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?
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.
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?
For the beginning of our inquiry unit we got onto the Australian Bureau of Statistics ‘Spotlight’ website and researched the statistics shown and how they linked to us.
The website is below.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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. You will be ‘publishing’ an entry for our class timeline. It will be on an A4 piece of cover paper and form part of a banner for the classroom. 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.
Your heading needs to include the date.
Once you have located an article that discusses local government or local government issues, take a photo of the article using your iPad.
For each article you photograph, place into a drawing app and highlight the main issue and any reference to local council.
As part of our focus this week on the three levels of Government you need to read and respond to these two activities into your language book.
TASK 1: Read the information on the activity linked below. After reading the information you need to answer the class discussion questions on the final page.
3 Levels of Government Task 1
TASK 2: Read each of the Government responsibilities and choose which level of Government is responsible for each.
3 Levels Final Activity