5 Meaningful and Simple ANZAC Day Lessons

ANZAC Day is commemorated in Australia on the 25th of April every year. Although it is a public holiday nationwide, it is important that the teaching and learning opportunity about ANZAC Day isn’t missed in our classrooms. From Kindergarten onwards, we must be teaching our students about the history, cultural significance and meaning of ANZAC Day.

Here are a few ways we have engaged our students in ANZAC Day lessons over the years that may be helpful for you when planning.


5 ANZAC Day Lesson Ideas:

Pull out the Poppies of Anzac Day

Make poppies to pin on student’s lapel/collar for your school or home ANZAC day ceremony (Teacher Tip: We like to laminate them and reuse them for Remembrance Day in November). While students are making or colouring poppies to wear, why not ask them to do a few extras and create a class wreath.



If you are looking for more poppy inspiration, check out our blog post that explains 6 different poppy learning activities.  


Immerse in Stories

Nothing illustrates an idea to children more than reading to them. There are some wonderful picture books out there that will help you explain to your students the meaning of ANZAC Day. We recommend:

  • Meet… the ANZACS By Claire Saxby

  • Lest We Forget By Kerrie Brown

  • ANZAC Biscuits By Phil Cummings & Owen Swan

  • Anzac Ted by Mike McLeish

  • I was Only Nineteen by John Schumann

  • One Minute Silence By David Metzenthen



This video from Behind the News also explains the meaning of the day in a student-friendly way.


Introduce Gratitude

Discuss why we are so lucky in Australia and how events in the past have made this possible. Introduce the term ‘gratitude’ and ask students to reflect on what they are grateful for in their lives.

Anzac Day Poppy lesson


Get Creative

Once your students have a good understanding of ANZAC Day, creative activities and lessons are always the ones that students remembered. Try:

  • Baking ANZAC Day Biccies with your class

  • Designing a medal of courage or war memorial

  • Writing a letter of thanks to those who have served or serving our country

  • Design and make mini ANZAC wreaths


Discovering ANZAC Day Vocab

There are many topic specific words used when teaching about the history of ANZAC Day. Such vocabulary is necessary to assist  students in better understanding the history and meaning behind the day.

  • Create a word wall

  • Have students add to your class dictionary or their personal dictionary.

  • Write a poem about ANZAC Day.

  • Complete a word search. We’ve made a free version for you!


How do you celebrate ANZAC Day in your classroom? We would love to hear any creative ideas you’d like to share with our community. We encourage educators to share their innovative approaches and experiences on our Instagram or Facebook. Together, we can enrich the learning journey for our students and honour the legacy of those who served.

Looking for ready to print ANZAC Day recourses for your classroom? Click below! We have versions for our NZ friends too!

ANZAC Day Pack Kinder

ANZAC Day Pack Years 1-2

ANZAC Day Pack Years 3-4

ANZAC Day Pack Years 5-6

New Zealand Version – Year 1

New Zealand Version – Years 2-3

New Zealand Version – Years 4-6


Here are some of our other ANZAC Day resources for you to also check out.

Anzac Day Poppy Display

Click here for our ANZAC Day 3D Display resource



Click here for our ANZAC Day Flip Book



Click here  for our FREE ANZAC Day Word Search



What to read next:

6 Meaningful Ways to Feature the Poppy in your classroom

12 Months of Incredible Free Resources for Teachers

A Beautiful ANZAC Day Display for your Classroom or School




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