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Passion

Me and my passion are chips and dips,

that can’t be separated from me.

If I get lost in my dream,

it will help me fight through the darkness that tries to stop me.

But it won’t stop me,

because I got my passion.

When the day ends,

It’s just chips and dips that helps me fight through my dream,

and follow my dream.

Written by Nay Tha Thaw

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the sun smiles

As the sun smiles hotly for same few months,
As the land is dry.
There is no water for us to drink, well their came a day dark clouds gathered around.
Thunder strikes as the get’s burnt, animals run for their life’s as the ground rambles.
The king of the sky’s roars.
Hope fully the rain rains we’re saved by the rain as the clouds washes away and the lions roar.

Written by Kala

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Dangerous journeys to school

Many children throughout the world have to take the most incredible and unimaginable routes in order to receive the education that some of us may take for granted.


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Click here to see how determined some children can be when it comes to getting an education.

The solution might seem easy: build roads and bridges, buy buses and hire a driver. However, the lack of funds and recurring natural disasters in many countries make it difficult to provide children with the solutions they so desperately need. Written by Julija K (Bored Panda.com)

After looking at the 25 different journeys to school (see link above), write a snapshot (in your draft book) telling the story of one of these students going to school or write a snapshot of how you get to school. When your draft is completed revise, edit and then publish as a comment on this post.

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The great pet debate

What? We are learning to estimate and rank numbers in order.
Why? This will help us to work out the costs of owning a pet.
How? I’ll be able to work in a just right group to complete a brainstorming activity.

Discussion: Australia has one of the world’s highest rates of pet ownership per capita: 36% of households own dogs and 23% own cats. Why do people have pets? What sorts of animals are not suitable as pets? Why? Do you think owning a pet is ethical?

After watching the video brainstorm a list of costs involved in having a pet.

  1. Estimate how much each pet might cost to buy.
  2. Write the pets in order of cheapest to most expensive.
  3. Now brainstorm a list of other costs involved in having a pet. Financial costs may include: Food, an enclosure, equipment, registration, training, kennelling, vet’s fees.
  4. Once you have done this rank the costs in order from highest to lowest.
  5. Now research using netbooks/ipads and check actual costs against your estimations.

What did you find out today?
What questions do you have?
Which animal would you choose for a pet and why?

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Curing the plague! (and interpreting data…)

There’s been a plague in the Rio Olympic Village and it’s turning all the Olympians into weird monsters!

What? We are learning to Interpret data through comparing graphs.
Why? This will help us to understand how to read and compare different data sets
How? I’ll be able to complete the activity and write a quality blog comment to reflect on my learning

Click here to go to the game

Click on the link above and follow the instructions to help cure the plague! (Use headphones please)

Write a quality blog comment reflecting on your learning , answering these 3 questions:

1) What are tally marks used for?
2) How many different types of graphs can you name?
3) How do graphs help us to understand data?

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Reading Timetables

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What: We are learning to read and use timetables

Why: This will help us to never be late for anything!

How: I’ll be able to use my understanding of elapsed time to read timetables.

By: interpreting a timetable, looking at real timetables

 

Your task is to use the below link to find:

  1. How many different buses can you catch to Werribee Plaza from Werribee Train station?
  2. The best bus to catch to Werribee Plaza – what bus do you catch? Why? How long is the journey?
  3. You have to meet your friends and The Werribee Cinemas at 12:00. What bus would you catch from the train station?

Extension:

You need to get to Flinderstreet station by 9:00am. What train do you need to catch from Werribee?

Why do you think there are so many trains leaving from Werribee?

How are they different?

To explore Public Transport Timetables click here.

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Don’t Panic

What? We are learning about how to prepare for a disaster.

Why? This will help us be prepared for a disaster.

How? I will be able to put my best effort in to write detailed answers to the questions.

‘Don’t Panic’ BTN episode 26/11/2013

After watching the BTN episode answer the following questions and post as a comment below.

1. Name the ABC science show that tested families in an emergency.
2. What does the Matthews’s family fill up with water to prepare their house for a bushfire?
a. Bath      b. Kitchen sink    c. Water tank
3. Why is it important to look online or check the radio during a natural disaster?
4. Why might kids be better at coping with a cyclone emergency than adults?
5. It is safe to drive through flood water. True or false?
6. Why is it important to have an emergency plan and be prepared for a disaster?
7. Make a list of items that you would put in an emergency survival kit.
8. List your school evacuation areas.

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The Last Tree in the City

Last Tree in the City

‘Last Tree in the City’ is the story of a boy who lives in the city. Edward’s city is a place of concrete and cars, a world without colour, so every day he visits the last tree in the city and forgets the dull world around him. Then one day the tree is gone. Edward thinks of a clever way to revive his fallen tree, inspiring the entire city to follow his lead and understand that life is better with trees.

Click on the book cover to read as an eBook.

 

After reading the book answer the following questions with a partner;

1. After Edward planted his piece of tree in the tricycle, the story says, “Then something wonderful happened…” What is the wonderful thing that happened?

2. Why does everybody copy Edward at the end? How do the people feel now that the city is full of trees? How can trees make us happy?

3. What do you think Edward will do when his tricycle tree gets bigger and bigger?

4. How has the illustrator helped to tell the story with colour? Why is Edward and the tree bright throughout the book when the background and buildings are dull?

 

Your task: Draw or cut out pictures of bright trees, plants and flowers. Glue them onto an A4-sized piece of newspaper, or onto black paper use rectangular pieces of newspaper to represent buildings in the background.

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Refugee Week

Refugee Kids: 31/5/2011 BTN Episode

Choose one or more of the following activities to complete:

1. Which countries around the world resettle refugees and people in humanitarian need each year? What proportion does Australia accept? Display the information in a table.

These websites could help with finding your data;

UNHCR 2015 Global Statistics and Australia’s share in refugee protection

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre website

2. People don’t plan to become refugees. Usually circumstances beyond their control force them to flee. Imagine you had to flee your home in a hurry leaving your family and belongings to move to another country. Think about where you will go, how you will travel and what resources you will need. Write a story or draw a picture that describes the experience.

3. How does Australia help refugees? What support do they get to resettle? Work with a partner to find out what is being done and make a list of things that could be done to help refugees. What is done in your school or local community to help refugees resettle? Present your information to the class.

4. Explore how some refugees use art to tell their stories. The following website has artwork created by refugees. http://www.multiculturalaustralia.edu.au/learning/flashpaper/refugee_art.swf

Choose one artwork to respond to. What story does it tell about the artist’s experiences?

What did you find out?

What were you surprised by?

What questions do you still have?

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How are preferential votes counted?

What? Learning about how preferential votes are counted.
Why? This will help us understand how to calculate the votes for our own year 6 election.
How? I will be able to post a quality comment stating what I found out about the preferential voting system.

 

Click on the following link to work through steps 1 & 2 in the interactive to learn about how the preferential voting system works. Step 3 will be a useful tool after we hold the election.

Be sure to read all of the instructions as you go and you will also need some headphones too. 

Voting Tool – Interactive about preferential voting

What did you find out?

What questions do you still have?

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What is an electorate?

What? We are learning about what an electorate is.

Why? This will help us understand how our democracy system works.

How? I will be able to record key information as I watch the video and then answer the questions with a partner and post as a quality comment.

Watch the BTN story ‘What is an Electorate?’ and answer the following questions in pairs:

1. At election time, people vote for the ______________ who are running in their________________
2. What is an electorate?
3. How many federal electorates are there in Australia?
4. How many square kilometres does the electorate of Grayndler cover?
5. Which is the largest electorate in Australia? How many square kilometres does it cover?
6. How are electorates worked out?
7. Who are electorates named after?
8. What is a safe seat?
9. Why do politicians spend a lot of time campaigning in marginal seats?
10. What do you understand more clearly since watching the BtN story?

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Vote for the S.T.A.R.R.R Party!

Here is our Party’s speech Tyler presented at assembly.

Here is our speech:

S.T.A.R.R.R SPEECH!

Greetings, Werribee primary School. I am Tyler, leader of the STARRR party.

For your Information, STARR stands for:

Students That Achieve Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.

Vote for us, and you shall see this school TRANSFORMED.

Our slogan is:

STARR party is number 1,

You won’t regret were number 1.

Here are some of our ideas.

First off, Education and Training:

  • We will promote to make more workshops suggested by you, the people.
  • We can also put more safety on the iPads so we can protect you.
  • We will try to get a writing and technology club so we can improve your learning skills.
  • Also, for the iPads, we want you to suggest more appropriate iPads games that you can have a more fun time when you play the iPads.
  • If you guys have any more suggestions, please come to room fifteen.

Now for Sports:

  • Sport more times a week,
  • More Year 6 helpers when it comes to house sports,
  • We believe sport can be made safer in the playground. To achieve this we will place posters around the school to tell kids to play safe (for example – NO TACKLING).
  • Combining classes to help build school comradery.
  • Teach kids how to use sports equipment
  • We want a fundraising for new soccer goals
  • Have more sports clinics

Now from art:

  • Art club that we have thought of is called the VIA club (very, important, artists club). Second is the
  • Drama club called Da Drama club. We have made many plans and have thought of all of the ways to make them come true.
  • Art will be held in the art room at lunch times.
  • Drama club will be held in the Gym at lunch times.

Finally, Environment:

  • Cook fresh produce from garden reward, so if you help out on an event you get to cook and eat a meal from the garden
  • Fundraiser (gold coin donation and will decide what to do)
  • Container canteen
  • Garden monitors
  • Garden fences
  • Lights out day
  • Fix the toilets

And much more!

To wrap this up, I say to vote for the S.T.A.R.R.R party because we shall listen to your ideas, because we care for each and every one of you, and we shall respond. Because each and every one of you deserves to have their voices heard, and our Ministers and their teams will be ready for anything. Remember, we are the Stars of the year 6 Party election.

Thank you all for listening.

 

 

Please vote for us!


 

 

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Spinner Experiment

What: We are learning to predict possible outcomes in an experiment.

Why: This will help us to improve our ability to make predictions.

How: I’ll be able to conduct a chance experiment using a spinner.

In pairs, you will collaborate and negotiate to design and build your own spinner online, choosing how many parts you want your spinner divided into and the colours of each part.

  1. Predict what the outcomes would be if the spinner were to spin 10 times.
  2. Spin the spinner 10 times and record the results.
  3. Describe why the results may be the same or different to their predications.
  4. Share your ideas and discuss your strategies – recording them in their maths notebooks and post as a comment below.

spinner interactive pic

 

What influences the sector the spinner lands on? Chance or luck? Explain your answer. 

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The history of voting

What? We are learning about the history of voting in Australia.

Why? This will help us understand how our democracy system works.

How? I will be able to record key information as I watch the BTN episode and then answer the questions and post as a comment.

History of Voting – BTN episode

After watching the BTN episode on the history of voting answer the following questions and post as a comment below.

  1. When did women get the right to vote in Australia?
  2. When did all Indigenous people get the right to vote in federal elections?
  3. In which year did the voting age change from 21 to 18 years of age?
  4. Voting in Australia is not compulsory. True or false?
  5. Do you think the right to vote is important? Explain your answer.
  6. What was surprising about this story?
  7. Do you have any other questions or comments about the voting process?
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Levels of Government

What? We are learning about the levels of government in Australia.

Why? This will help us understand how our democracy system works.

How? I will be able to record key information as I watch the videos and then answer the questions and post as a quality comment.

BTN episode 31/5/16 – Levels of Government

Click on the link below to watch a 2.27 min video about the three levels of government in Australia.

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PEO website – Three levels of Government

 

 

 

After watching both the BTN episode and the video from PEO website answer the following questions. 

1.  What are the three levels of government?

2.  Why do we have three levels of government?

3.  Name some responsibilities of each level of government?

4.  What happens when local, state and federal governments disagree?

5.  Why do you think we need three levels of government in Australia?

6.  What was surprising for you?

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