Under each subject area you will find a list of lesson ideas and further links to ready-to-go plans and student activities for the classroom.


  • Lesson Ideas Lesson ideas
  • Lesson Plans Lesson plans
  • Activities Activities


  • Lesson Ideas What is diversity? What are some of the ways that people can be different from each other? What things make us the same?
  • Lesson Ideas What is Harmony Day? What does harmony mean? What are some examples of harmony in nature/in the world?
  • Lesson Ideas Word challenge: How many words with three letters or more can you make from the letters in the words ‘Celebrate Australia’s Diversity’?
  • Lesson Ideas Two sides to every story: Write a short account of an event from two different points of view.
  • Lesson Ideas Acrostic poem: Brainstorm some words associated with cultural diversity in Australia and choose one to write an acrostic poem.
  • Lesson Ideas Book review: Write a book review of a text which has diversity as a theme.
  • Lesson Ideas Family diversity: Give a talk about the people in your family and their heritage. How do they differ from each other?
  • Lesson Ideas Debate: ‘Variety is the spice of life’.
  • Lesson Ideas Oral presentation: Give a short presentation about an Australian you admire who has a different cultural background to your own.
  • Activities Discussion dice – International Food: Using the dice, students learn that Australian food is influenced by other cultures. (198KB PDF file)
  • Activities Discussion dice – Which Sport?: To develop the students’ awareness that sport contributes to a better understanding of different cultures and lifestyles. (246KB PDF file)
  • Activities Acrostic puzzle one (292KB PDF file) Acrostic solution one (101KB PDF file)
  • Activities Acrostic puzzle two (285KB PDF file) Acrostic solution two (100KB PDF file)
  • Activities Crossword (173K B PDF file) Crossword solution (166KB PDF file)
  • Lesson Plans Anh’s story: See life through Anh’s story with the Harmony Day Stories app. Explore three detailed activities ‘Understanding Anh’, ‘Many Stories museum’ and ‘Seeing ourselves’. Experience an interactive way of learning!


  • Lesson Ideas Linguists: Find out how many people in your class/school are bilingual or multilingual. Graph your findings.
  • Lesson Ideas Roll call: Say ‘good morning/afternoon’ in a different language each week.
  • Lesson Ideas Body language: Ask schoolmates from various cultural backgrounds what gestures they would use to show the following: ‘Come here’, ‘Go away’, ‘I don’t know’, ‘OK’, ‘Good’, ‘Yes’, ‘No’.
  • Lesson Ideas Diverse scripts: Can any of your classmates write in another script (eg Korean, Arabic)? Ask them to teach you how to write a word in this script.
  • Lesson Ideas Language treasure hunt: Use your schoolmates as a resource to ‘collect’ basic words or expressions in other languages.
  • Lesson Ideas Borrowed words: Compile a list of words commonly used in English that have been borrowed from other languages.
  • Lesson Ideas Where does your name come from? Research the cultural origins of your first and last names. Do they have a meaning or story? Are there variations of your name in other languages eg John/Ivan/Giovanni/Johann?


  • Lesson Ideas Painting to music: Listen to a diversity of music styles and represent what you hear with different colours and brushstrokes to create an abstract piece.
  • Lesson Ideas Diverse dancing: Have members of the class demonstrate a dance they have learned. Teach some of the steps to classmates.
  • Lesson Ideas Movement to music: Listen to a diversity of music styles and represent what you hear through movement.
  • Lesson Ideas Class collage: Make a collage that represents the diversity of your class. Be open to the many different ways of doing this.
  • Lesson Ideas Self portrait: Mix paint to match, as closely as possible, the colour of your skin, hair and eyes. Paint a picture of your face aiming for realism in portraying your features.
  • Lesson Ideas Aussie art: investigate some of the many techniques used by Australian artists that have been drawn from different cultures eg dot painting, batik, mosaics, papier mache, origami etc.
  • Lesson Ideas Colour of culture: Find out what meaning or significance colours have in different cultures. Create a design in one colour reflecting what that colour means in a particular culture.
  • Lesson Ideas Building designs: Look at local buildings to find design features that have been inspired by different cultures/religions.
  • Lesson Ideas Everyone Belongs logo: Design a logo that shows that everyone belongs in your school, community or country.
  • Lesson Ideas Harmony Day banner: Create a banner to advertise Harmony Day and display it where parents and community can see it.
  • Lesson Ideas Musical tastes: Bring a piece of music that one of your parents likes and play it for the class. What are its origins?
  • Lesson Ideas Fashion designers: Research some Australian fashion designers. What is their background? Does it influence their designs?
  • Lesson Plans Body decorations: Students learn why people from a range of cultures decorate their bodies and are introduced to Indian (Hindu) customs of henna hand painting.
  • Lesson Plans Marvellous mosaics: Familiarises students with mosaic art as found in Muslim mosques and other cultural buildings.


  • Lesson Ideas Indigenous technology: Examine the scientific principles underlying traditional Australian Indigenous technologies eg boomerangs/flight.
  • Lesson Ideas Diverse nature: Look at ways that diversity exists and functions in ecosystems eg coral reef, rainforest, desert.
  • Lesson Ideas Bridging technology: Investigate how technology can help to bring people together and break down barriers.
  • Lesson Ideas Aussie scientists: Research some famous Australian scientists and their backgrounds.
  • Lesson Ideas Herb garden: Establish a class herb garden. What type of cuisine is each herb associated with? Use the herbs to prepare a dish eg herb bread.
  • Lesson Ideas Flora: Investigate the trees and plants in your school. How many are native to Australia? Where did the others come from?
  • Lesson Ideas Fauna: Investigate the birds, insects and other animals you see around your school. How many are native to Australia? Where did the others come from?


  • Lesson Ideas Family diversity: Give a talk about the people in your family and their heritage. How do they differ from each other?
  • Lesson Ideas Class museum: Create a museum of family objects, reflecting the diversity of the students in your class.
  • Lesson Ideas Two sides to every story: Write a short account of an event from two different points of view.
  • Lesson Ideas Local Indigenous Country: Find out the name of the traditional Indigenous custodians of the land on which your school is built. Include an ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ statement in your daily class routine.
  • Lesson Ideas Indigenous welcome: Have an elder from the local Indigenous people come to your school to do a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony and/or visit your classroom.
  • Lesson Ideas Architects: Research some Australian architects, or architects who have designed famous Australian buildings. What is their background? Does it influence their designs?


Health and physical education

  • Lesson Ideas Dinner last night: Do a survey of what everyone in your class had for dinner last night. Investigate the origins of all the dishes.
  • Lesson Ideas Aussie sports: What sports are played in Australia? Where did they originate?
  • Lesson Ideas Food alphabet: Using each letter in the alphabet as a first letter, make a list of foods available in Australia. Find out where each food came from.
  • Lesson Ideas Team mates: Choose an Australian sporting team. Research the heritage of each team member.
  • Lesson Ideas Alternative therapies: Identify some of the alternative medical or health therapies in Australia. Where did they originate?
  • Lesson Ideas Relax: Try some methods of relaxation that are practised in Australia (eg Tai Chi, yoga, meditation). What is their origin?


  • Lesson Ideas Bilingual counting: Get a bilingual classmate to teach you how to count to 10 in their other language.
  • Lesson Ideas Tessellations: What is tessellation? Find examples of tessellation from buildings reflecting different cultural and religious heritages.
  • Lesson Ideas School stats: Conduct a survey and develop some statistics about your school student population. Display them for everyone to see, or include them in the newsletter.
  • Lesson Ideas Stats and facts: Use the statistics from the latest Census (the Australian Bureau of Statistics) to find out some key information about Australia’s population eg most commonly spoken languages other than English, countries of birth. Compare these with your own area.
  • Lesson Ideas Diverse symbols: Ask your parents to write down the symbols they learned as children for the four basic maths operations. Compare them with your classmates. Are there any differences?

Values education, civics and citizenship education and religious education