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BTN (Behind The News) – GST Changes

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Click on the above link to view the BTN story and then answer the following questions on your iPad using the ‘Keynote’ app.

1. In your own words, describe what tax is.
2. What are taxes used for?
3. What does GST stand for?
4. Name three products that you don’t pay GST on.
5. Which products do you buy that have GST on them?
6. What is the difference between goods and services?
7. GST makes up ____% of the price we pay for things.
8. What changes might the government make to the GST?
9. Why is the government thinking of making the changes?
10. Name three things you learnt watching the GST Changes story.

After watching the BtN story on the GST, conduct your own research into Australia’s Goods & Services Tax. Record your findings onto another page of your Keynote presentation. Remember to reference where you found your information.

BTN (Behind The News) – Mentor Kids

Click on the link above and view the BtN story ‘Mentor Kids’. After you have watched it complete the tasks below.

Imagine you were a “Mentor Kid” at Apollo. You have been assigned to look after a new student who has recently come to Australia as a refugee. Think about what you might do with the new student and draw an illustration of the two of you doing the activity.

Extension: Think about some of the challenges that the new student might have coming to a new school in a new country. List these and come up with some ways you could make things easier for them.

BTN (Behind The News) – Levels of Government

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Levels of Government’. Once you have watched the film you need to answer the following comprehension questions in your language book. Remember to proof read and edit your work to check for correct spelling, punctuation and grammar!

1. What are the three levels of government in Australia?
2. What is the federal government responsible for? Give three
3. State government is responsible for…
4. What does local government look after?
5. Before federation the states governed themselves. True or false?
6. When and why were local governments introduced?
7. What happens when local, state and federal governments
8. Why do you think we need three levels of government in Australia?

BTN (Behind The News) – 50 Years of BtN – Timeline

Create your own timeline of the world events covered over the 5 decades BtN has been on the air using ‘Inspiration’.

Watch and pause this clip 

List the year and write a news HEADLINE for each event in Inspiration bubbles. Add an image to go with the event. Research further to write a descriptive paragraph for ONE event that particularly interests you.

Complete this quiz.

How did you go?

BTN (Behind The News) – Volcanoes Explained

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Volcanoes Explained’. After you’ve watched the story you need to answer the following questions in your language books.


  • Where in the world have we recently seen volcanic eruptions?
  • What does Volcan de Fuego mean?
  • Complete this sentence. The Volcan de Fuego sent _____ and molten _______ 10 kms into the air.
  • What impact have the volcanic eruptions had on people and the environment?
  • What is magma?
  • There aren’t any active volcanoes in Australia. True or false? Why/Why not?
  • What is the Ring of Fire?
  • Describe the difference between a Hawaiian eruption and a pyroclastic flow.


BTN (Behind The News) – Nepal Earthquake

Click on the link below to view the BtN story ‘Nepal Earthquake’. Once you have viewed the story you need to answer the following questions in your language book.

1. What magnitude was the earthquake in Nepal?
2. Describe the devastation the earthquake caused.
3. What is the top layer of the earth called?
4. What are tectonic plates?
5. Where do most earthquakes occur?
6. Tectonic plates often move at a very __________ rate.
7. Why are big earthquakes not as likely to occur in Australia?
8. What do people in Nepal need help with?
10. How did this story make you feel?

BTN (Behind The News) – Don’t Panic

Click on the link above to view the BtN clip on Natural Disasters ‘Don’t Panic’. Once you have viewed the clip you will need to answer the discussion questions into your language book.

Discussion Questions

1. Brainstorm a list of natural disasters.
2. Name the ABC science show that tested families in an emergency.
3. What does the Matthews’s family fill up with water to prepare their house for a bushfire?
a. Bath
b. Kitchen sink
c. Water tank
4. Why is it important to look online or check the radio during a natural disaster?
5. Why might kids be better at coping with a cyclone emergency than adults?
6. It is safe to drive through flood water. True or false?
7. Why is it important to have an emergency plan and be prepared for a disaster?
8. Make a list of items that you would put in a home emergency survival kit. Compare it to your survival kit you created at school.

BTN (Behind The News) – Floods

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

1. What areas have been affected by the floods?
2. What happens when a river bursts its banks?
3. How do experts predict where and when a flood is going to occur?
4. Why do people need time to prepare?
5. Why is flood water dangerous?
6. What do the floods mean for drought affected areas?
7. In your own words describe the damage caused by floods.

BTN (Behind The News) – Wild Weather

Click on the link below and watch the BTN story ‘Wild Weather’ then answer the questions below.

Focus Questions:
1. Summarise the Wild Weather story. (One paragraph)

2. What Australian states have recently been hit with extreme weather?

3. What types of extreme weather did these parts of Australia experience?

4. What is the name of the ex-tropical cyclone that recently hit the coast of Queensland?

5. Due to flooding thousands of people in Bundaberg recently had to ___________ their homes.

6. In the BtN story, Sarah wanted to find out why we are getting all this wild weather so she visited the Bureau of:
a. Meteorology b. Archaeology c. Astronomy

7. Why would you normally see more cyclones in summer?

8. What factors can increase the severity of a bushfire?

9. How did this story make you feel?

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