Posts Tagged ‘Inquiry’

BTN (Behind The News) – Parliament House

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3830581.htm

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Parliament House’. Once you’ve watched the story you need to answer the comprehension questions in your Language book.

  • Don’t forget to proof read and edit your writing.
Discussion Questions
1. Where in Australia is Parliament House?
2. The House of Representatives is also known as the ________ house.
3. Apart from federal members who else can sit in the House of Representatives?
4. Describe the purpose of Question Time.
5. What does it mean when the speaker says ‘order’?
6. How many senators are there in the Senate?
a. 56
b. 76
c. 106
7. What happens in the Prime Minister’s sitting room?
8. How much does the flag on top of Parliament House weigh?
9. Describe what the Parliament House building is designed to look like.
10. Can you name two past Australian Prime Ministers?

Australian Prime Ministers Research Task

The role of the Australian Prime Minister is always in the news. So to gain an understanding of the role of the Prime Minister you are going to do some research. (Remember to use the appropriate research skills to navigate on google!)

1. How many Prime Ministers have we had in Australia?

2. Who was the Australia’s first Prime Minister and what was their starting and finishing dates in the role?

3. Who was Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister and how long were they in the role?

4. Who was Australia’s shortest serving Prime Minister and how long were the in the role?

5. How many different political parties have our Prime Ministers been leader of? What were the parties?

6. Name each of the Prime Ministers from your lifetime.

7. CHALLENGE TASK: Choose one Prime Minister and find out this information about them.

  • Date of Birth
  • Location of Birth
  • Where are they from?
  • What other jobs (outside of politics) did they do?
  • What other jobs in politics have they held?
  • How long were the PM?
  • What are they doing now? If they have died explain when.

BTN (Behind The News) – Martin Luther King

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3835714.htm

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Martin Luther King’. Once you have viewed the story you need to answer the comprehension questions into your language books. I want you to focus on taking your time and completing your neatest writing!

Questions
1. In Australia it is illegal to discriminate against someone because of their race. True or false?
2. What was Martin Luther King’s famous speech called?
3. What year did Martin Luther King make his “I Have a Dream” speech?
4. Martin Luther King was an American civil rights activist, what does this mean?
5. Give some examples of segregation that occurred in America in the 1950s.
6. In which American state was Martin Luther King born?
7. Martin Luther King led peaceful protests in the 1950s. What is a peaceful protest?
8. Name the Australian civil rights leader that was inspired by Martin Luther King.
9. When did segregation laws end in the United States?
10. What prestigious award did Martin Luther King win for his role in the Civil Rights Movement?

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.

http://www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/Home

https://www.banyule.vic.gov.au/Home

https://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/

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.

http://leader.smedia.com.au/diamond-valley/

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?

BTN (Behind The News) – Parliament Anniversary

https://www.abc.net.au/btn/classroom/parliament-anniversary/11073088

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Parliament Anniversary’. Once you’ve viewed the story you need to answer the following discussion questions in your language book. All questions need to be answered in FULL sentences.

  1. Complete this sentence. Before Federation, Australia was divided into 6 different British __________.
  2. What year did Australia become the Commonwealth of Australia?
  3. Who is the Head of State in Australia?
  4. Who was Australia’s first prime minister?
  5. In which city was Australia’s first Parliament House opened?
  6. Where is Australia’s current Parliament House?
  7. What year was Australia’s current Parliament House opened?
  8. Describe what Parliament House looks like.
  9. What did you learn watching the BTN story?

 

BTN (Behind The News) – Three Levels of Government

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4469199.htm

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
examples.
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
disagree?
8. Why do you think we need three levels of government in Australia?

BTN (Behind The News) – What is Democracy?

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4460249.htm

Before you view this BtN story you need to write what you already understand about democracy. Following that you will need to watch the BtN story ‘What is Democracy?’ and complete the following comprehension 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. What are the values that form the basis of democracy in Australia?
9. Give an example of another form of government.
10. What do you understand more clearly about democracy?

Finding the ‘Hidden Figures’

Task:

Using the websites below, you are to investigate one of the “human computers” represented in the movie Hidden Figures. In your Inquiry book, you are to write important facts about these women, and why they have become so famous.

Think about the information we used to create biographies in Term 3. Some information you might like to include is:

  • Name, date of birth and hometown of your chosen person
  • Occupation of your chosen person.
  • What role did your chosen woman play in the contribution to space?
  • Why was it so unusual for these women to be working on this type of project?
  • What was NASA working on at the time?

http://www.hiddenfigures.com/the-women-of-hidden-figures-nasa-and-naca/

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-black-women-mathematicians-who-helped-win-wars-and-send-astronauts-space-180960393/

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