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The Burke and Wills expedition provides a great opportunity for learners to engage with a major event in a way that crosses many areas of the curriculum. This page provides two education packages developed by the State Library of Victoria.

The first package provides lesson plans across five major curriculum areas: science, history, English, geography and art. These lessons are designed to meet the Victorian Essential Learning Standards, although they are easily adaptable to other frameworks. They are designed for use by students from year 7 to Year 10 (VELS Levels 5 and 6).  This package is presented as three files: a general introduction, a series of lesson plans with activity sheets, and a selection of primary sources.

A second package provides lesson plans for VELS Level 4 (Years 5 and 6), designed as an integrated unit across the curriculum. This package is presented as a single PDF.