Posted in Government

3 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. 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?

Posted in Government

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?

Posted in 6K, Government

Vote for the #OWL Party!

Posted in Government

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?

Posted in Government, History

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?
Posted in Government

Vote for the #OWL Party

Congratulations to all of 6S for contributing to a very persuasive campaign speech. 🙂 🙂

Well done Jorja on fantastic presentation of the speech! (sorry that the filming wasn’t top rate!)

Posted in Government, History

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?

Posted in Australian history, Government

What is Democracy?

What? We a learning to understand what Democracy is.

Why? This will help us to understand Australia’s form of government.

How? I will be able to show my best efforts at recording key information and answer the questions.

  1. Before you watch the BtN story, record what you know about democracy.
  2. What happened in ancient Greece that led to people wanting a say in decision making?
  3. The word `democracy’ comes from which two words?
  4. Monarchies became popular in the Middle Ages. Explain what a monarchy is.
  5. Why was Magna Carta an important document?
  6. In Australia we have something called a ________________ democracy.
  7. Who represents us in parliament?
  8. Give an example of another form of government.
  9. What do you understand more clearly about democracy?
  10. What questions do you still have? (How could you find the answers to your questions?)

BTN episode – What is Democracy?

Take a look at this fun and engaging infographic, The Story of Our Freedom, to get a picture of the origins of democracy and how it has influenced our rights and freedoms today.

Copy and paste the questions into word to answer and then post your completed answers as a comment below.

Posted in Government, History

Who impacted the Federation of Australia?

What? (we are learning to): Find out about a key person in Australia’s Federation.

Why?(this will): Help us have a deeper understanding Australia’s history.

How? (I’ll be able to): Research and explain the impact an individual had on Australia’s Federation.

Choose a key person in Federation history and research the answers to the following questions.

Alfred Deakin (1856-1919)

http://primeministers.naa.gov.au

Who was Alfred Deakin? Give a brief summary.
Where was he born?
What were Alfred Deakin’s views about Federation?
What significant things happened when Deakin was Prime Minister?

 

 

Henry Parkes (1815 – 1895)

http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au

Why was Henry Parks known as the `Father of Federation’?
What was his famous speech `The Tenterfield Address’ about?
What is significant about the date of Parkes’ death?
Why do you think Parkes is referred to as one of the most significant politicians in Australian history?

 

 

Edmund Barton (1849-1920) 

http://primeministers.naa.gov.au

Edmund Barton was Australia’s first…

What contribution did Barton make to Federation?

What is an interesting fact about Edmund Barton?

 

 

Useful links for your research:

Behind the News – Constitution http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3939299.htm

Parliamentary Education Office – Federation http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/federation.html

Federation explained – ABC Splash video http://splash.abc.net.au/home#!/media/1961881/Federation-explained 

An Ideal City – A nation needs a capital http://www.idealcity.org.au/a_nation_needs-1.html

Australian Dictionary of Biography – Henry Parkes http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/parkes-sir-henry-4366

Civics and Citizenship Education – Henry Parkes http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/parkes,9158.html

Civics and Citizenship Education – Alfred Deakin http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/deakin,9127.html

National Museum of Australia – Alfred Deakin http://www.nma.gov.au/primeministers/alfred_deakin

Civics and Citizenship Education – Edmund Barton http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/barton,9076.html

Fast facts – Australia’s Prime Ministers – Edmund Barton http://primeministers.naa.gov.au/primeministers/barton/fast-facts.aspx

 

Copy the questions for your chosen person into word.

When you have finished your research post your answers as a comment below. Happy researching 🙂 

Remember – make sure you type the answers in your own words, do not copy and paste from webpages.