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Fact- 2 families in new south wale wher asked to participate in an experiment, it would test their skills and would prepare them If disaster ever struck. In some situations the kids were smarter than the adults, as they stopped them from making huge mistakes. It could have been because they had more experience or were familar with the fact of a natural disaster from school. In the they both made 2 big mistakes when fire/flood waters , got to either off the family’s homes they tried to hide in a room, which means they can’t see what’s happening in the rest of the house.

Question- Why were the parents so frazzled? Which family prepared the best?

Understanding-I now understand that being in a natural disaster of any kind is much harder than it looks.

BTN (Cape Town water crisis)

BTN (Cape Town water crisis)

FACTS- As humans we depend on water, and for most we don’t think about how much we use. For people in Cape Town (experiencing a seemingly endless drought) water is scarce. They only get 50 litres a day that’s barely enough to get you through the day.

  • dishes and laundry, 18 litres a day.
  • 90 second shower, 15 litres.
  • 1 toilet flush, 9 litres.
  • Washing your hands, 3 litres.
  • Cooking, 2 litres.
  • Drinking water, 2 litres.
  • 1 dog bowl, 1 litre.

Thats 50 litres gone and if want to have everyday luxuries like a long shower or even going to the toilet more than once a day you’ll be in a predicament.

QUESTION-Who controls the water? Do certain people- like their Prime minister get more water?  

UNDERSTANDINGS -I now understand that we shouldn’t take water for granted. And in some countries they barely have enough water to do what we consider day to day things.

 

 

BTN (is Africa going to split)

BTN (is Africa going to split)

Facts- Africa’s recent cracks suggests alarming news- Africa may be starting to split into two. After heavy rainfall huge cracks appeared, supporting the fact that due to the huge fault line through the middle it may split into two in 50-100 million years. It’s more than 15 meters deep and 15 meters wide. It’s growing at a rate of 2.5 centimetres. Rifts like these are the beginning of continental breakup so this theory is very plausible. 

Questions- Are there any rifts like this in Australia?  Could Australia break apart?

Understanding- I know understand that continental drift is always happening and that fault lines and tectonic plates are very connected to continental drift.

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 Facts- Recently there have been some major breakthroughs in the meat industry.  This is pretty big news as Australia ranks in the top 10 countries that eat the most meat. In labs across Australia, they’ve figured how to make meat without having to harm animals. Basically, they take cells from animal blood and a serum full of nutrients and after a short period of time it should eventually turn into muscle tissue and from there it would turn into meat. But it doesn’t come cheap the first one took 400 000 dollars to make, they say that soon that we’ll be seeing this meat in stores. Although some farmers don’t think its fair to call this meat, meat, as they think it not meat as it doesn’t come directly from meat. 

Questions- Who thought of the idea of this type of  meat ?  Why making meat this way work?

Understanding- I know understand that there is more than one way to make meat and also that there is also vegetarian and vegan options for people who want to eat meat.  

 

kiluea eruptions reflection

kiluea eruptions reflection

 

Link–  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/kids-news/people-flee-as-hawaiis-erupting-volcano-destroys-homes/news-story/e1fdc54c016899d68ccca8fb1afad855

Fact/summary- Recently on Hawais Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens there have been continuous eruptions and considerably large earthquakes.  The killuea eruptions have caused around 2000 people to evacuate and 26 home to be destroyed. Killuea is on of the worlds Most active volcanos as its been erupting constantly for 35 years.

Although the recent eruptions have had  no big outbreaks they are still extremely dangerous and residents have been told to evacuate if their home is 19km within the volcanoe. The eruptions have reached 1150c.

Hawaii defence agency have told the media that it’s not the time  for sightseeing  and that all nearby residents to stay away from affected areas.

Questions-

Was this the  biggest eruption of killuea, if not what was?

Has president donald trump made any responses from the attacks if so, what?

UnderstandingI know understand how dangerous active volcanos can be and understand although places like Hawaii seem like paradise there is much more to it.

 

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Fact- Recently Argentinian volunteers have been busy building the first economically friendly school in Argentina. It  is made with 25 000 kilos of rubish. They used 2000 tyres, 14 000 aluminium cans and 10 000 glass and plastic bottles. It made out of 60% recycled materials. This type of building is called  an earth ship. It sustains itself, which means its produces its own energy and water by collecting rain water and solar panels. 100’s of volunteers spent a month and a half building this school.

Questions- who’s idea was it to create these types of buildings and what is the name of the school? 

Understandings- I know understand that there are so many new and innovative ways to be economically friendly and that it can have a huge impact in the long run.

 

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 Fact; On august 28 1963 martin luther king jr gave a live changing speech about equality and for civil and economic rights for african americans, 100s of thousands of people came to watch this speech. It was life changing and as little as a year later congress Paased the civil rights bill that ended segregartion of couloured americans and banned discrimination in the work place. But devastatingly on  April 9 1978 Martin Luther king was shot at a hotel in Tennessee. Currently there is a memorial at that site.

 

 

Question;My two questions are ,  who shot Martin Luther king and why, and what was the name of the hotel he was shot at.

 

Understanding;  I know understand Martin Luther king was a very influential person for his time and that he changed the way African Americans were looked at.

 

 

 

 

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Facts- Lately for many familes the soaring cost of living is making hard for some to have 3 meals on the table. Recently a charity called food bank relased some scary stats. Like; 1 in 5 kids have gone hungy in the last year, 18% go to school with no breakfast at least once a week, 11% with no dinner. Lately food bank have been extremely busy, recently a 7 year old came to them and had not eaten in the last 5 days. They’ve had kids that have eaten paper, because their parent said because they should as they had no food on the table.  Many moms go to food bank to get groceries as its the only way they can affor to have 3 meals every days. These  facts are very worrying and should be taken into consideration by the australia government. 

Understanding- I understand that even though we live in a country like australia their are still many who go without food and having lots to eat every day shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Questions

How do they run the food bank as its a non for profit orginisation.

Who run the food  bank?

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Facts- 

One of the most profound stereotypes of Vikings is their extravagant horned hats. Yet this is NOT true, the horns got introduced in the 1800’s by theatre costume designer called Carl Emil Doepler.

The second fact is that Vikings took immaculate  care of their appearance and and it was more than common to always have tweezers, combs and weird tiny spoons to scoop out earwax on hand.

The final fact which lives up to its stereotype is that they are VERY good sailors and can almost flawlessly navigate the sea. This allowed them to form colonies across the globe.

 

Question-

Where did the myth about Vikings having pet dragons come from as it seems quite unrealistic?

Did Vikings ever ever come across Australia and if so did they ever settle here?

 

Understanding-

I know understand that Vikings have MANY untrue stereotypes that are far from realistic. I know know what Viking are really like and their many interesting facts (like priding their appearance!). 

BTN History of voting

BTN History of voting

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Questions

Understanding  

 

 

Ever  few years all Australian citizens over the age of 18 get to vote, but for a long time it wasn’t like that. Women were though of as overly emotional simply not smart enough to vote, by the late 1800’s suffragettes (women who demanded that they be able to vote), they wrote articles and led protests. Finally in 1902 they were granted the right to vote,and Australia became the very first country to allow women to vote and go up for election, but that didn’t mean everyone could vote. Aboriginal Australians couldn’t vote, they could finally vote in 1949, but that was only for those who served in the army.  It wasn’t until 1962 all aboriginals had the right to vote. Did you know the voting age was 21 until 1973 ?!

 

Currently can aboriginals run for parliament?

Are there any country’so   now that  don’t allow women  to vote?

I understand that it took Australia a long time to allow all Australian citizens to have the right to vote.

 

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