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Poppies and Armistice

HASS 3, 6

In this activity series, students learn about the importance of Poppies in Australian culture with reference to Remembrance Day. Students will learn not only about the sacrifice of others but also the key people who have influenced Remembrance Day activities.


90 minutes


Students will learn about the importance of commemorative days including the traditions and symbols associated with these days.

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What you’ll need

Projector/Smart Board
Computer for media
Poppy Activity Student Handout
Biography Profile Activity Student Handout
Computers or individual devices for research
Notebooks and Pens or Pencils
Copy of 'In Flanders Fields' poem

Year level

3, 6



Cross Curriculum Priority

done Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

done Sustainability

done Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia

General capabilities

done Literacy

done Numeracy

done ICT Capability

done Critical and Creative Thinking

done Personal and Social Capability

done Ethical Understanding

done Intercultural Understanding


Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, ANZAC Day, and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems.


The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation.


Make a Poppy

In this activity, students will colour in and create their own poppy which can be worn on Remembrance Day.

The Red Poppy

In this activity, students reflect on the Poppies and Armistice video and answer questions relating to the importance of the Poppy on Remembrance Day.

Biography Profile Activity

In this activity, students will research the history behind wearing poppies for Remembrance Day. Students will research a key person who was significantly involved in this tradition.