Aid agencies have now declared cyclone Pam one of the worst natural disasters to hit the pacific. Seventy percent of the population of Vanuatu has been left homeless by it, and every school there has been badly damaged or destroyed. We meet some of the kids of Vanuatu to find out exactly what happened and what they need now to get back on their feet. There are teaching resources for this story and our story on Bionic Body.
We ask what it takes to become a tradie, how do you plant hundreds of trees in one day, and just how do you give a hippo a happy birthday?
Last week, millions of leaked documents, dubbed 'the Paradise Papers', were released by news outlets around the world. Among other things, they detail the processes that some people and companies use to move their money in an effort to pay much less tax. Nike was one of the companies contained in the release. So next week, we'll reveal exactly how much money from each pair of their shoes you buy in Australia stays here as tax.
NASA has revealed some good environment news! It says the ozone hole over Antarctica is the smallest it's been for three decades. That's a pretty big deal, because in the 90s, things were looking really bad. So to celebrate, we'll find out exactly what the ozone layer actually is and why things are improving.
Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -
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 and 6)
History of Toilets
On November 19, we all mark World Toilet Day. The aim is to spread word that toilets save lives by doing a messy, but vital job. Plus, it's an excellent opportunity to tell your toilet how much you appreciate it! Awkwardly, we'll do just that next week.
We all know the traditional European seasons; summer, autumn, winter and spring.
But did you know Australia's Indigenous cultures had different seasons that better fit local weather conditions, plants and animals? Next week, we'll join a class as they learn more about these seasons and how they vary across the continent.
Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -
Geography / Knowledge and Understanding:
The custodial responsibility Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (Year 4)
Science / 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)
Finally we'll travel to Ireland, where some kids are using famous songs to keep their culture alive. They've made music videos covering famous songs in their traditional language, Irish Gaelic. Not many people are speaking it anymore, so they hope these covers will help revive this ancient language.
We check out the largest land lizard on the planet, say "g'day" to some police dogs, take a tumble on the ice, and abseiling, anyone?
How do boats float? Why does popcorn pop? Could a dinosaur live today? Join Kellyn, resident scientist Clare, the crew and a cast of historical characters as they brainstorm answers to your questions.
From jellyfish research to surfboard tech for ocean monitoring. All that and more in this episode, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary.
Join Zindzi and Nicholas as they make some fruity snacks in the Play School kitchen, play a memory game and create a Windy Day Whirls artwork. Through the Windows we see some recycled sculptures.
Showcases a group of dynamic young people from three diverse classrooms across Australia who are on a mission to transform their schools from being eco-wastelands to waste-wise wonderlands.
A setback with their mission at Berry Springs doesn't deter the WW's Jenny, Jayden, and Max. In Fremantle, the gang get into a pickle, and in Tasmania, Waste Free Wednesday is a huge success.
BtN looks at why Australians are being warned about holidaying in Thailand, and there are teacher resources available for our stories on Palm Oil and Silent Films.
Come along with Andrew and Karen as they make bottle top bugs, play a game of skittles and see a walk through a national park through the windows.
INTRODUCTION TO DINOSAURS
So who do you speak to if you want to learn about dinosaurs? A Palaeontologist of course! So we sent Pip to chat to Queensland Museum Palaeontologist Scott Hocknull to find out the A-Z of Australian dinosaurs.
STRANGE BUT TRUE
Did you know that Crocodiles lived at the same time as dinosaurs? Strange but True!
DINOSAUR FACT: ELLIOTT
So how BIG were dinosaurs? Sean sizes up to one of the most significant dinosaur finds in Australia - Elliot - a gigantic Sauropod that was thought to have roamed the western parts of Queensland.
I bet you didn't know that when Nat was little she wanted to grow up to be a Palaeontologist. Instead she ended up on TW, lucky for her we've sent her on an actual dinosaur dig to see want she can uncover.
Stacey drops in on Joanne Wilkinson from the Queensland Museum who is in the process of restoring a new dinosaur bone discovered recently.
Could a microscopic-sized virus be responsible for killing some of the world's most famous Tyrannosaurus-Rex specimens? Adam talks to a palaeontologist to find out!
In this Jake and the Never Land Pirates themed episode young artists can make a pirate treasure chest, and watch a pirate and princess shadow play.
Mister Maker takes his brilliant artistic talents on the road in the Makermobile to help mini-makers with arty challenges in their homes and schools.