Posts Tagged ‘Inquiry’

Local Government – Leader Newspaper

Using the most recent copy of the Leader Newspaper you need to look for an article that relates to our local government. You need to read this article and then respond to the following questions.

1. Write a short summary (2-3) paragraphs about the article.

2. Explain what the issue is for the local community.

3. Which level of government is responsible for this?

3. What is the government doing to resolve the issue?

4. Do you agree/disagree with how the issue is being dealt with? Why/Why not?

5. If you were a member of the government responsible, how would you resolve the problem?

Local Government Research Task

 You have new neighbours living next door and they are completely new to the area. They have asked you for assistance and it is your job to come up with all the essential information they need for your area. Your new neighbours the Bryce family are a family of 6, Mum Sally (who is pregnant with a baby due soon) and Dad Larry, 13 year old Frank, 8 year old Mya, 4 year old Gus and Grandma Zinia.

Your local council is responsible for many of the services that the Bryce family will need. These services may include rubbish collection, kindergartens, senior-citizen services etc. Using the website of your local council, collect all the information you can for the Bryce family.

Local Council Services & Responsibilities

Visit the Nillumbik Council Website and make a list of the services offered by the Council.

Can you identify any services that you or your family have used?

What are some of the issues that a Local Council might have to deal with? (e.g. parking, rubbish, pets).


Extension: visit the websites of some other councils (Whittlesea Shire Council, Banyule Council, Manningham Council) and compare the services offered by these councils to Nillumbik. Are there similarities? Differences? Can you think of any reasons why the services offered might be different?

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.

Kids News – World Remembers Nelson Mandela

Click on the link below to view the text of the Kids News story ‘World Remembers Nelson Mandela’. You need to read the story and answer the following 5 comprehension questions at the end of the text in your language book.

1. What date is Nelson Mandela Day?

2. What is the name of the peace prize mentioned in the story? Who did Mr Mandela share it with?

3. What did Mr Obama say at the funeral eulogy?

4. Who is the current president of South Africa?

5. What did the World Bank report say about South Africa?

Once you have completed the 5 comprehension questions you will also need to answer the following extension question into your workbook.

Nelson Mandela worked to help South African children go to school. Why is it important all children have the chance to go to school?

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?

Australian Natural Disasters Mapping Activity

For this activity you need to research some Australian Natural Disasters and record your findings on the A3 sheet provided.

The information you need to find and record on your map of Australia are:

* Type of Natural Disaster and it’s location.

* What was the name of the disaster? EG: Cyclone Tracey

* What was the date of the disaster?

* What damage did the disaster cause? (This includes both fatalities and injuries and also the cost to re-build

* Any other information you can find.

Here are some links that may assist you.–13


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.


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