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August 7, 2017
by leesclassroom

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.



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)

July 20, 2017
by leesclassroom

Sharing Stories

Use the Sharing Stories website to explore some of the themes and motifs used by Indigenous Australians to retell their Dreamtime stories. Sharing Sto/.0 ries

Also – http://www.nt.gov.au/westmacs/stories/culture/all/118 (you will need to use internet explorer for this one)

Finally on youtube cheack out Dust Echoes, a series of animated Dreamtime stories: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3DH7vRUHRk

July 20, 2017
by leesclassroom

Today we began our unit on early Australian history by looking at some Dreamtime stories.

We learnt The Dreaming often translate as – ‘see and understand the law‘.

The Dreamtime explains the Aboriginal understanding of the world. It shares stories of the world’s creation, and it’s earliest stories. They explain the beginning of knowledge which became the laws of the land. In various ways they stress the importance of relationships between the land, animals and people.

Dreaming stories pass on important knowledge, cultural values and belief systems from generation to generation. This is done through song, dance, painting and storytelling.

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We also learnt about the importance of a particular creator ancestor for indigenous Victorians, Bunjil the Eagle.

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