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The Soldiers of World War I

HASS 3, 5, 6
Students will learn about war memorials and cenotaphs and their importance in commemorating Australians who have served in their local community. In this activity, students will also learn how to research those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice from their own community.

90 minutes

Learning Goals

Students will learn:

The importance of memorials and cenotaphs in relation to commemorative days such as ANZAC Day.

About a member of their local community who served in either the Navy, Air Force or Army.


What you’ll need

Profile a Soldier Handout

Excursion to the local War Memorial or Cenotaph/ Pictures of the local War Memorial or Cenotaph including visible names

Computer or device for individual research

Notebook and Pens/Pencils

Year level

Year 3, 5, 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


Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations.


Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources.


Examine primary sources and secondary sources to determine their origin and purpose.


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.


Profile a Soldier

In this activity, students will use the research guide to develop a profile of a local soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I.