Posted in Reading, Writing

BTN: History of the Alphabet

History of the Alphabet BTN story 12/9/17

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. 🙂 🙂

Posted in Numeracy, Reading

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 the device you are using to participate has a speaker 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! 🙂

Posted in Health, Reading

Sugar Tax, what do you think?


Sugar Tax BTN episode 29/3/16

Do you think we should have a tax on drinks with sugar? Why/Why not?

Work with a partner to investigate the following;

  1. What food and drinks do you consume that contain sugar?
  2. What are naturally occurring sugars?
  3. What are added sugars?
  4. How does sugar affect you? What changes do you notice when you eat sugar? Think about your energy levels, health, behaviour and sleep?
  5. What are some good things about sugar?
  6. What health problems are associated with a high sugar diet?

Record your research in your books and then post a quality comment by typing a paragraph with your findings. 

Posted in Reading, science

How is a rainbow made?

Before you watch the story, record what you know about rainbows.

How is a rainbow made? BTN story 8/8/2017

1. What does the BTN story explain?
2. Briefly explain what a rainbow is.
3. Sunlight is made up of __________ light which contains all the colours of the _________.
4. What happens when the sunlight hits the droplet?
5. What is refraction?
6. How many colours are there in a rainbow? Name the colours.
7. Why do the colours separate?
8. Why are the colours of a rainbow always in the same order?
9. What did you learn watching this story?

Posted in Reading

Fake News

BTN episode – Fake News: 29/11/2016

After watching the BTN episode post a quality comment answering the questions below.

  1. Give an example of a fake news story.
  2. Why are a lot of fake news stories created?
  3. Some are meant to deliberately trick people. Why?
  4. Why were experts worried about fake news stories during the US Presidential Election?
  5. What can readers do to be more aware of fake news stories?
  6. Why is it important to question everything you read online?
  7. What did you learn watching this story?
Posted in Reading

Links to find advertisements

WHAT? We are learning to analyse different persuasive techniques used in advertising.

WHY? This will help us understand what makes an effective advertisement.

How? I’ll be able to look at advertisements and record techniques used.

Choose six advertisements–two magazine/newspaper ads, two television commercials, and two internet-based advertisements—and explain how each uses pathos, logos, and ethos. Not every advertisement will use all three, but examine the ad carefully before you decide to write “none.” Also list any other strategies used. Refer to the definitions and examples from yesterday’s lesson for help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web Resources for Finding Example Advertisements

To find web-based advertising for a product, simply type the product’s brand name into the search engine of your choice.

Ads of the World

http://www.advertisementave.com/

Advertisements organized by seven different media.

Ad Flip

http://adflip.com/

Searchable database of classic print ads, including some modern advertising.

Ad*Access

http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adaccess/

Duke University’s database of newspaper and magazine ads from 1911 – 1955.

Coloribus Advertising Archive : Creative Ads

http://www.coloribus.com

A searchable archive of video advertising.

Posted in Reading, Writing

Year in review

Watch the BTN episode 2016 Year in review and then answer the questions below.

year-in-review

1. What do you think was the most interesting Aussie news event this year? Explain your answer.
2. Which world news story would you like to know more about? Why?
3. Which world news story had the biggest impact on you this year? Why?
4. Which story about kids did you find the most inspirational this year? Why?
5. If you were a rookie reporter, what would you report on?
6. What topics or issues would you like to see reported on BtN next year?
7. What do you think was the funniest moment on BtN this year?
8. What changes would you make to BtN?
Test your knowledge by taking this end of year quiz – Good luck!

Posted in Reading, Sustainability

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.

Posted in Reading, Writing

Reading an informative text

Today you will use the knowledge you have gained about Information Report text features and structure to help you read and answer questions in a text titled ‘Fashion Rules’.

(Source: http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/S5854/index.html)

Fashion rules!

Teenage boy wearing casual clothes Three female fashion models

Australian children think that fashion is important. And it’s not just the teenagers. Children as young as five now like wearing the latest styles. However, research shows that this is costing parents a lot of money.

In 2011, Australian parents spent an average of $550 on clothing for each child under the age of 12. This was an increase of 25% from 2010. Most of the increase has been caused by the purchase of trendy clothing, which is often more expensive. Sally Hayes is the manager of a large chain of Australian department stores. She says, ‘Children, especially girls, are no longer interested in wearing boring clothing. They like dressing in styles that are worn by pop stars and other celebrities. If they see something in a magazine or on the internet, they want to be able to buy it the next day. We supply what they want’. Recent favourites are short skirts, torn fabrics and high heels.

Boys are also keen to look the part. Boys prefer coloured jeans and t-shirts that are worn under open shirts. Adelaide mother Angela Jackson says, ‘My 10-year-old son is a keen skateboarder who wants to look like his skating heroes on television. As long as the clothing is comfortable, I am happy to buy it for him’.

Children’s health expert Dr Paul Telford worries about the amount of money that families are spending on their children’s clothes. ‘Many families are struggling to make ends meet,’ he says. ‘Parents tell me that they buy trendy clothes for their children because they want them to fit in with other kids. I think it would be better if children wore sensible clothes that did not cost too much. This would mean that families could spend their money on things that are more important, such as books and holidays together.’

Two of Australia’s biggest department stores predict that by 2016, families will be spending over a billion dollars every year on children’s clothing. The increase will be the result of more advertising on television and the internet that encourages kids to follow the latest fashions.

Read ‘Fashion rules’ then answer the questions in full sentences and with detailed answers.

  1. What does the text suggest about fashion?
  2. What does it say about boys? Girls?
  3. Angela Jackson says, ‘As long as the clothing is comfortable, I am happy to buy it for him.’ What does this suggests? Can you work out her attitude in what she says?
  4. Write 2 facts and 2 opinions from this text.
  5. Look for the reasons that Dr Telford gives for his opinion about kids’ fashions. What do you think are the words that best describe him?
  6. What is the importance of mathematics in this report?