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September 5, 2017
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Check List for Historical Fiction

  • I can write a historical fiction narrative set in Colonial Australia. It is based on facts and details, using historically accurate events.
  • I can develop a historically accurate colonial character.
  • I can use historically accurate vocabulary and write historically accurate descriptions.
  • I can organize a plot with events in an order that makes sense to my reader.
  • I can use transitional words and phrases to show the passage of time.
  • I can revise my narrative to add dialogue, to show characters’ thoughts and feelings.
  • I can create a compelling beginning to my historical fiction narrative that hooks the reader.
  • I can create an ending to my narrative that leaves the reader with a sense of completeness.
  • I can check my work for correct capitalization, correct spelling, correct punctuation at the ends of their sentences, correct conventions when writing dialogue.

August 22, 2017
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  • Using Images of the prison hulks(PDF, 330 KB), ask students in groups to examine one or more images of prison hulks on the Thames. Then, ask them to use Probing the prison hulks (PDF, 164 KB) to record the results of their examination of these sources. Once finished, groups should report their findings to the class.
  • Students explore the Port Cities web page Prison Hulks on the River Thames.
  • Ask: How does this information add to your understandings from the images? Where might this information have come from?

August 17, 2017
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Games:

https://wonderville.org/asset/poopower

https://wonderville.org/asset/urbanlandmanagement (word search)

https://wonderville.org/asset/wetlands-activity

https://wonderville.org/asset/waste-management-terms-2 (word search)

https://wonderville.org/asset/save-the-world

https://wonderville.org/asset/scienceseekersecosystemhealth

https://wonderville.org/asset/scienceseekerswaste

https://wonderville.org/asset/waterqualities-2

August 7, 2017
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Science Week Task

Last week we looked at the pieces of an apple to understand the ‘land where people can live, but do not necessarily grow the food needed for life’. (If you want to show your family this exercise go to: http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/cur/socstud/frame_found_sr2/tns/tn-31.pdf)

As we peeled away the skin we learnt how small the amount of the Earth’s land is that is suitable to grow food.

For the next step we want you to reflect on the activity and describe what we all can do to help conserve and improve soils. The following films highlight the importance of good soil and the role of a soil scientist.

http://splash.abc.net.au/home#!/media/104056/soil-healthy-dirt-makes-healthy-plants

https://open.abc.net.au/explore/44260

Schools can also play a part. Check out Darwin’s Girraween Primary School’s worm farm and how it has benefited their school. ‘How-to-Guide. Building a worm farm…it’s fun and easy!’.

For this year’s science week we want you to undertake some ‘scientific research’ in this important area of creating a more sustainable world. This means how do we use the Earth’s resources in a way that is fair, equal and will ensure they are there for future generations.

Think about Lucy’s world (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aQVQbGDojo&feature=youtu.be)

What solutions could you come up to attain a sustainable ‘Future Earth’ for children who live in places like Uganda. Ask yourself ‘What’s the one thing you would do to change the world and make it more sustainable?

Discuss the question with your family and friends, go online see what ideas others have. You’ll probably notice the different actions and responses could be grouped in areas similar to the following examples:

  • soil conservation ideas
  • water conservation ideas
  • sustainable ways to grow food
  • ideas to improve people’s health and well-being
  • ideas to change lives and the Earth

Using these ideas try to visualise a sustainable ‘Future Earth’. What might it look like? What might it sound like? How might it feel like?

What possible solutions can you come up with for achieving a sustainable ‘Future Earth’.

Finally we want you to present your solutions using a pop up display method called a ‘triorama’. Use this to tell others how they might help others work towards a sustainable ‘Future Earth’. In the top of the triorama your model a model to demonstrate, while at the base you place your words.

(Note: A simple triorama could consist of one triangle which shows one of your solutions. While you can also join four together to make a larger one showing several suggested solutions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYpRO6q3rX8)

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