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August 24, 2018
by leesclassroom

A useful site for finding information on the population numbers of the country you are researching is:


IndexMundi contains detailed country statistics, charts, and maps compiled from multiple sources. You can explore and analyze thousands of types of data.

August 20, 2018
by leesclassroom

List Of Countries For Term 3 Research Project


New Zealand – Declan Brazil – Elina
South Africa – Harrison Kenya- Gianni
Papua New Guinea – Adam Argentina – Kila
Peru – Michaela Chile – Brooklyn
Ethiopia – Olivia Nigeria – Noah
Ghana – Emerald Colombia  – Zac
Indonesia – Sophie Vanuatu – Aisha
Zimbabwe – Joseph Zambia – Adrian
Somalia – Amerie New Caledonia – Lucinda
Uruguay – Thanishq East Timor – Dalia
Bolivia – Alaska Uganda – Ruby
Morocco – Nadya Solomon Islands – Gemma


August 6, 2018
by leesclassroom

Student Generated Research Questions

Last week students worked in small groups to develop their research questions for the geography projects. This is not a complete list, students are welcome to come up with some of their own as well.

Sample Questions

Climate (Climate means what types of weather is in the country. Some examples are rainfall, temperature and seasons etc.):

What disasters usually occur in your country? How cold does it get in your country at night? How hot does it get in your country in the day? What is the highest temperature in your country? What’s the lowest temperature in your country? What is the normal temperature in your country? What are the seasons in your country? What order are the seasons in? How many litres of rain do they get each season in your country? Do they have different seasons from Australia in your country? When does the rain fall mostly in your country? Where is your coldest place in your country? Where is your warmest place in your country?

Flora (Plants, nature, environment, fruit, vegetables, flowers, grasses, bush, trees, petals, rain forests, forest, shrubs):

What type of flora is in your country? What is the most popular plant in your country? What is the biggest forest in your country? What is the tallest tree in your country? What is the oldest tree in your country? What is the tallest flower in your country? What is the smallest flower in your country? What is the most popular flower in your country? What is the most popular herbaceous plant in your country? What are the native plants in your country? What part of your country has the most plants? What is the plant life expectancy in your country? All of these questions with underwater plants.

Fauna (species, endangered species, different types of animals. For example: dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and goats):

Where do the animals live in your country? Where do they come from in your country? How many of each animal in your country?

Population (how many people are in a place or country and per square kilometre and how many people are spread out over a country or a place):

How many people are in …? What is the most populated city? In what year did they have the most population? What is the least populated city? How many people are there square kilometre? What is the age range? What is the age expectancy?

Landmarks/natural features (Landmarks can be natural elements. Land marks mean famous areas and a lot of them are cities and some of them can be places from the olden days.)

What is the most famous landmark in your country? What are all the natural landmarks in your country? What man made landmarks are in your country? Where are they located in your country? What area are they in your country?

May 29, 2018
by leesclassroom

Save The Egg Challenge

Today we begin working on our science project. Our challenge is – Can you design a bike or football helmet to withstand impact and reduce the likelihood of a brain injury? 


Students will be using their knowledge of forces acting on an object in a crash or fall, and apply a design process to develop a safe container for an egg that is dropped from a set height.

The design must:

  • Stay on the head.
  • Keep the skull from cracking.
  • Allow for the user to see through an opening at the front.
  • The helmet will be made from recycled materials.

Students will:

  • work in teams
  • solve design problems
  • make modifications, change ideas and maybe make
  • mistakes
  • use peer feedback to improve their designs using a design process like engineers and designers experiment, test, refine and try again

Throughout this process students will develop a folio of work that demonstrates their learning.


The two videos we looked at to help us understand why this is such an important issue were:



(Two points to note:

  • Even if helmets are worn, they don’t completely eliminate the risk. They could give the player a false sense of security and they could put their body on the line even more.
  • This is why it is important to follow MPPS’ no tackling rule)

May 14, 2018
by leesclassroom

Forces: Gravity

The force that pulls things to the ground on Earth (and other planets) is called gravity.

Gravity also holds Earth and the other planets in their orbits around the Sun.

Gravity is a very useful force – It keeps us on the Earth, and keeps the Earth and the other planets revolving around the Sun. It holds everything together, which is why it has been called  ‘The Universal Glue’.

Although the force of gravity also exists on the Moon  it is not as strong as it is here on Earth. This is because the Moon is much smaller than the Earth it is not as heavy as the Earth, and so gravity is much weaker there.

In the past people thought that heavier things fell faster than light things. Galileo, an Italian scientist from the 1600’s, conducted some experiments and found that things with different weight fell at approximately the same speed.











Below are the videos we looked at in class:

Defining Gravity: Crash Course Kids #4.1 

Down to Earth: Crash Course Kids #4.2 

The Spinning Ball experiment


Another resource is:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/edexcel_pre_2011/space/gravityforceandweightrev3.shtml (just this page) 


Some extension links:

Danger! Falling Objects: Crash Course Kids #32.1

Over (to) The Moon: Crash Course Kids #13.2

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