Get the Facts on the Oceania Islands (Ancient History Topic 3, Lesson 2)

In Lesson 1 you had the opportunity to learn more about the food and art in ancient Oceania.

So you don’t miss out on anything in this lesson, use this quick checklist:

  • Play a vocabulary game
  • Watch the videos:
    • Early Polynesian people
    • Oceania Geography
    • How Oceania was populated
  • Do the map work in the student notebook


In lesson 1 you made vocabulary cards with the word and explanation on different cards.

Today and each day for the rest of the unit you will play a game with those cards. There are a few different games you can play.

Option 1: Memory Match Game

Put the cards face down in a grid. Turn over one card and try to find its matching card. Turn them both face down when you don’t find the match and put them in a pile to the side when you find the word and its definition. Continue until you have no cards left.

Option 2: Go Fish Vocabulary

Shuffle the flashcards together. Deal out seven cards to each person (2-person game). Ask for the cards you need and if the other person doesn’t have the card, draw from the remaining cards. Continue until all matches have been found.

Option 3: Headbandz Vocabulary

Each person will need a headband or baseball cap to play. Put a card with a word or definition in the other person’s headband or backward baseball cap so it points outwards. Then, try to get the person to guess the word or definition without using the word(s) or any part of it. Continue until all the words are used.

Watch the Videos

Watch this video on Polynesia:

Geography video:

Watch this video on how Oceania was populated

Oceania Map Work

Open the student notebook. Find and print the blank map of Oceania, then label it with the below information. Use the geography video, atlas, world map, and other resources to complete this.

Find these locations and use these colors to identify them:

  • Australia (red)
  • New Zealand (orange)
  • Polynesia (yellow)
  • Solomon Islands (blue)
  • Easter Island (purple)
  • Micronesia (grey)

Then find the locations below and put a star on them (draw or stickers) and write each next to the star:

  • Rapa Nui
  • Fiji
  • Easter Island
  • Samoa

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