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Nauru Kids/Heritage Hydro Scheme/Animal Attractions/Aboriginal Astronomy/Jousting

Nauru Kids: Last term on Behind the News, we launched the BTN Welcome Book, a project that invited you to draw a picture welcoming all refugee and migrant kids that come to Australia to live. But not all refugees that want to come to Australia are accepted. Instead, some are now settled on a small island nation called Nauru. We meet two of the young refugees who live there to find out what Heritage Hydro Scheme: It's been announced that the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme will be heritage listed. It's one of the most complex water-powered electricity generators in the world and is made up of 225 kilometres of tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts. We find out more about this massive project and discover why it was so important to the development of Australia. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - History / Knowledge and Understanding: The reasons people migrated to Australia and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony Year 5 The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6 Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia since Federation (including from ONE country of the Asia region) and reasons they migrated Year 6 Geography / Knowledge and Understanding/ Unit 1: Water in the world: The way that flows of water connect places as they move through the environment and the way these affect places Year 7 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources Years 5 & 6 Animal Attractions: When overseas on holiday, many families visit an animal exhibit to see some local wildlife. But tourism company Trip Advisor now says it's going to stop selling tickets to or promoting many of these experiences that it believes are cruel to the animals involved. That includes many attractions popular with families, like elephant rides and tiger selfies. Aboriginal Astronomy: Scientists think they may have found the world's oldest planetarium right here in Australia. The sacred Aboriginal site is believed to be made by the Wathaurung people to map the position of the sun, moon and stars in the sky. We find out how it worked and why it was created. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and Development of Science: Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships Year 3 Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon Year 7 Jousting: Can you imagine if it was your job to put on 30 kilograms of armour and charge towards opponents on horseback? That's the medieval sport of jousting and there is one man in Australia that lists it as his occupation. We check in with him to find out what it takes to become a champion in this ancient sport.

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Haiti Disaster/Children's Week/Elephant Poaching/Future Lifespan/#BootsOff

Haiti Disaster: Recently the country of Haiti was hit by a massive hurricane called Matthew. The storm caused widespread damage and killed more than one thousand people. As the recovery effort gets underway, we check in on kids there and find out what aid is needed most. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth's surface Year 6 Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 6 Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6 Australia's connections with other countries and how these change people and places Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 Children's Week: National Children's Week is coming up and this year's focus is on Article 17 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The article states that children "have the right to reliable information from the media. Mass media such as television, radio and newspapers should provide information that children can understand and should not promote materials that could harm children." We take a closer look at why that's so important. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - History / Knowledge and Understanding: Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 How values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and a 'fair go', can promote cohesion within Australian society Year 7 Elephant Poaching: Over the school holidays, a big international conference was held to try to better protect endangered species around the world. Elephants were high on the agenda because they are hunted for their ivory tusks. Unfortunately, attendees left the conference without being able to agree on the best course of action. So we decided to take a look at some of the ways rangers are already fighting back. Future Lifespan: How long do you expect to live? 100? 200? Even 300? Well scientists say that despite our rapidly improving medical technology, humans may not be able to live past 115 on average. We find out why it's our bodies that hold us back from immortality. #BootsOff: This week the new women's AFL competition held their inaugural draft. But on the same day, a campaign was launched to demand that the players selected be paid more for their efforts. The AFL has offered a minimum of $5000 a season. But many people say it should be much more. We look at both sides of this debate.

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North Korea Tests/Uniform Purchase//Hay Fever Season/Cerebral Palsy Day/Sea Perch Competition

NORTH KOREA TESTS: Concerns are growing about the threat posed by North Korea, after the rogue nation conducted its biggest nuclear weapons test yet. We take a closer look at this development and find out why some of the world's most powerful countries are now calling for action. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The geographical diversity of the Asia region and the location of its major countries in relation to Australia Year 6 Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines Years 5 & 6 UNIFORM PURCHASE: The Australian Defence Force has announced that its new dress uniforms will be made in China. The decision has angered some people, who say the uniforms should be made here in Australia. We take a look at the pros and cons of buying locally. HAY FEVER SEASON: Across much of Australia it's been an unusually wet winter. And experts say that will likely lead to the worst spring hay fever season seen for many years. We find out what that'll mean for those who suffer from it. CEREBRAL PALSY DAY: During the upcoming school holidays World Cerebral Palsy Day will be held. It's a disorder that affects many different kids in many different ways. Max is one of them. But with some help from his very supportive class, Max is finding new ways of communicating with the world. SEA PERCH COMPETITION: Last year, we brought you the story of a group of Aussie kids who had created and started racing underwater robots called Sea Perches. In the year since, they've refined their designs and travelled to America to pit themselves against the world's best. Flynn and Heath took BtN along for the ride - tune in next week to find out how they went. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Digital Technologies Processes and Productions Skills: Define simple problems, and describe and follow a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve them Years 3 & 4 Design, modify and follow simple algorithms involving sequences of steps, branching, and iteration (repetition) Years 5 & 6 Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 & 6

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Political Donations/15 years since 9/11/Swooping Season/Roald Dhal Centenary/Paralympics Kid

POLITICAL DONATIONS: Should overseas groups be allowed to donate money to Australian politicians? That's the question many are asking after Labor Senator Sam Dastyari allowed a Chinese company to pay a bill for him totalling $1670.82. He says the company expected nothing in return. But others say the payment is not okay. We take a look at both sides of the debate. 15 YEARS SINCE 9/11: Fifteen years ago, on the morning of September the 11th, one event in America changed the world forever. We take a look back at the World Trade Centre attacks to find out what happened and how the world has changed since. SWOOPING SEASON: It's now spring in Australia, a time when trees turn green and the weather finally warms up. It's also the time when some very aggressive black and white birds decide to randomly swoop down on kids everywhere. We take a look at why magpies act like this and what you can do to protect yourself. ROALD DHAL CENTENARY: On the 13th of September the world will mark what would've been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday. The British writer is still one of the most successful kids' authors in history, with 17 best-selling titles to his name. We find out more about Dhal's life and take a closer look at some of his stories. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - English / Literature / Examining Literature: Discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers' interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tension Year 4 Identify, describe, and discuss similarities and differences between texts, including those by the same author or illustrator, and evaluate characteristics that define an author's individual style Year 6 English / Language / Language variation and change: Understand that the pronunciation, spelling and meanings of words have histories and change over time Year 5 English / Literature / Creating literature: Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features of selected authors Year 5 English / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating: Analyse strategies authors use to influence readers Year 6 PARALYMPICS KID: The Paralympics are getting underway so it's a great time introduce you to one of the youngest members of the Australian team. Her name is Isis and she'll be competing on the track in Rio. We'll also check in with the 15-year old's class back in Australia to find out how they'll be cheering her on during the games. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health: Investigate the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity Years 7 & 8 Movement and Physical Activity / Learning through movement: Modify rules and scoring systems to allow for fair play, safety and inclusive participation Years 7 & 8 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 & 6

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Plebiscite or vote?/Nuclear Forum/Sea Week/Working in Defence/Gorilla Girls

PLEBISCITE OR VOTE? The 45th parliament of Australia is now sitting for the first time since this year's federal election. And one of the biggest topics being discussed is whether the country's marriage laws should change to include same-sex couples. The PM says he's sticking to his plan to put the question to the Australian people in a plebiscite. But what exactly is that? And why are some marriage equality supporters against the idea? NUCLEAR FORUM It's not often kids get a say in big decisions facing their community. But that's what was attempted in South Australia recently over the issue of nuclear energy. The aim was to find out what SA kids think about it, because their generation will be most affected by the outcome. We went along to find out how the day played out. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Some of Earth's resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable Year 7 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 6 Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations Year 7 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Processing and analysing data and information Summarise data, from students' own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions Year 7 SEA WEEK Next week is sea week, a time when researchers aim to highlight some of the biggest issues affecting our oceans. But did you know that we're actually more familiar with the surface of Venus than the deepest parts of our oceans? There is one group trying to change that though. It's called the Ocean Exploration Trust and its mission is to explore the deepest depths on earth. WORKING IN DEFENCE The defence force has opened its doors to a group of young people to let them experience a few days in the life of an army, navy or air force officer. The aim is to encourage more people to consider a career in defence. We joined them on this unique excursion to find out what they thought. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences: Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use Year 4 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4 Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Evaluating and reflecting: Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions Year 4 Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4 GORILLA GIRLS Wednesday the 7th of September is National Threatened Species Day. It marks the 80th anniversary of the extinction of the Tasmanian Tiger and it aims to remind people about what can happen if we don't act quickly to help endangered species. That's something one young conservationist in New South Wales is very passionate about. So Zoe and her friends are launching a special recycling program to help save gorillas. And they want you to help!

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Being a Kid in Syria/Refugees and Migrants/SPECIAL PROGRAM LAUNCH - The BtN Welcome Book/Oil in the Bight/New Note/Rugby Campaign

BEING A KID IN SYRIA: What is it really like to be a kid in Syria? Over the past few weeks, the world has been given an alarming insight into the violence and destruction going on in this war-torn country. It's left many asking what more can be done to help those stuck in the middle of it all. We take a look at the current situation in Syria and meet some of the kids that still call it home. REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS: In response to the worsening situation in Syria, many thousands of refugees have fled the country over the past year. Some have come to Australia, joining thousands of other people from all over the globe that move here each year to start a new life. In this special report, we take a look at what a refugee is and how it's different to other forms of migration. SPECIAL PROGRAM LAUNCH - The BtN Welcome Book: When refugee or migrant families come to Australia, they are given a welcome pack. It contains a lot of important information for parents, but nothing for kids. So, in a world-first, Behind the News is going to change that by creating a book full of colourful and heartfelt welcome messages from you, the kids of Australia. We'll invite kids everywhere to send in their artwork, before printing it into a special book. That book will then be given to every refugee or migrant family that arrives in the country as part of their welcome pack, giving young arrivals a very personal and friendly welcome to their new home country. Tune in for your chance to be involved. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: History / Knowledge and Understanding: The reasons people migrated to Australia and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony Year 5 Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia since Federation (including from ONE country of the Asia region) and reasons they migrated Year 6 The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation: Identify over-generalised statements in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues Years 5 & 6 OIL IN THE BIGHT: A fight is currently going on over the Great Australian Bight. Oil company BP has proposed drilling exploratory oil wells there. But environmentalists are trying hard to stop the proposal. We look at both sides of the debate. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science Understanding / Chemical sciences: Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use Year 4 Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4 Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 & 6: People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity Year 7 Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6 NEW NOTE: Next week, Australia will get its first new banknote in more than 20 years. The 5 dollar note is getting a makeover to incorporate new security features and a new design. It'll also feature a tactile function for vision impaired people that was championed by a kid named Connor. We'll give you a preview of the note and find out what changes you'll see. RUGBY CAMPAIGN: Imagine being told you can't play your favourite sport because you're a girl. That's what has happened to some junior rugby players. Up until 12, girls can play in boys teams. But in some states, there is no competition for them to join after that until 16. We meet one of the girls affected to find out what's being done about it.

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Olympic Success/Pet Sales/Vietnam 50th/Writer's Club/Cyclocross Kid

OLYMPIC SUCCESS: This Sunday is the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games. But while some Australian athletes will be celebrating success, many others will be thinking about missed opportunities. Australia spent 11% more on its Olympic effort this year compared to 2012 but the results have been well below expectations. So is success important? Or should we be spending that money elsewhere? PET SALES: Cats and dogs are easily the most popular pets in Australia. But there are worries that some businesses are breeding too many of them or even mistreating them. To try to stop this from happening, the Victorian government is bringing in new laws that'll affect breeders and pet shops. But some say the stricter rules go too far. VIETNAM 50TH: Thursday the 18th of August Australia marks the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan. It was the most costly battle for Australian during the Vietnam War, with 18 killed and 24 wounded. We travel back to find out what the Vietnam war was all about and how it changed Australia. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: History / Knowledge and Understanding: Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, Anzac Day, and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems Year 3 Humanities and Social Sciences / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 Humanities and Social Sciences / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources Years 5 & 6 Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines Years 5 & 6 Humanities and Social Sciences / Inquiry and skills Analysing: Examine primary and secondary sources to determine their origin and purpose Years 5 & 6 Writer's Club: Next week is Book Week. So to celebrate, we asked the members of a school writer's club to share what they love about reading and writing. The girls from Mt St Michael's in Brisbane wrote this story and they're hoping to inspire other school kids to start their own writer's clubs too. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: English / Literature / Examining literature: Discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers' interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tension Year 4 Identify, describe, and discuss similarities and differences between texts, including those by the same author or illustrator, and evaluate characteristics that define an author's individual style Year 6 English / Literature / Creating literature: Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and features of selected authors Year 5 Create literary texts that adapt features encountered in other texts, for example, narrative viewpoint, structure of stanzas, contrast and juxtaposition Year 7 Experiment with text structures and language features and their effects in creating literary texts, for example, using rhythm, sound effects, monologue, layout, navigation and colour Year 7 Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating: Analyse strategies authors use to influence readers Year 6 CYCLOCROSS KID: A 14-year old with some serious health problems is competing at the National Cyclocross Championships in Adelaide this weekend. We joined Louis as he prepared for the big competition to find out how he competes with Type 1 Diabetes, Juvenile Arthritis and Coeliac disease.

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Census Shutdown/Refugee Olympic Team/Super Lice/Moon Exploration

CENSUS SHUTDOWN: Australia's largest survey, the Census, hit massive problems this week when overseas hackers shut down the website before most Australians could even upload their responses. While the Australian Bureau of Statistics says no private data was accessed, the development has further worried those concerned about their personal information falling into the wrong hands. We take an look at the risk and find out what hackers might want your data for anyway. REFUGEE OLYMPIC TEAM: For the first time in its history, the International Olympic Committee has allowed a team of refugees to compete in the games. All of its members were forced to leave their home countries and now compete under the Olympic flag. We meet some of them and hear their stories. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Civics and Citizenship / Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation: Identify over-generalised statements in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues Years 5 & 6 History / Knowledge and Understanding: Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia (including from ONE Asian country) and the reasons they migrated, such as World War II and Australian migration programs since the war. Year 6 Humanities and Social Sciences / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 SUPER LICE: It's one of the most common ailments to hit school kids around the country. But scientists now say lice are developing resistance to our traditional methods of removal.

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Census Stats/Olympic History/Coordinate Changes/Left-Handed/App Kid

CENSUS STATS: Surveying all 24 million Australians is no easy task. But on August the 9th, that's exactly what will happen. It's called the Census and it's so difficult and expensive that it's only done every five years. But this time around, some people are worried all of that data they collect may not be safe. We find out why they're concerned and what all that information will be used for anyway. OLYMPIC HISTORY: The biggest sporting event on the planet is about to kick off in Rio. But how do the Olympic Games now differ from the first time they were held? We travel back in time to find out. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: History / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / The Mediterranean world / Greece: Significant beliefs, values and practices of the ancient Greeks, with a particular emphasis on ONE of the following areas: everyday life, warfare, or death and funerary customs Year 7 History / Knowledge and Understanding / The Mediterranean world: Roles of key groups in the ancient Greece, Egypt or Rome, including the influence of law and religion Year 7 The physical features of ancient Greece, Egypt or Rome and how they influenced the civilisation that developed there Year 7 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 COORDINATE CHANGES: Australia is moving up in the world - literally. Over the past 22 years, the continent has shifted north by approximately 1.5m. It might not sound like a lot, but many new technologies rely on precise measurements to function safely. So now, researchers are trying to make amends. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The geographical diversity of the Asia region and the location of its major countries in relation to Australia Year 6 Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Sudden geological changes and extreme weather conditions can affect Earth's surface Year 6 Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 6 Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: The theory of plate tectonics explains global patterns of geological activity and continental movement Year 9 LEFT-HANDED: It's the slight difference that divides us all - are you a lefty or a righty? The 13th of August is International Lefthander's Day. So to celebrate, we thought we'd find out why people prefer different hands and how left-handedness was seen in the past. APP KID: An 11-year old app designer from Queensland recently travelled to the US as the special guest of an international entrepreneurship summit. While there, he got to hear President Barack Obama speak and had the opportunity to show off his games. He also filmed the trip exclusively for BtN. Tune in next week to see how it went.

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Election Results/Greyhound Ban/Pokemon Go/Abacus Championships/Drought Aid

ELECTION RESULTS: Over the school holidays the 2016 federal election was held and Malcolm Turnbull was returned to the top job - just. But now he has a new challenge - up to a dozen crossbench senators, all with very different views on how the country should be run. So how will these politicians change how the government operates over the next three years? Tune in next week to find out. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The roles and responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia's democracy Year 5 The key values that underpin Australia's democratic system of government Year 5 The key institutions of Australia's democratic system of government based on the Westminster system, including the monarchy, parliaments and courts Year 6 The key features of government under the Australian Constitution with a focus on: the separation of powers, the roles of the Executive, the Houses of Parliament, and the division of powers Year 7 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Questioning and research: Develop a range of questions to investigate Australia's political and legal systems Year 7 GREYHOUND BAN: New South Wales has announced that it wants to ban greyhound racing. It says too many trainers have been shown to use cruel practices to train their animals. But some people argue a ban isn't the way to go. We look into it. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - English / Literacy / Creating texts: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience Year 5 English / Literacy / Interacting with others: Clarify understanding of content as it unfolds in formal and informal situations, connecting ideas to students' own experiences and present and justify a point of view Year 5 Use interaction skills, varying conventions of spoken interactions such as voice volume, tone, pitch and pace, according to group size, formality of interaction and needs and expertise of the audience Year 6 Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes, making appropriate choices for modality and emphasis Year 6 Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions Year 6 POKEMON GO: A new augmented reality video game is taking the world by storm. Pokemon Go has been played by millions of people since it launched a couple of weeks ago. Lots of people are excited about the benefits of these types of video games. But some are worried about the dangers of them, too. ABACUS CHAMPIONSHIPS : How would you quickly solve a difficult maths equation if you didn't have a calculator? Well not so long ago, the answer was to use an abacus. We went along to the National Abacus Maths Championships to find out how they work and why they're still being used today. DROUGHT AID: This week marked the launch of Heywire - a competition that encourages rural and regional young people to tell their stories. To celebrate, we thought we'd take a look at one of last year's winners, Callan. He shared how city people helped his family through a recent drought and how much that support meant to him.

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Rookie Reporter - The Leaders/Concussion Campaign/NAIDOC Art/Pet Therapy/Indigenous Opera Stars

ROOKIE REPORTER - THE LEADERS: After weeks of campaigning, the 2016 federal election is nearly upon us. So now is the perfect time to learn more about some of the political leaders who've been campaigning hard for their parties ahead of the big day. Rookie Reporter Maya joins us for the final time to summarise who these leaders are and what they stand for. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - English / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating: Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts Year 6 English / Literacy / Texts in context: Compare texts including media texts that represent ideas and events in different ways, explaining the effects of the different approaches Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The key features of the Australian electoral process Year 5 The roles and responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia's democracy Year 5 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation: Use and evaluate a range of information to develop a point of view Year 5 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Questioning and research: Develop questions and gather a range of information to investigate the society in which they live Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Year 6 CONCUSSION CAMPAIGN: Scientists and sporting groups have joined forces to launch a new program aimed at better understanding and fighting the effects of concussion. It's called #nobrainnogame and comes hot on the heels of new guidelines from the Australian Medical Association designed to help protect kids from the damaging effects of head knocks. We find out more about this common sporting injury and find out why it's now being taken a lot more seriously. NAIDOC ART: Students at an Islamic school in Melbourne are working on a special art project for NAIDOC week. They're creating a mosaic that tells the story of the shared history between Aboriginal and Muslim people in Australia. We look back in time to learn more about this relationship and how it helped the country develop. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - History / Knowledge and Understanding: Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, Anzac Day, and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems Year 3 The diversity of Australia's first peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Country/Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) Year 4 The reasons people migrated to Australia and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony Year 5 Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: How groups, such as religious and cultural groups, express their particular identities; and how this influences their perceptions of others and vice versa Year 7 The Arts / Visual Arts: Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times, including artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to use as inspiration for their own representations Years 3 & 4 PET THERAPY: For a lot of kids around Australia, exams are just around the corner. It can be a incredibly stressful time, so a school in Canberra has come up with the perr-fect way to help students to relax. Kittens! We take a look at the program and discover some of the other ways animals are used to their two-legged companions through tough times. INDIGENOUS OPERA STARS: Late last year, we visited Broken Hill to meet some Aboriginal kids learning to sing opera. The sessions were run by a group travelling throughout Australia on a mission to find singers to join their Indigenous kids choir. Now, that choir has assembled in Melbourne to perform alongside legendary singer Archie Roach.

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BREXIT On the 23rd of June, the people of Britain will vote on whether or not they want to stay in the European Union. It's a really important decision that will have a big impact on the rest on the world, including Australia. We take a look at both sides of the debate and find out why many people around the world are watching the vote closely. ROOKIE REPORTER - YOUTH VOTES: This election will canvass the opinion of more young voters than any other in recent history. 1,658,085 young people aged 18 - 24 have enrolled this year - a record 86.7%. But what could that mean for the results? To find out, Rookie Reporter Maya met up with three of Australia's youngest voters and went out doorknocking with a candidate hoping to mobilise young voters in his quest for a seat. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - English / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating: Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts Year 6 English / Literacy / Texts in context: Compare texts including media texts that represent ideas and events in different ways, explaining the effects of the different approaches Year 6 English / Language / Language for interaction: Understand the uses of objective and subjective language and bias Year 6 The Arts / Media Arts: Plan, produce and present media artworks for specific audiences and purposes using responsible media practice Years 5 & 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation: Use and evaluate a range of information to develop a point of view Year 5 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Questioning and Research: Develop questions and gather a range of information to investigate the society in which they live Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Problem solving and decision making: Work in groups to identify issues and develop possible solutions and a plan for action using decision making processes Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Year 6 Reflect on personal roles and actions as a citizen in the school and in the community Year 6 FOOD WASTE The United Nations has identified food waste as a massive problem facing the world. It estimates nearly 1 trillion dollars worth of food is wasted globally each year, so now it's campaigning for a plan to utilise more of it. Next week we'll find out more about the problem and meet some of the people working on a solution. ** FOOD WASTE will be next week's BtN #AskaReporter topic ** TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences: Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use Year 4 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4 Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions Year 6 Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management Year 7 Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4 COPYRIGHT HEAVEN One of the world's most famous rock bands, Led Zeppelin, has appeared in court accused of breaking copyright laws. It's claimed they copied part of their popular song Stairway to Heaven from another band. We take a closer look at the accusation and find out how copyright actually works. CAMEL RACER Many kids have pet dogs or cats. But 14-year old Anna has pet camels. They're not only her best friends, she's also training them for racing. We joined her as she prepares for her first camel race later this year to find out why camels are so special.

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Animal Testing/Storm Damage/Dory In Danger/Hmas Sydney

ANIMAL TESTING The Government has announced that animal testing will be made illegal in Australia by July next year. It means thousands of cosmetic products will be banned from stores if their manufacturers continue to test their products on animals. We take a look at the history behind this practice and find out how often animal testing still happens around the world today. STORM DAMAGE Much of the east coast of Australia was battered by wild winds and heavy rain over the past week. The damage was particularly evident along the coastline, where many homes were destroyed by the huge waves the storm created. We take a closer look at the damage to find out what natural factors combined to cause such destruction. DORY IN DANGER Australian researchers are worried fans of the soon-to-be-released animated film Finding Dory might inadvertently add to the woes of the title species, the Blue Tang. When the original Finding Nemo was released, the population of the clownfish suffered because too many people wanted their own Nemo as a pet. Now they fear a similar result for Dory's real world relatives. ** Dory in Danger will be next week's BtN #AskaReporter topic ** HMAS SYDNEY Deep in the ocean off the coast of Western Australia lies two 75-year old shipwrecks, the HMAS Sydney and a German ship that battled it during World War II. In 2008, the ships were finally discovered and now researchers have managed to raise the Sydney, without actually touching it. Instead, they used 3D technology and the fastest computer in the southern hemisphere to bring it back from the deep. ROOKIE REPORTER BOOT CAMP Last week we introduced you to Maya, BtN's new Rookie Reporter for the 2016 federal election. Now, you'll join her as she learns all about political reporting from some of the best in the business. What is involved in covering a campaign? And how do reporters make sure what they present is balanced? Maya will share what she's learnt next week.

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24:38 | Published 3 years ago
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Women’s Rugby/Bionic Boy/BtN’s Election 2016 Rookie Reporter/Indigenous Veterans/Violent Toys/BtN’s 2016 Civics Series, part 4: What is an Electorate?

BTN’S 2016 CIVICS SERIES, PART 4: WHAT IS AN ELECTORATE?: Australia is now in election mode – so BtN is celebrating with a series of stories looking at different aspects of our civic life. Our final story in this series focuses on electorates. They make up our national political map and we hear them mentioned by name on the news each night. But why do they exist and how do they help make sure everyone is represented in parliament? ** What is an Electorate will be next week’s BtN #AskaReporter topic! ** TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas – Civics and Citizenship / Knowledge and Understanding: The key features of the Australian electoral process Year 5 The roles and responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia’s democracy Year 5 Civics and Citizenship / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation: Use and evaluate a range of information to develop a point of view Year 5 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Questioning and research: Develop questions and gather a range of information to investigate the society in which they live Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Year 6 Reflect on personal roles and actions as a citizen in the school and in the community Year 6 VIOLENT TOYS: A new study has found popular toy brand Lego has become more violent over its 67 year history. Researchers say more Lego sets include weapons or characters in war-like situations these days. And some believe that’s a problem for kids’ development. We look at both sides of the debate before finding out how you feel. INDIGENOUS VETERANS: People around Australia will soon gather for Indigenous veterans commemoration ceremonies. The events pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of Indigenous people who have fought in wars throughout Australia's history and they’re part of National Reconciliation Week. One school in Adelaide is hosting a ceremony after creating a book that tells the stories of Indigenous veterans from the area. We find out more about their passion for this important subject. TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas – History / Knowledge and Understanding: The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6 Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people’s lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines Year 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Year 5 & 6 BTN’S ELECTION 2016 ROOKIE REPORTER - During federal elections, major news networks always send a senior political correspondent out on the campaign trail to bring viewers all of the latest developments. So we thought it was about time BtN did the same! This week, meet the girl selected as BtN’s first Rookie Reporter election correspondent. She will be following the election for BtN and BtN Newsbreak in the lead up to the big day. But first, she wants to know issues you would like her to follow up with some of the country’s most powerful people. BIONIC BOY: 13-year old Riley was born with cerebral palsy. The disease makes it difficult for him to do many of the things that other kids can do, like walking or talking. But a young Aussie scientist is hoping to invent a special device to help. Join them as they work together to give Riley powers he never thought possible. WOMEN’S RUGBY: Last week, the Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens team made history as the first national team to win the World Series. Now, the team has shifted its focus to the upcoming Olympics where the sport will feature for the first time. We meet some of the stars of the team and find out what rugby sevens is and how they rate their chances of gold.

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24:28 | Published 3 years ago
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Btn’s 2016 Civics Series, Part 3: Three Levels Of Government/World Environment Day/Cystic Fibrosis Awareness/River Kids/Kind Classrooms/Surf Titles

Btn's 2016 Civics Series, Part 3: Three Levels Of Government/World Environment Day/Cystic Fibrosis Awareness/River Kids/Kind Classrooms/Surf Titles BTN'S 2016 CIVICS SERIES, PART 3: THREE LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT Australia is in election mode - so BtN is celebrating with a series of stories looking at different aspects of our civic life. This week our focus is on the three levels of government. On July the 2nd, Australians will vote in the 2016 federal election. But there are two other levels of government that we vote for too; local and state. So what are the responsibilities of each level of government and why is our country set up that way? ** Three Levels of Government will be next week's BtN #AskaReporter topic! ** TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas History / Knowledge and Understanding: Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia's Federation and Constitution Year 6 Civics and Citizenship / Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The roles and responsibilities of the three levels of government, including shared roles and responsibilities within Australia's federal system Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Questioning and research: Develop questions and gather a range of information to investigate the society in which they live Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Year 6 Reflect on personal roles and actions as a citizen in the school and in the community Year 6 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY Saturday the 3rd of June is World Environment Day and this year's theme is 'go wild for life'. The aim is to put a stop to the world wildlife trade, which is particularly harmful for animals like elephants and rhinos. BBC Newsround's Ayshah toured South Africa to meet just some of the people helping to protect rhinos from poachers. CYSTIC FIBROSIS AWARENESS All of May has been 65 Roses month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about a cystic fibrosis. It is a condition that many kids suffer from, including 13-year old Zoe. We asked her to tell us how it affects her life. RIVER KIDS The Murray River is the most important water system in Australia. It spans three states and its catchment area is the third largest on earth. But it's also facing some challenges too. On Monday, June the 6th, BtN will premiere 'River Kids', a documentary that tells the story of the Murray River through the eyes of the kids that live alongside it. So this week for Reconciliation Week , you'll get an exclusive sneak peek - a look at the special connection Indigenous people have had with the river for tens of thousands of years. TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places Year 5 The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them Year 5 Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 5 Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 KIND CLASSROOMS Over the past 3 weeks we've asked classrooms around the country to volunteer to show a little kindness to others. Now, we finally get to see all the good they've done. Tune in for a look at all of the kind ways kids have changed their communities for the better. SURF TITLES Last week, some of Australia's best Indigenous surfers headed to Bells Beach for the Australian Indigenous Surfing titles. Among the pros were two talented kids, 12-year old Taj and 14-year old Summer, who'd been training for the big event all year. We checked in with them before the comp and found out how they went afterward too.

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24:39 | Published 3 years ago
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BtN's 2016 Civics Series, part 2: The History of Voting/Milk Prices/Mangrove Warning/Footy Huddle/Park Design

BTN'S 2016 CIVICS SERIES, PART 2: THE HISTORY OF VOTING Australia is in election mode - so BtN is celebrating with a series of stories looking at different aspects of our civic life. This week our focus is on the history of voting. On June the 2nd, all Australians over the age of 18 will have the right to vote. But it didn't always used to be that way. We find out why next week. ** The History of Voting will be next week's BtN #AskaReporter topic! ** TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas - Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The roles and responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia's democracy Year 5 The key features of the Australian electoral process Year 5 History / Knowledge and Understanding: Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women, and children Year 6 MILK PRICES We drink it, put it on our cereal and use it in our cooking, but milk has been poured all over the headlines this week too. Diary farmers have warned they are now not getting paid enough money to cover their costs and that many will soon have to leave the industry. We find out why. MANGROVE WARNING Australia is home to tens of thousands of kilometres of mangrove wetlands. But scientists say many of these important ecological regions are now dying off because of drought and climate change. We discover why these areas need to be saved. TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things have life cycles Year 4 Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment Year 5 The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions - Year 4 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple graphs, tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions Year 4 Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people Year 4 FOOTY HUDDLE Nine years ago, the North Melbourne AFL team set up a project called 'the Huddle', to help refugee and migrant kids settle into the area. The program gives them a place to study and volunteers help them through their homework. It's also encouraging a new generation of kids to get into footy. PARK DESIGN Some school kids in Sydney are about to get a serious playground upgrade. They won a competition called My Park Rules which asked kids around the country to design their ultimate outdoor play area. We got in touch with them to hear about their entry.

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24:28 | Published 3 years ago
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BtN's 2016 Civics Series: What is democracy?-Part 1/NSW Recycling Scheme/Food Allergy Week/Photoshopped Music/Indigenous Language Lessons/Young Game Designers

BTN'S 2016 CIVICS SERIES: WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? Australia is now in election mode - so BtN is celebrating with a series of stories looking at different aspects of our civic life, starting this week with democracy. It's something most Australians take for granted, but what is democracy and how did it come to be? BtN take a trip back in history to find out. ** What is Democracy will be next week's BtN #AskaReporter topic! ** TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas - Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The key values that underpin Australia's democratic system of government Year 5 The roles and responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia's democracy Year 5 The key features of the Australian electoral process Year 5 The key institutions of Australia's democratic system of government based on the Westminster system, including the monarchy, parliaments, and courts Year 6 NSW RECYCLING SCHEME Australia's most populated state, New South Wales, has just announced that it will implement a container deposit scheme. It brings the state in line with South Australia and Northern Territory, where 10 cent recycling deposits have been available for some time. We take a closer look at the scheme and find out what effect it might have on recycling rates there. TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas - Science Understanding / Chemical sciences: Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use Year 4 Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4 Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 & 6 Humanities and Social Sciences / Inquiry and skills / Evaluating and reflecting: Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions Year 4 Humanities and Social Sciences / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4 FOOD ALLERGY WEEK Imagine if eating one of your favourite foods could kill you. That's exactly what can happen if you have a food allergy. Next week is National Food Allergy Awareness Week, so we thought we'd take a closer look at what it means to have a food allergy and what it's like to live with one. We'll also try to discover why food allergy rates are on the rise in Australian schools. PHOTOSHOPPED MUSIC Popstar Meghan Trainor has pulled her own music video after realising her body had been photoshopped in it without her permission. She says the digital manipulation goes against the positive body image messages she writes into many of her songs. We take a closer look at the controversy and find out how you feel about it. INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE LESSONS The town of Broome in Western Australia is pushing to become the first bilingual town in Australia by teaching all kids Yawuru, the local indigenous language. Some classes are taken almost entirely in Yawuru and even the town's street signs are in Yawuru and English. We check in with Cable Beach Primary School to find out how the kids there feel about Broome's new bilingual push. YOUNG GAME DESIGNERS How would you like to design your own video game, then pitch your idea to executives from Google? Well that's exactly what a group of teenagers from all over Australia got to do recently, with some help from the tech wizards at Good Game. We joined them as judging got underway.

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24:29 | Published 3 years ago
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Tax Balance/Ivory Trade/Short Sighted Kids/Refugee Camp/Emergency Cadets

TAX BALANCE The 2016 Australian budget has now been revealed and one of the biggest talking points is planned tax changes. Some people and companies are in line for tax cuts, while other companies will soon be getting taxed more. But if the countrys deficit is growing to 37 billion dollars next year, why arent everyones taxes going up? We take a closer look at relationship between taxes and the economy to find out. IVORY TRADE Authorities in Kenya have been fighting poachers and the illegal wildlife trade for decades. And last week, they took the dramatic step of burning more than 100 tonnes of seized elephant tusks. The aim was to send a message to the world. But some think they may have made a mistake. ** Ivory Trade will be next weeks BtN #AskaReporter topic! ** TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas: Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (Year 7) Humanities and Social Sciences / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people (Year 4) The main characteristics of the continents of Africa and South America and the location of their major countries in relation to Australia (Year 4) SHORT SIGHTED KIDS Over the past 50 years, short-sightedness, or myopia, has increased dramatically. Many researchers have blamed increased screen time for the growing problem. But now, some scientists think its actually our reluctance to go outside as often that is the real cause for concern. TEACHER RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning areas: Science / Science Understanding / Physical sciences: Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (Year 5) Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples lives (Years 5 & 6) Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (Years 5 & 6) Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (Years 7 & 8) English / Literacy / Creating Texts: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (Years 5 & 6) REFUGEE CAMP Kids camps usually aim to be a fun experience. But one camp in Norway is anything but fun. It attempts to give attendees a 24 hour glimpse into life as a refugee. But despite being a tough and gruelling event, Norwegian kids have signed up in huge numbers. Find out why next week. KOALA TRACKER To better protect endangered species, scientists often have to do massive surveys to work out how many there are in the wild and where theyre living. But some animals can be pretty tough to track down, like koalas that spend most of their time in the treetops. So one group of Australian researchers has come up with a pretty interesting way to track them down koala tracking dogs.

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