Recently there's been a lot of talk in the media about the media! Earlier this month the house of a News Corp journalist and the offices of the ABC were raided by the Australia Federal Police. They were investigating possible crimes that they said were committed when people gave secret information to journalists. But some say the raids are a bad thing for freedom of the press. We look at what press freedom is, why it's important and why its sometimes controversial.
Aboriginal Flag Debate
Last week there was some debate about the Aboriginal flag and who should be able to use it. It came after the AFL and several companies were asked to stop selling clothing with the flag on it. We look at the history of the flag and who has the right to sell its image and why.
Thursday is World Refugee Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the millions of people who have to leave their homes because of war, persecution or disaster. We find out more about what it means to be a refugee and meet a family who came to Australia as refugees.
Gender and Sport
A female footy player in South Australia has been given a six-week ban after she filled in a local men's team. It got many asking whether women should be allowed to compete alongside men in Aussie Rules and other games.
Last week there was big news about ... Bigfoot! For decades there have been stories about the famous hairy creature, and some swear they've seen it roaming around forests in the US. But last week Bigfoot was dealt a big blow when the FBI released new information about its own hunt for Sasquatch. We find out more about Bigfoot and some other mythical creatures around the world.
In Jordan, Hamza makes lunch with his mum. In Vietnam, Truc makes paper butterflies and wins a relay race. In Italy, Mario, his brother and sister spend the day at their grandma's house.
The Behind the News team get exclusive updates from CSIRO who have released a report on what Australia would look like in 40 years. Plus a wrap up of the worlds news and sports.
The Behind the News team report on social platforms that have announced that they will be releasing their own crypto currencies. The team investigate what this actually means and a wrap up of the world news and sports.
The Behind the News team meet a family who understands what it is like to be a refugee.
The Behind the News team celebrate World Refugee Day and meet a family who understands what it is like to be a refugee. The team investigate an Island that has 69 days of non-stop sunlight during the summer plus a wrap up of the worlds news and sports.
When Maudie solves a playground robbery on her first day at school, she and new friends Ezra, Ava and Kyle create The Inbestigators Detective Agency.
Lesson theme: Friendship
Ezra and Kyle are good friends even though they are interested in different things.
Work with a partner to draw a venn diagram with your name in one circle and your partner's name in the other circle. What do you and your partner have in common? How are you different from your partner? Share your venn diagram with the class.
Now, with a partner, or on your own; write down some answers to the following questions: How can being friends with people with different interests and favourite things be a good thing? Why is it important to understand that people have different interests and beliefs? Think about you and your friends, how are you similar and different? What can you teach your friends? What can you learn from your friends?
Extension activity: In a small group, prepare a role play showing how to welcome a new student on his or her first day at your school.
Everyone's favourite wisecracking feline, Garfield, is living large until his owner Jon falls for a beautiful veterinarian and adopts a sweet pup named Odie. Garfield appears to be in the doghouse, but when Odie is abducted, its the fat cat to the rescue.
The Behind the News team report on Fortnite and FIFA representatives fronting up to the UK Government off the back of the World Health Organisation listing gaming as an addiction earlier this year, Australia defeating Bangladesh in the Cricket World Cup and the NBA draft in the US. Plus, the inability for Australian facilities to keep up with the growing number of Australian girls taking up team sports.
When Sophie's online shopping parcels are delivered but never received she hires the Inbestigators to track them down.
Lesson Theme: Honesty
Oliver stole his sister's parcels in the hope that it would make her stay at home instead of going to work.
Turn and talk: in a group of two or three, discuss Oliver's actions. How could he have handled the situation differently? Why do you think he didn't want to tell his sister how he was feeling? Why didn't he want to tell Joanna he didn't like her singing? Have you ever lied to someone because you didn't want to hurt their feelings?
Write down three ways to let someone know you are not feeling comfortable about a situation.
Extension activity: Create an acrostic poem for the word HONESTY with a phrase or word for each letter about being honest.
With Auntie stuck in traffic at a Lebanese wedding, Mikey, Salwa and Jerry must race to an office to register for SASIs, or Mikey's out.
Pixie is horrified when her space diorama goes missing and Miss Tan falsely accuses her of not doing her homework.
Lesson Theme: Achievement
Justin stole Pixie's diorama and claimed it as his own because he thought his was not good enough. Kyle said he didn't really care about his diorama and Maudie was proud of hers.
Turn and talk: In a group of two or three discuss the different attitudes the kids had towards the solar system project. Do you identify with one of the characters? Which one? Why? Have you ever wished you put in more effort when completing a project or task? Is it okay to get help with a project? Is it okay to let someone do your work for you then claim it as your own?
With a partner, or on your own, write down five strategies for managing your time when working on a big school project.
Extension activity: Maudie told Kyle his diorama was 'not very good', this is not useful feedback. Make a poster with speech bubbles that contain sentence starters for useful phrases when giving someone feedback eg; Maybe next time you could..... I like the way you.... Have you thought about.... . Share it with the class and put up on display in the classroom.
The Behind the News team report on a NSW school testing lockable smartphone pouches, Fortnite World Cup qualifiers concluding, the US competition to find the world’s ugliest dog and the latest in sport, locally and abroad.
When his dance troupe's concert routine is sabotaged, Zac hires the Inbestigators to find out who at the dance academy is responsible.
Lesson Theme: Excluding others
Trish sabotaged Zac's music after he was rude and disrespectful towards her.
Turn and Talk: In a group of two or three, tell each other how you think Trish felt after Zac treated her disrespectfully. Have you ever felt ignored, invisible or unappreciated? Are you a member of a team or club? Do you attend a special class outside of school? What are some good things about being in a team or troupe? What are some challenges you have faced when working in a group or playing in a team? How did you overcome these challenges?
Write down a list of 'Do's and don'ts' for working in a team, come up with at least 5 'Dos ' and 5 'Don'ts' eg; Do; Take turns to share ideas, Don't; Gang up on a team member.
Extension activity; 'Alphabet challenge': Come up with a word or phrase that has something to do with teamwork, sport, or performance for each letter of the alphabet. Eg; A: Athletics carnival B: Basketball C: Cooperation etc.
Pixie is furious when something she privately told Ava is made public, so Maudie resolves to find out how Pixie's secret got out.
Lesson Theme: Emotions and secrets
Pixie is upset with Ava because she thinks Ava shared her secret, when in fact Amelia saw the information on Pixie's phone.
Turn and talk: In a group of two or three discuss why Amelia wanted to look at Pixie's phone. Is it ever okay to go through someone's phone or private information without permission?
How can we keep our phones safe from people accessing our information? Why do you think Pixie didn't want everyone to know her parents were getting divorced?
Describe to each other some of the ways Ava acted as a good friend. Kyle mentioned using a soft blankie for comfort, what are some ways you comfort yourself when feeling sad?
Ava said she felt 'sad on the inside, not the outside' , what do you think she meant by that? Now with a partner, or on your own, write down 5 things you can do to comfort yourself or lift your mood when you are feeling sad.
The Behind the News team report on the state of animals in Australia and the people fighting to save the more than 500 animals on Australia’s threatened species list. The potential shake-up of Australia’s health star rating system. A giant squid being filmed deep underwater in the Gulf of Mexico. Plus, the Australian soccer player with club foot, a rare medical condition, whose community rallied around him to raise $3000 for special boots.
Hong Kong Protests
People in Hong Kong have continued to protest a proposed new law which would mean people accused of crimes in China could be sent there to face a trial. We investigate why the protests are happening and find out more about the history of Hong Kong.
Recently local government from around Australia got together for a big meeting and one of the main topics of conversation was recycling. It's been causing some big problems in Australia since a bunch of overseas countries said they no longer wanted to deal with our waste.
The CSIRO has released a report looking into the future of Australia. It spoke to a bunch of experts about what the country might look like in 2060 and they put forward a couple of very different scenarios, depending on what we and our governments do now.
We meet some school kids who are working with scientists to save Australia's endangered plants! Students at Woodlupine Primary School in Perth have been carefully growing three species that are in danger of extinction then harvesting their seeds.
Cricket Bat Kid
We meet a young Aussie who wants to share his love of cricket with as many people as possible! Ten-year-old Riley spends his spare time refurbishing old cricket gear and giving it to kids who need it.
In this clip from the Inbestigators, Amelia looks at messages on her friend's phone after figuring out her passcode. Is it ever okay to look at someone else's phone without permission? Why is it important to keep our phones locked? What kind of information is private on our phones? What might be some consequences of looking at someone else's private information?
At a loss for words? Expand your vocabulary with these unique terms from some of Australia's 300 Indigenous languages.
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