History of Toilets

Watch the following video to find out about the History of toilets. Record key information in your investigation books and then post a quality comment answering the questions below.
Answer the quiz once you have finished!

Click on the link to take the quiz!


How much do you know about toilets?

Preferential Voting

Preferential Voting

Do you understand how our school election will work? Watch the video and then answer the questions in your book, or in the comments below!

Link: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3835708.htm

1. After watching the BtN Preferential Voting story, explain how preferential voting works to another
2. For a political candidate to win their seat in an election they need to…
a. Win half the votes
b. Win half the votes plus one
c. Win 100% of the votes
3. What is the official name for someone that counts the votes in an election?
4. Not every country uses preferential voting. Can you name one?
5. Why are the advantages of a preferential voting system?
6. Why do minor parties prefer the preferential voting system?
7. What is the purpose of a “how to vote card”?
8. What is a polling booth?
9. Have you ever had to vote for someone or something? What was the process?
10. Can you name the three major Australian political parties? Who are their leaders? Writing 3 Comments

Marriage Postal Vote – BTN

What? We are learning to understand about the marriage postal vote.

Why? This will expand our knowledge about how the government makes laws.

How? I will be able to answer the questions about the marriage postal vote.

Marriage Postal Vote – BTN Story 15/08/2017

Work with a partner to discuss and answer the following questions and post as a quality comment below.
1. Discuss the BTN Marriage Postal Vote story. What points were raised in the discussion?
2. Finish the following sentence: A postal vote will soon be held to decide….
3. Why is the issue not being decided by a plebiscite?
4. In a plebiscite, voting is optional. True or false?
5. Does the result of a plebiscite or postal vote automatically change the law?
6. Why are supporters of same-sex marriage not happy with the government holding a postal vote?
7. About how much will a postal vote cost?
8. Who will have the final say about whether same-sex marriage becomes legal?
9. What questions do you have after watching this story?

What is Magna Carta?

Watch the following two videos and read the interactive to find out about Magna Carta. Record key information in your investigation books and then post a quality comment answering the questions below.

What is Magna Carta? Splash Website (3.33)

Open and read this interactive – record key information in your investigation books as you read. 

1. What did you learn about what the Magna Carta is?

2. Magna Carta is one of the most famous documents in the world. What does this mean?

3. Why was Magna Carta originally created?

4. Magna Carta has become a powerful symbol of our rights and freedoms. What do you think life would be like if Magna Carta didn’t exist?

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 answer the questions about the 3 levels of government.

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.


PEO website – Three levels of Government 

After watching both the BTN episode and the video from PEO website answer the following questions. You may need to do some further research to answer all of the 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. Which people (jobs) are connected with each level of government?

7. What sort of person do you think would make a good representative?

8. What was surprising for you?

Minecraft Playground

BTN Minecraft Playground

How cool is this Minecraft Park? Watch the video, and answer the questions in a comment below (or in your Learning To Be book).

1. What was the main point of the BtN story?
2. Some kids in South Australia are using Minecraft to design…
3. Who is running the competition?
4. What features are they including in their design?
5. How does Minecraft help them design their park?
6. What are some of the challenges designing a national park?
7. How are games like Minecraft similar to the programs that
landscape architects use?
8. What skills are the kids learning using Minecraft?
9. Why do the kids like being involved in the project?
10. What features would you include if you were designing a
national park?

History Of The Alphabet – Aitch NOT Haitch!

1. What did the BTN story explain?
2. When and where did the Phoenicians live?
3. What did their alphabet look like?
4. The Phoenician alphabet included both consonants and vowels. True or false?
5. What did the Greeks add to the alphabet?
6. Who spread the alphabet around Europe and England?
7. Which letters did the English include?
8. Different languages used different _______________.
9. Not all languages use the alphabet. Some use…
10. Name three things you learnt about the alphabet watching the BTN story

Extension: Today emojis are used in a similar way to hieroglyphs, communicating thoughts and ideas through images. Design your own set of emojis and include meanings for each emoji. Emoji characters can include facial expressions, hand gestures, objects, places and animals. Design a message, which can be displayed in our classroom. 🙂 🙂

BTN: Social Media Negativity

Social Media Negativity BTN story 6/6/2017 

  1. What did a recent survey in the UK ask young people to rate?
  2. Which social media app came out with the most negative score?
  3. YouTube rated badly for impact on…
  4. What positive impact was YouTube found to have?
  5. Do you use social media? If so, which ones?
  6. What did you learn watching the BTN story?
  7. What was surprising about the BTN story?


Up for a challenge?

Try out this code breaking challenge for students aged 8-13 years old.

The ponds of wonder: Code Breaker 

Will I need anything to participate?

Some of the challenges will need you to use your mind, others your eyes and ears. It would be a good idea to have the following items with you as you play:

A notebook and pencil – to write down the codes as you solve them.

A printer (optional) – to print out some of the challenge sheets to work out, (sometimes it’s easier to work on a sheet of paper instead of staring at a screen).

Make sure that you have some headphones as some of the challenges will involve you having to listen to some music.

The original competition for prizes has closed but you can still enjoy solving the puzzles and can earn certificates for passing levels.

Have fun! 🙂 

War On Waste!

BTN: War on waste school 27/6/2017

1. What was the main point of the BTN story?
2. What was the mission that the kids in the BTN story set themselves?
3. What inspired them to go on this mission?
4. Australia is one of the biggest producers of trash in the world. True or false?
5. What reusable items did the students buy?
6. What is nude food?
7. What are the benefits of having nude food at school?
8. What does your school already do to reuse and recycle?
9. How well do you know the 5 Rs?
10. How has your thinking changed since watching the BTN story?