BTN (Behind The News) – Armistice 100 Years

Click on the link below to view the BtN story of your choice.

TASK ONE – Once you have watched the story to will need to click on the link for the discussion questions and then answer the questions in your language book.

TASK TWO – Choose a second story that interests you and write a summary of the BtN explaining what the story is about, why is this significant and also concluding with your own feelings on focus of the story.

Mars One


During your excursion to the Victorian Space Centre you will be a part of the MARS EXPERIENCE. You will communicate with Mars from Mission Control.

Before you head off on your excursion you need to do some research into MARS.


SLIDE 1 – Add an image of MARS


(On your Keynote screen capture each poster showing the different jobs you may apply for on the Mars Mission). Once you have selected a job write a brief job description of your role.

SLIDE 3 – Follow the Mars Rover- screen capture an image showing as many components as possible- label them

SLIDE 4- 10 Facts about Mars


Screen capture your postcard for your Keynote

SLIDE 6- PACK YOUR BACKPACK- what personal items would you take with you – remembering you will not  be returning!!!!!

SLIDE 7- You will be a part of a team of 4. Make a list of the scientists needed on Mars. Which ‘ists’ will you take with you?   E.G. biologist – study……

SLIDE 8- Compare Mars with other planets- screen capture each comparison.

SLIDE 9 – Mars Rovers –

Using the information from the link above write a paragraph about each rover and it’s specialty.

SLIDE 10 – Final Slide – What other information do you believe you need to include? Weather? Atmosphere? Distance from other planets? Date discovered? Any other important information?

SLIDE 11 – Write a reflection of your experience on our recent excursion to the VSSEC. What did you enjoy? Write about each task that you did to explain it to someone who hasn’t been there.

The link below answers many questions about the MARS ONE PROJECT



BTN (Behind The News) – Space Effects

Click on the link below to view the BtN film ‘Space Effects’.

Answer the following questions neatly and carefully using full sentences in your Language books.

1.What was the main point of the Space Effects story?
2.How long was Scott Kelly in space?
3.Where did he live while he was in space?
4.What interesting things did Scott take into space?
5.How much taller was Scott when he returned from space? Why
was he taller?
6.Why do astronauts lose bone and muscle mass in space?
7.What do they do to strengthen bones and muscles while they
are in space?
8.Would you like to spend a year in space? Why or why not?
When you have answered the questions above then you can watch these BTN Space clips.
Find out more about Scott Kelly-click on the link below.
So how do you keep yourself busy in space?

Partial Lunar Eclipse (Herald Sun) Activity

Activity 1. Eclipse excitement

After reading the article about the partial lunar eclipse, answer the following questions in as much detail as possible and in your own words in your language book. PROOF READ & EDIT when completed.

• When did the partial eclipse occur?

• Which countries could see the eclipse?

How much of the moon was obscured?

• When does an eclipse occur?

• When do we get to see the eclipse?

• How long does the eclipse last?

Literacy Task: Orbits

View each of the images, below, displaying information about ‘Orbits’. Read all of the information and answer the following comprehension questions.

Complete the following comprehension questions into your Language books.

  1. Explain, in your own words,  why objects in our solar system orbit the sun.
  2. Describe the Earth’s orbit.
  3. What is the name used to describe objects in space that orbit?
  4. What keeps the planets in their obit patterns?
  5. Draw a diagram that displays the orbit of Mercury, Venus and Earth. Make sure you label your diagram.

BTN (Behind The News) – Moon Landing

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Moon Landing’. Once you have watched the clip you need to answer the following comprehension questions in your language book.

  1. How many people watched the moon landing on television?
  2. What do you think is meant by the statement “It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”?
  3. What promise did US President John F. Kennedy make?
  4. Why was going to the moon more complicated than going into orbit?
  5. What role did Australia play in the mission?
  6. Why is the United States planning to send people back to the moon?
  7. Do you think it is money well spent? Explain your answer.
  8. Why do you think the moon landing will be remembered as one of the biggest achievements of all time?

NASA Sun Announcement Activity

Read the story and answer these questions in your language book.

i. Where is the Parker Solar Probe traveling to?

ii. Why has it taken so long to send this mission?

iii. How close to the sun will the probe travel?

iv. How hot will it get?

v. What will protect the probe?

vi. What do the scientists want to learn from the mission?

Literacy Task: Jupiter

View each of the images, below, displaying information about ‘Orbits’. Read all of the information and answer the following comprehension questions.

Complete the following comprehension questions into your Language books.

  1. Why do you think no humans have visited Jupiter?
  2. Why do you think the Galilean moons were the first to be discovered?
  3. True or False – Jupiter, like Saturn, also has rings? Give an explanation for your answer.
  4. Which two gases make up Jupiter? As a result of these two gases, what is Jupiter called?
  5. Explain why you believe that Jupiter is colder than Earth.

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