 2012

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Grimm tales

25 April 2012

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Target WASTE

30 May 2012

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Kokoda

27 June 2012

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Growing for Australia

25 July 2012

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Burn Brighter

29 August 2012

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Space Week

26 September 2012

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Thanks to everyone for their support of our monthly Learning activity pages this year. Suggestions for page topics in 2013 are welcomed.

Tasmanian Treasures

31 October 2012

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Coastwatchers

28 November 2012

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Titanic centenary

15 April 2012

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Antarctica

12 June 2012

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Douglas Mawson - national hero

13 June 2012

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2011      

People power

23 February 2011

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Fantastic forests

30 March 2011

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Helping Handfish

27 April 2011

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Douglas Mawson

25 May 2011

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Exploring Space

29 June 2011

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River Walk

27 July 2011

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Threatened Species

31 August 2011

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Crusoe Project

28 September 2011

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Lachlan Macquarie

26 October 2011

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Skullbone Project

30 November 2011

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2010      

Derwent litter

24 February 2010

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Australian flight

31 March 2009

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Say No to Bullying

5 May 2010

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Macquarie Island

26 May 2010

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Derwent fish

30 June 2010

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Young Scientists

4 August 2010

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Triple Zero

25 August 2010

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Derwent Whales

29 September 2010

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Victoria Cross

27 October 2010

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Burke and Wills

25 November 2010

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The Beautiful Game

Internet page only

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The Story of Mary MacKillop

16 October 2010

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Australia's First Saint

18 October 2010

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2009      
Darwin Downunder 25 February 2009 download the page  
Watery Graves 25 March 2009 download the page  
Student Savvy 29 April 2009 download the page  
Australian Made 27 May 2009 download the page  
Land Ho! (Captain Cook) 24 June 2009 download the page  
Space Quiz 29 July 2009 download the page  
Tasmania SOS 26 August 2009 download the page  
Backyard Bandits 1 October 2009 download the page  
Andrew Hughes' Adventure 28 October 2009 download the page  
Coastcare 25 November 2009 download the page  
   

 

 

2008      
Derwent Discoveries 26 November 2008 download the page  
Eureka Stockade 29 October 2008 download the page  
Top of the Crops 24 September 2008 download the page Exclusive internet page (did not appear in print)
Food for Thought 24 September 2008 download the page  
Incredible Island 27 August 2008 download the page  
Fine China 30 July 2008 download the page  
Global Classroom 30 June 2008 download the page  
Cool Schools 28 May 2008 download the page  
Maritime Museum 7 May 2008 download the page  
We Are One 26 March 2008 download the page  
Aboriginal Tasmania 5 March 2008 download the page  
 

 

 

2007      
Icy Science 28 November 2007 download the page  
Go with the Flow 24 October 2007 download the page  
Grand Gardens 26 September 2007 download the page  
Precious Parks 29 August 2007 download the page  
Curious Collections 25 July 2007 download the page  
Stay Tuned (TV) 27 June 2007 download the page  
Polar Year 30 May 2007 download the page  
Anzac Spirit 25 April 2007 download the page  
Cyber Safe 28 March 2007 download the page  
Litter 28 February 2007 download the page  

 

 

2006      
Story of Books 5 December 2006 download the page  
Duyfken Voyage 19 November 2006 download 4 page liftout 1.7mb
    download centre pages 1mb
    download front & back 700kb
Punctuation 25 October 2006 download the page  
Solar System 28 September 2006 download the page  
Stormwater 31 August 2006 download the page  
Census 2006 27 July 2006 download the page  
Snow 29 June 2006 download the page  
The Musical 25 May 2006 download the page  
National Treasures 20 May 2006 download the page  
Land Conservancy 27 April 2006 download the page  

Wetlands

30 March 2006

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Islands to Ice 23 February 2006 download the page  

 



2005      
Cook's Voyages 24 November 2005 download the page  
Australian Defence Force 27 October 2005 download the page  
Hydrogen Energy 29 September 2005 download the page  
Australia Under Attack 28 August 2005 download the page  
Albert Einstein 28 July 2005 download the page  
Seabirds 23 June 2005 download the page  
Space Travel 26 May 2005 download the page  
Computer Animation 26 May 2005 download the page  
Tasmanian Devils 24 February 2005 download the page  
       
       
2004      
Aboriginal Art 25 November 2004 download the page classroom activities
World War I - Empires Collide 28 October 2004 download the page classroom activities
Penguins 26 August 2004 download the page classroom activities
Robots 29 July 2004 download the page classroom activities
Whale Hunters 24 June 2004 download the page classroom activities
Global Warming 27 May 2004 download the page classroom activities
Ancient Greeks 29 April 2004   classroom activities
Christianity 8 April 2004 download the page classroom activities
Organ Donation 25 March 2004   classroom activities
Destination Mars 2 March 2004 download the page classroom activities
       
       
2003      
Waltzing Matilda 30 October 2003 download the page classroom activities
Astronomy 2 October 2003   classroom activities
Exploring Space 25 September 2003   classroom activities
It Came from Space 28 August 2003   classroom activities
Stage and Theatre 31 July 2003   classroom activities
Indigenous Champions 26 June 2003   classroom activities
United Nations 29 May 2003   classroom activities
In the Trenches 24 April 2003   classroom activities
Human Endurance 7 April 2003   classroom activities
Optical Illusions: Seeing and Believing 31 March 2003   classroom activities 
The Story of Birth 27 March 2003   classroom activities
Iraq - An Ancient Land 28 February 2003   classroom activities
       
       
2002      
Solar Eclipse 28 November 2002   classroom activities
Matthew Flinders: The Ultimate Voyage 31 October 2002   classroom activities
Drought Relief 17 October 2002   classroom activities
The Kokoda Track 26 September 2002 download the page classroom activities
Reading the Weather 29 August 2002 download the page    900KB classroom activities
Tree Survival 25 July 2002   classroom activities
Whales: Giants of the Sea 27 June 2002 download the page classroom activities
Hobart to Antarctica: Bridging the Gap 30 May 2002 classroom activities
Gallipoli Campaign 25 April 2002 download the page   1MB classroom activities
The Spirit of Anzac 28 March 2002   classroom activities
Flinders Travels 28 February 2002 download the page classroom activities

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Tasmania 200

To commemorate the beginning of European settlement in Tasmania in 1803 and the founding of Hobart in 1804, the Mercury published a diary by local author and historian Frank Bolt following the events of 200 years ago. The narrative of this diary starts with the arrival of the first settlers at Risdon Cove, on Hobart's Eastern Shore, on September 6, 1803, and ends in August 1804, with the departure of the transport ship The Ocean from Hobart Town back to Sydney. Its departure marked the end of the first beginnings of the Hobart settlement. The diary follows the struggles on a day-by-day basis, using contemporary documents as its main source. Of course, what with all the problems and hard work the new arrivals had to cope with, there will occasionally be a day when the diary is silent.

The Mercury's Newspapers in Education website lets you follow Frank Bolt's Tasmania 200 diary through to its conclusion in August 2004.

The Founding of Hobart

The Beginning of it all
Preface
The Adventures of Matthew Flinders
The Adventures of Captain Nicolas Baudin

The Frank Bolt Diary Series

Introduction to the Frank Bolt Diary Series
September
October
November
December
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August

 

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Anzac and Remembrance Days

From the muddy trenches at Gallipoli and Flanders was born a spirit which today we call ANZAC.
It is a spirit that lives on like an eternal flame, commemorated each year on Anzac Day, April 25 and Remembrance Day, November 11 - on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year. Australians everywhere observe a minute's silence as a mark of respect.

The Mercury's Newspapers in Education department has a number of resources, produced in conjunction with journalist and teacher Christopher Bantick. The aim of the resources is to help teachers and their students better understand the spirit that is attributed to our Aussie diggers and is a valuable guide to the subject of Australians at war.

Visit the Mercury's ANZAC - Spirit Eternal website by clicking here.

Deployment of Australian troops in recent yers is not the first time Australians have fought on "The Savage Frontier". Hobart based historian and contributing writer Brendon Bowes, has written an extensive report on the experiences of Cyril Cameron, a Tasmanian fighting in Afghanistan 122 years ago, and also the history of conflict on the wild north-west frontier of British India. The full report can be read by clicking here.

Young Digger is the incredible true story of a French orphan boy smuggled into Australia by returning soldiers. The book, by the author of Soldier Boy, is about two Queensland brothers returning from France at the end of World War One who hid the nine-year-old orphan, Henri Hemene , in a sack to smuggle him ashore in Fremantle. Like Soldier Boy, about the youngest Anzac to die at Gallipoli, Hill's latest book is recommended for young readers and great material for classroom studies. Christopher Bantick has provided a guide for teachers about using the book in the classroom, along with some activities. You can access these by clicking here.

 

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China: A Cultural Perspective

 

 

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Tasmania SOS: Saving our Species

 

Click here for our threatened species page