Posts Tagged ‘Inquiry’

Literacy Task – The Planets

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

Questions: (To be completed in your Language Books)

  1. Why do you think Uranus and Neptune were the last planets to be discovered?
  2. Using the written and visual information on these cards and your own knowledge, write a brief definition of what a planet is.
  3. There are currently 8 planets in our solar system, but there used to be 9! What happened to Pluto?
  4. Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, but Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system. Why do you think this is the case?
  5. For each of the 8 planets in our solar system write one or two facts about it.


BTN (Behind The News) – Visiting Pluto

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Visiting Pluto’. Once you’ve viewed the story you need to answer the following comprehension questions in your language book.

  1. What is the name of the spacecraft that took photos of Pluto?
  2. Pluto was first discovered in…
  3. What do scientists know about Pluto?
  4. Why is it called a dwarf planet?
  5. When was the spacecraft launched?
  6. What interesting things are on board the spacecraft?
  7. New Horizons is the fastest spacecraft NASA has ever built. True or false?
  8. Write a question you would like to know the answer to about Pluto.

Literacy: Glossary Task

A glossary is an alphabetical list of terms about a particular topic that also provides the definitions for those terms. Traditionally, a glossary appears at the end of a book and includes terms within that book that are either newly introduced or uncommon.

Using these words, related to our Science unit, create your own glossary in your Language book.

planet, moon, star, orbit, energy, movement, space, solar, atmosphere, axis, scale, environment

Remember that our glossary definitions need to relate to our Science inquiry unit!

BTN (Behind The News) – Understanding Space

Click on the link above and view the BtN story ‘Understanding Space’. Once you’ve watched the story you need to complete the following comprehension questions in your language book.

  1. What is the BTN story investigating?
  2. How many planets are there in our solar system?
  3. Our solar system is just one of more than ________solar systems in the Milky Way.
  4. Finish the following sentence: The Milky Way is just one of hundreds of billions of…
  5. Where does Martin work?
  6. How does Martin explain the centre of the universe?
  7. How is space like the surface of a balloon?
  8. What was surprising about this story?
  9. Name three things you learnt watching this story.

Leadership Presentation

This task is to research, prepare and present a 2 – 3 minute prepared speech for the class.Your talk must be informative, well researched, carefully prepared using palm cards with 1 recording of your speech on your iPad.Choose a topic that interests you and use a number of resources to inform you.

leadership timeline

Scroll along the timeline and find an event to investigate.  The picture above is a screen capture from the timeline. I have used this as an example of an event you may wish to investigate further. Choose something that is of interest to you and be prepared to ‘tell’ not read about your chosen event to the grade. Your iPad is to be used for research not publishing. You may need to visit other sites to gather more information about your event.

BTN (Behind The News) – Parliament House

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?

BTN (Behind The News) – Australian Prime Ministers

Once you have viewed this BtN story you need to summarise (in your own words of course!) what this story was about. Your summary should be detailed (like your summaries in your Literature Circles books) and should include paragraphs. It should also include the answer to some (not all) of the questions below.

How many years was Robert Menzies Australia’s prime minister?
Robert Menzies was best known for starting the Labor Party. True or false?
What big changes did John Howard make while he was prime minister?
In what decade was Bob Hawke prime minister?
a. 70s
b. 80s
c. 90s
Complete this sentence. Bob Hawke has gained the highest public _________ poll rating of a prime minster ever.
Who challenged Bob Hawke’s leadership?
What is a ‘leadership spill’?
Give an example of a prime minister that has had their leadership challenged.
What happened to prime minister Harold Holt?
How did Gough Whitlam lose his job as Australia’s prime minister?

You can write your summary into your language book.

Preferential Voting

Preferential Voting

Just to remind you of the preferential voting system you can watch these clips again if you wish.

Your task this week is to put together your own voting slip to determine

your peers’ preferences on a particular item.

You could do footy teams, favourite movies/ songs/ footwear/ hobbies/

animals/ sporting legends…… original as we don’t want 20 of the same survey.

Use this link to create your own ballot form- remembering to change the number of preferences if you like.

  make your selection of ‘candidates’- flavours, sports, songs, people etc.   Then select ‘Create ballot paper’


We will share your voting slips to work out the resulted.

Using the preferential voting system you may be surprised by the outcomes.


BTN (Behind The News) – PM Scott Morrison

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘PM Scott Morrison’ then answer the following questions in your language book.

1. Before you watch the BTN story, record what you know about Scott Morrison.
2. Who was the Prime Minister before Scott Morrison?
3. What positions did Scott Morrison hold before he became Prime Minister?
4. Scott Morrison is our ________ Prime Minister in Australia?
5. How many PM’s have we had in 5 years?
6. Who chooses the leader of a political party?
7. Which politician started the challenge for the leadership?
8. Name three facts you learnt about Scott Morrison.
9. What questions do you have after watching the BTN story?
10. Do you agree with the decision to make Scott Morrison Prime Minister? Explain your answer.

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