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  1. Term 4 Space Unit

    October 5, 2016 by Mr Richo

    What is out there in space?

    1.Roles- Speaker, Director, Manager. (We will be making these today)

    You will wear a lanyard for each science lesson. Share the different roles within your


    2. Set up our Science Journals in our scrap books. (Leave a blank page at the start)

    A lot of activities in this unit will require hand drawn diagrams and sketches so date all of your entries in this book and give each page a heading.

    3. NIGHT AND DAY ACTIVITY- What do you think? Working in your groups complete the activity DAY AND NIGHT which makes 3 claims.


    a. The Sun goes around the Earth once a day

    b. The Earth goes around the Sun once a day

    c. The Earth spins around once a day

    1.  Draw a labelled scientific diagram (grey lead or black fine liner only with the title ‘Spinning in space’ in your science journals.
    2. Record your ideas about :

    – The size and shape of the Sun, Earth and Moon

    – The position of the Sun, Earth and Moon and

    – how the Sun, Earth and Moon might move in space

    You might show their movements  by lines with arrows or turning arrows.

    2. Once you have created a labelled diagram share it with a partner.

    To be continued…….


  2. Part Two – Group Disaster task

    June 8, 2016 by Mr Richo


    Natural Disaster: what is the natural disaster that affects your area? Research what causes your natural disaster.

    News Article/Report:  create a news headline article or news report documenting your natural disaster. You can use the newspaper template on Pages or video your report on iMovie. Include a picture of your natural disaster, name your newspaper in relation to your area (eg. Melbourne Times) and document what happened.

    Disaster Recovery Kit: what are the items that you will include in your disaster recovery kit? Think about what the three of you had listed for homework last week. Encourage your group members to bring along real items from home or magazine pictures to represent your items (please ask your parents if you are bringing items from home!).

  3. Disaster – Group assignment

    June 8, 2016 by Mr Richo

    WEEK 9





    Map: produce a map of your disaster affected area. Your map could be a coastal, desert or city area – think about the geographical features of your area – your area should coincide with your natural disaster.  Draw infrastructure on your map – think about what you need in terms of surviving a natural disaster. You will need to get your map off Google Maps.

    Population: what is the population of your town/area? What are the dwellings that people live in? Where do the people in the area live?  Have a look at this website for some ideas of the number of people per city/suburb/state:

    Communication: how will people communicate in the event of an emergency?

    Resources available: what are the resources available in the event of an emergency? What can you provide? Who can you call if no one in your town can help?

    Disaster recovery/ad for event of emergency:  how will you notify those around you about the disaster?

  4. History Cartoon Strip

    March 17, 2016 by Mr Richo

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  5. Becoming a Nation – Eureka Stockade

    February 29, 2016 by Mr Richo


    Answer these in your reading book. I would really like to see you express your opinions.

    Who came to the  Victorian goldfields?

    Why was the 30 shilling licence fee so unfair?

    What were the casualties that resulted from the battle?

    What was the outcome for the miners?

    Was it all worth it?

  6. Becoming a nation – money

    February 29, 2016 by Mr Richo

    Australian money and the relationship to our Inquiry.

    What does our Inquiry Question – ‘How did Australia become a nation?’ have to do with our money?

    Before you begin you will need to investigate whether our money has changed over time. Have our notes always been the same as they are today? We know they are now made from plastic rather than paper, but are the people on the notes still the same? The links below will help you answer these questions.

    You are going to organise our $notes onto a historical time line (You can use present and past $notes). Use research about the famous Australians on the notes to help you match them to a specific time- you will read lots of dates in their biographies so select a specific date that fits within our 1801-1901 investigation. Select a date that ties them to a contribution they made to our nation. Catherine Helen Spence for example is on the back of the five dollar note and a significant year for her was 1846 when she opened her first school.

    Hang’ the note on your time line and attach a brief ‘bio’ of each person below the note.

    Suggested Resources include ‘Famous Australians’ and the link to the Reserve Bank Australia

    Australian money    (current notes)

    money notes from the past  (commemorative and paper notes)

    All of these Australians have made a great contribution to Australia in one way or another. It is your job to find our what these contributions have been and present your information in a timeline format.

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