When implementing this Literature Based Unit, we suggest reading at least a couple of the books recommended below. Activities are optional, feel free to choose whichever activities best suit your family.
We have endeavoured to select books that are likely to be accessible via your local libraries and don’t forget inter-library loans, we don’t want you to go into debt. We are not recommending you read all of these books.
We estimate it will take 3-5 weeks to read through this LBU and enjoy the activities of your choice relevant to your child’s age.
We have suggested books for all age groups, we recommend that your child reads at least one chapter book or a couple of picture books dependent on age.
Create your own personalised list by opening your book choice and simply clicking the wishlist button to add to your list.
*Wattle Gum Education: Literature Based Units – Captain Cook pdf
|Wishlist||Image||Name||Writers||Illustrators||Series||Tags||Curriculums||Target Age||Print Status||hf:tax:writer||hf:tax:illustrator||hf:tax:series||hf:tags||hf:tax:curriculum||hf:tax:target_age||hf:tax:print_status|
|Captain Cook||Levene, Rebecca||Cuzik, David||Usborne Famous Lives: Young Reading Series 3||1760-1770, Captain James Cook||7-10 Years||In Print||levene-rebecca||cuzik-david||usborne-famous-lives-young-reading-series-3||1760-1770 captain-james-cook||7-10-years||in-print|
|Captain Cook||MacLean, Alistair||Captain James Cook||AO Aust JD, AO9 Aust JD||Young Adult||In Print||maclean-alistair||captain-james-cook||ao-aust-jd ao9-aust-jd||young-adult||in-print|
|Captain Cook and the Endeavour||Lefroy, Mike||1760-1770, Captain James Cook||8-12 Years||In Print||lefroy-mike||1760-1770 captain-james-cook||8-12-years||in-print|
|Captain Cook Explores the South Seas||Sperry, Armstrong||Landmark||1760-1770, Captain James Cook||AO Aust JD, AO4 Aust JD||8-18 Years||Out Of Print||sperry-armstrong||landmark||1760-1770 captain-james-cook||ao-aust-jd ao4-aust-jd||8-18-years||out-of-print|
|Captain Cook’s Apprentice||Hill, Anthony||1760-1770, Captain James Cook||13-18 Years||eBook, In Print||hill-anthony||1760-1770 captain-james-cook||13-18-years||ebook in-print|
|Cook's Cook||Bishop, Gavin||Bishop, Gavin||Captain James Cook||5-12 Years||In Print||bishop-gavin||bishop-gavin||captain-james-cook||5-12-years||in-print|
|James Cook, Royal Navy||Finkel, George||Captain James Cook||AO Aust JD, AO Aust PD, AO4 Aust JD, AO4 Aust PD||8-14 Years||Out Of Print||finkel-george||captain-james-cook||ao-aust-jd ao-aust-pd ao4-aust-jd ao4-aust-pd||8-14-years||out-of-print|
|Meet... Captain Cook||Murdie, Rae||Nixon, Chris||Meet...||1760-1770, Captain James Cook||5-10 Years||In Print||murdie-rae||nixon-chris||meet||1760-1770 captain-james-cook||5-10-years||in-print|
|Sailing The Unknown: Around the World With Captain Cook||Rosen, Michael J||Pritelli, Maria Cristina||1760-1770, Captain James Cook||9-13 Years||Out Of Print||rosen-michael-j||pritelli-maria-cristina||1760-1770 captain-james-cook||9-13-years||out-of-print|
|Stowaway||Hesse, Karen||1760-1770, Captain James Cook||AO Aust JD, AO4 Aust JD||10-14 Years||In Print||hesse-karen||1760-1770 captain-james-cook||ao-aust-jd ao4-aust-jd||10-14-years||in-print|
|The Goat Who Sailed The World||French, Jackie||Animal Stars||1760-1770, Captain James Cook||8-12 Years||In Print||french-jackie||animal-stars||1760-1770 captain-james-cook||8-12-years||in-print|
|The Life of Captain James Cook||Beaglehole, J C||Captain James Cook||AO Aust JD, AO9 Aust JD||15-18 Years||In Print||beaglehole-j-c||captain-james-cook||ao-aust-jd ao9-aust-jd||15-18-years||in-print|
|The Story of Captain Cook||Lang, John||Robinson, W Heath||The Children's Heroes Series||1760-1770, Captain James Cook||8-14 Years||eBook, In Print||lang-john||robinson-w-heath||the-childrens-heroes-series||1760-1770 captain-james-cook||8-14-years||ebook in-print|
|This is Captain Cook||McCartney, Tania||Booth, Christina||1760-1770, Captain James Cook||2-5 Years||In Print||mccartney-tania||booth-christina||1760-1770 captain-james-cook||2-5-years||in-print|
|Tupaia, Isaac and Cook: The Search for the 'Great South Land'||Wilson, Mark||Wilson, Mark||1760-1770, Captain James Cook||6-10 Years||In Print||wilson-mark||wilson-mark||1760-1770 captain-james-cook||6-10-years||in-print|
|You Wouldn't Want To Explore With Captain Cook!||Bergin, Mark||Antram, David||1760-1770, Captain James Cook||5-10 Years||In Print||bergin-mark||antram-david||1760-1770 captain-james-cook||5-10-years||in-print|
Themes to Cover
- Nautical Terms; Longitude, Tides, Telescope.
- Historical Names; Captain Cook, Endeavour.
- Geography; Australian coastline.
- Cultural Awareness; First Nations.
‘Chart’ Cook’s three voyages in the Pacific. Use a different colour to represent each journey.
Select a youtube on Captain Cook and watch
STEM Research & Activities
- Look at longitude and tides what impact did this have on Cook’s journey
The Endeavour had scientists aboard including botanist Joseph Banks.
- Who was Joseph Banks?
- What was Captain Cook’s instructions regards the planetVenus?
Numerous plants were collected and animal observations were recorded throughout the Endeavour’s journey to Australia.
- Research and write about the ‘new discoveries.’
Language Arts Activities
Write a journal as if you were a cabin boy on cook’s voyage, either the journey, along Australian coastline
Design a timeline of Cook’s life
Further Research Areas & Discussion Questions
Today there is much discussion about the colonisation by Europeans in a land that was already occupied by our first Nations and yet was decalred Terra Nautlis.
- Read, reflect and, discuss your thoughts about this (older children)
Colour picture of Captain Cook (younger children)
Captain Cook used a Telescope
*Each unit is unique, this unit gives you a sample of what’s on offer
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