AUSTRALIA’S NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES

We learnt about geography characteristics of place the other day.  Here you can move your mouse over the picture and see some of these characteristics revealed…

WAYOUTTHEREWORLDS

Today you will be making posters about different countries which are near to Australia.

Use the website (created by another teacher below) which will take you to your video for your country and website links.
These things have to appear on your poster:

  • NAME OF COUNTRY
  • CAPITAL CITY
  • POPULATION
  • CLIMATE
  • LANGUAGES SPOKEN
  • CURRENCY USED (MONEY)
  • DRAW YOUR OWN FLAG
  • IMAGE OR DRAW A NATIVE CREATURE FOUND THERE (animal and/or bird- say what it is)
  • INCLUDE A MAP OF THE COUNTRY
  • IMAGES FOR FOOD
  • IMAGE FOR TRADITIONAL HOUSES
  • IMAGE FOR SCHOOLS
  • IMAGES FOR TRADITIONAL FOOD

TRY TO USE COLOUR AND WRITE YOUR OWN HEADINGS TO MAKE IT EYE-CATCHING AND PERSONAL !

[Here are a couple of posters done by Room 7 students…]


This is your link if you are doing:

ENTER WEBSITE FOR AUSTRALIA’S NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES HERE (click here)

  • FIJI,
  • PAPUA NEW GUINEA,
  • NEW ZEALAND or
  • INDONESIA.

You can also use the links you find there and look for your country when you get to the website, plus these two websites with lots of the information you need:


This is your link if you are doing VANUATU:

Watch the video and have your pencil ready to make notes:

Other websites:

  1. DUCKSTERS
  2. KIDZSEARCH

This is your link if you are doing TIMOR:

Watch the video and have your pencil ready to make notes:

2. VIDEO – SHOWS NATURE AND LANDSCAPE

Other websites:

  1. DUCKSTERS
  2. FACT MONSTER
  3. KIDZSEARCH

Mirror by Jeannie Baker

In this beautiful book without words, we can see two different worlds – each a mirror of the other.

The book is promoted with these words:

This innovative dual-book format, effectively communicates the way people’s experiences and values are shared, despite geographical and cultural differences.

As we read this book together, you won’t have the musical cues of the video to tell you where you are or what to think.  You will need to watch very closely to notice the hidden details (natural features and human features) of each boy’s “PLACE” and we will be discussing how these characteristics of place have affected the children. (Remember we learnt about these characteristics and made a T-chart of them….?)

First: here is the video, and then we’ll read the actual book.

I’m sorry but the copy of the book has disappeared from the library and so we will have to be happy with the idea of the book we’ve gained from these two videos.  From this idea we can clearly get the idea of how each boy’s PLACE and culture has affected daily life.

From what you have seen, try to compare the boys’ lives.  Consider:

  • What was different about the natural features of each boy’s place?
  • How did this change the way they live?
  • What was the same about the human features of each boy’s place?
  • Did this mean that they lived the same way or how was it different?

You are doing such a good job of thinking about Geography and how a place can change people as well as how people can change a place!!

WHOEVER YOU ARE – by Mem Fox

People are connected to the places in which they live.  Their lives reflect those places.  Some of those places are different from our place, but some of those places are the same.  Sometimes we forget that people might look different from us on the outside but on the inside we are often just the same.  Look at the children in this story by Mem Fox.

 

Australia’s Climates

We have done some work on Australia’s climatic zones but it looks like we need to go over just what the weather will be like in the different climate zones.

Weather: temperature, rainfall, weather condition on the day or short term

Climate: is the weather (above) pattern over a longer time – this becomes the weather we expect in the different seasons.

In different climates, the seasons are really quite different.  Let’s learn about them from this website: AUSTRALIA’S CLIMATIC ZONES (and their seasons)

  • Where would you rather live?
  • How is it similar and how is it different to where we live in Margaret River?

DAILY WORKPAD FOR WEDNESDAY 15 NOVEMBER

Good Morning Everybody –

Sorry – I am unwell and won’t at school today.  Your work for today is already up on the timetable whiteboard and there is lots for everybody to do.  Welcome to your relief teacher today and you will see that the first thing is Fitness – your choice…

ROTATING MATHS GROUP – then students know how to organise themselves for rotating maths groups.  You need to organise the roster timetable for groups to rotate through: Teacher (using Multiplication Module on my desk – they are colour coded for each Maths Group  wherever they are up to…) NOTE: Asher and Sunny (Purple Group) will need a different activity and please could you give them an activity learning ODD and EVEN numbers – perhaps writing them and then colouring in the odd numbers and then showing them with MAB ones…?    Students can help you do this as Matilda T. can bring up the timer and set it for you on the Smartboard and we have a smartboard monitor to set it up etc.

RECESS

INQUIRY – This is a continuation of what we have started already.  1. MY PLACE – booklets are on my desk and students are working on their characters…   2.  WEATHER – we’ve watched the videos on Dolphinkids and practised finding out the weather on WillyWeather (link is on Dolphinkids).  Today they need to complete their weather forecast sheet (they are on my desk) and I’ve assigned a town or city to each child to research.

LUNCH

USSR  then sharing or finishing off….then pack up for 2:20 LOTE

Have a good day everybody and I look forward to seeing lots of “weather forecast experts” tomorrow!

Mrs Veary 😎

 

The Weather…

We have looked at climate and the climatic zones of Australia.  Today we are going to learn more about the weather.

Watch this video clip and notice as many different kinds of weather that you can see.  Write them down on your sheet and we will share your ideas at the end of the video.
WEATHER 101 (National Geographic)

Now that we have discussed the different kinds of weather events we saw, here is a BTN clip to show you how meteorologists (weather scientists) predict the weather.

BEHIND THE NEWS VIDEO CLIP (click on it to start)

Now we will investigate a couple of reliable weather forecasting websites:
1.  WILLY WEATHER
2.  AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY

You will be researching weather conditions with a partner for your chosen city in Australia. You need to learn how to find out:

  • expected temperature
  • expected weather conditions (sunny, rain, storms…)
  • expected rainfall
  • how to find the average temperatures or weather for this time of year in your place.

Explore these weather sites and have fun working out what weather other people are experiencing just because they are in a different place, with a different climate.  We will be comparing these later on.  😎