Behind the News
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Behind the News: Iraq Battle/Shark Nets/Nuclear Friendship/Mozzie Season/Kid Cuts

ABC ME October 31, 2016

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Iraq Battle: The ongoing battle for one city in Iraq has captured attention around the world. The city is Mosul and while most countries aren't directly involved in the ...

Iraq Battle: The ongoing battle for one city in Iraq has captured attention around the world. The city is Mosul and while most countries aren't directly involved in the fighting there, they are interested in the result. That's because the city is currently being held by extremist group Islamic State. We take a closer look at the situation there and meet some of the kids stuck in the middle of it. Shark Nets: Should Australia's eastern beaches be protected by shark nets? That the controversial issue being debated right now after some recent shark attacks in the area. Some say people should be kept safe no matter what, others say we need to consider the welfare of sea life first. We look at both sides of the argument before letting kids have a say. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: 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 the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 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 6 Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 6 English / Literacy / Interacting with others: Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions Year 6 Nuclear Friendship: It's not often a classroom lesson strengthens the relationship between two countries. But that's exactly what happened when the kids of Yalata in regional South Australia had a teacher from Japan visit to tell them about the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki. After hearing about the experience, those kids shared what they learnt with their elders, the traditional owners of Maralinga.And together, they decided to create a statue for Nagasaki to express their understanding and support. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas English / Literacy / Creating texts: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features Year 4 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 Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience Year 6 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 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 Mozzie Season: A particularly wet winter in many parts of Australia has experts warning that a bad mosquito season is unfortunately heading our way. We find out why these tiny pests enjoy biting us so much and what can be done to stop them. Kid Cuts: Would you trust a kid with only a few hours experience to cut your hair? Well some adults did recently, when they signed up for free haircuts in Melbourne. We find out how the young amateur hairdressers found the experience.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Cricket Ball Tampering/Facebook Data/Aboriginal Flag History/Viking Myths/E-sports League

ABC Me April 3, 2018

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Cricket Ball Tampering It's the controversy that's had the whole country talking. Some of our biggest Australian cricket players have now apologised after being caught ...

Cricket Ball Tampering It's the controversy that's had the whole country talking. Some of our biggest Australian cricket players have now apologised after being caught breaking the rules during a test match in South Africa. Facebook Data The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has said sorry after more than 50 million of his social media site's users had their personal information taken. He's also announced changes to help better protect privacy. But that hasn't stopped some people from saying it's time we logged off Facebook for good. Aboriginal Flag History After a long fight, the Alice Springs Local Council has voted to fly the Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill. It's actually the area that inspired the flag's design. Here's more on the decision and the history behind the flag itself. Viking Myths A new museum exhibition in Melbourne is hoping to debunk some of the myths surrounding Vikings, a group of people that lived in Northern Europe from the 8th to the 11th century. E-sports League Schools around the country have been asked to submit teams for the first ever National High School E-Sports league starting later this year. The competition will pit teams against each other in League of Legends.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: BTN Kids' Happiness Survey/Australia Day Debate/Threatened Species Day/Spacesuit History/Zombie Class/Rock-climbing

ABC Me September 5, 2017

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The BTN Kids' Happiness Survey is now open! As we revealed last week, the BTN Kids' Happiness Survey is now open! So please encourage your class to jump onto our website to ...

The BTN Kids' Happiness Survey is now open! As we revealed last week, the BTN Kids' Happiness Survey is now open! So please encourage your class to jump onto our website to have their say. We're working with experts from the University of Melbourne this year. They will help us interpret the results and use them as part their international research into children's lives. It'll only take about 6 minutes to complete and all answers are anonymous. You have until the 22nd of September to have your say! Australia Day Debate Over the past few weeks, a couple of local councils have confirmed that they have cancelled their Australia Day celebrations for 2018. ABC radio station Triple J has also recently released a survey asking people what they think of moving the date of their 'Hottest 100' music countdown from the 26th of January. It's all because of the negative feelings Australia's Indigenous people have towards this date. But the Prime Minister says he strongly disagrees with the push to move it. We'll recap both sides of this debate so you can decide where you stand. Threatened Species Day Next week is National Threatened Species week. It's the perfect time to learn about the challenges faced by different species around the world. So next week, we're going to meet some of the rangers tasked with protecting animals from poachers in Cambodia. But as we'll learn, it's not just the animals who are in danger there. Teaching 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 the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Spacesuit History Astronauts could soon get a slick wardrobe update. Space X founder Elon Musk has announced a new design of spacesuit that he says will work better and look better too. So we're going to take a look at the history of spacesuits and find out what they have to do to keep astronauts safe. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space science: The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) Year 5 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 and 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills: Critique needs or opportunities for designing, and investigate materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to achieve intended designed solutions Year 5 and 6 Zombie Class What's your favourite subject at school? English? Maths? How about preventing the world from being hit by a catastrophic zombie apocalypse? We joined the students of one Aussie school as they learnt how to save the world from zombies - and found out what other lessons can teach us in the process. Rock-climbing Rock climbing is going to feature in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo for the first time. Fourteen-year old Leah is one of the rock-climbing athletes leading the way for Australia internationally. We asked her to tell us more about this sport - just as she's getting ready to compete for gold at the World Youth Championships.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Voting Age Experiment/Australia's Population/Kids Contribute Survey/Plastic Campaign/Record Message

ABC Me March 13, 2018

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Voting Age Experiment Our next 'Ask a Reporter' topic In Australia, no one can vote in an election until they turn 18. But what would happen if that age was lowered? That's ...

Voting Age Experiment Our next 'Ask a Reporter' topic In Australia, no one can vote in an election until they turn 18. But what would happen if that age was lowered? That's something that South Australia's Commissioner for Children and Young People is aiming to test during the upcoming state election there. The group are asking school students aged 16 and 17 to vote, before adding those unofficial results to real ones to see what effect it would have had. Australia's Population - a BTN two part special Over the next two weeks, BTN will join the rest of the ABC in taking a special look at Australia's population. In the first of our two part special, we're going to take a look back at our long journey to 24 million people. We'll follow that with an investigation into where our population is headed and the debate around whether that growth is good. BTN's Kids Contribute Survey How much good do Australian kids do in their homes, schools and communities? That's exactly what we want to find out with the first ever BTN Kids Contribute Survey. Watch our story all about a young volunteer - and then jump online to fill in our short survey about all the things you do for others. Plastic Campaign Meet a 12-year old on a mission to reduce the amount of plastic in our oceans. Arlian has been dubbed the 'plastic-free boy' and he hopes to inspire kids around the country with his own documentary, 'Plastic Alarm'. Record Message The world's oldest message in a bottle has been discovered in Western Australia, 132 years after it was dropped in the ocean. It's an incredible find - and it's telling historians a more than you might expect.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Adani Mine/Flu Season/Uluru Climbing Ban/Recycling Week/History of Electricity

ABC Me November 7, 2017

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Adani Mine You might have heard about a big project that's been proposed for Queensland's Galilee Basin. An Indian company called Adani wants to create one of the biggest coal ...

Adani Mine You might have heard about a big project that's been proposed for Queensland's Galilee Basin. An Indian company called Adani wants to create one of the biggest coal mines in the world there but it's really controversial. In fact it's one of the biggest issues being talked about in the lead-up to the Queensland State election. We find out more about the mine and why it's been causing so much debate. Flu Season If you came down with the flu this year, you're not alone! This season has been the worst in years, with around 220,000 people coming down with the Influenza Virus. It's got some calling for a stronger flu vaccine and even suggesting it should be available for free to everyone. We look at what the flu is, how a vaccine can help and why this year was such a bad one. Extended teaching resources Learning Areas - 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 and 6) Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations (Year 7) Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (Years 5 and 6) Uluru Climbing Ban Uluru is one of Australia's biggest tourist attractions but, from 2019, visitors will no longer be able to climb the famous rock. It's something traditional owners have been fighting for for many years because, to them, Uluru is a sacred site. We look at the debate that led up to this historic decision. Recycling Week Next week is National Recycling Week, when Australians are encouraged to think a bit more about what they throw away. We take a closer look at the recycling process, find out what we can put in our recycling bins, and what we can do to reduce waste. Extended teaching resources Learning areas - 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) Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences: Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that 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 and 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) BTN Investigates - History of Electricity Friday the 10th of November is World Science Day, so we thought this week would be a good time to answer a question one of our viewers has about an important scientific discovery - electricity. Ethan asks when electricity was first discovered, and we've done our best to find out!

Behind the News
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Behind the News: The Year in Review/Ask a Reporter

ABC Me December 5, 2017

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The Year in Review This is our final episode for 2017, so to celebrate, we're taking a look back at some of the biggest stories we covered this year. We'll run you through all ...

The Year in Review This is our final episode for 2017, so to celebrate, we're taking a look back at some of the biggest stories we covered this year. We'll run you through all of the good, bad and the downright fascinating things that happened, plus we'll have a special 15 question super quiz to test your memory on too. And if that wasn't enough, we'll also reveal the winner of the first BTN Teacher awards. Join us for all the fun on BTN next week! Ask a Reporter Join Nathan as he answers all of your questions about how BTN is made. Head to our website to find out more and to send him all of your special BTN-related questions. 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) Media Arts: Plan, create and present media artworks for specific purposes with awareness of responsible media practice (Years 3 and 4) Plan, produce and present media artworks for specific audiences and purposes using responsible media practice (Years 5 and 6)

Behind the News
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Behind the News: NSW and Victoria Bushfires/What is the Commonwealth?/Voting Age Experiment Results/Mars Class/Easter Bilbies

ABC Me March 27, 2018

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NSW and Victoria Bushfires A closer look at the bushfires that hit Victoria and New South Wales last weekend. Here's an update on where things are at now and what help is ...

NSW and Victoria Bushfires A closer look at the bushfires that hit Victoria and New South Wales last weekend. Here's an update on where things are at now and what help is still needed. What is the Commonwealth? The Commonwealth Games are just around the corner and this time the Gold Coast is hosting right here in Aus! Athletes will soon be arriving from around the world. But who decides which countries are actually invited? Voting Age Experiment Results As voters around South Australia went to the polls for the 2018 state election, hundreds of 16- and 17-year-olds were having their say as well. We told you all about it a few weeks back. But now, the results of this unique experiment are in. Mars Class Have you ever wanted to go to Mars? Well one group of high school kids get to go there every Thursday morning. Well, kind of. Easter Bilbies You probably remember seeing a lot of chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and tasty bunnies in shops leading up to Easter. But did you know, there's an Easter symbol that's a little more local - the bilby. I went to meet this threatened creature and found out how buying the chocolate version can help the real thing.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: The Cabinet Files/Apology 10th Anniversary/Cryptocurrencies/Chinese New Year/Surf Classes

ABC Me February 13, 2018

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The Cabinet Files There's been a lot of discussion over the past week about some top secret documents called the Cabinet Files. They were found in two filing cabinets sold in ...

The Cabinet Files There's been a lot of discussion over the past week about some top secret documents called the Cabinet Files. They were found in two filing cabinets sold in a second-hand furniture store. We'll find out why the release of these documents is such a big deal. We'll also reveal how it could be illegal to do so in the future. Apology 10th Anniversary Today marks 10 years since Kevin Rudd said sorry to the stolen generations. We'll take a look back at the big moment and the reasons why it happened. Cryptocurrencies: Our next 'Ask a Reporter' Topic Cryptocurrencies have hit the mainstream following the sudden rise, then fall, of the value of bitcoin. But what actually is a cryptocurrency and how are they different to regular currencies? Chinese New Year Friday, February 16, marks the beginning of Chinese New Year. But you might be wondering why it's celebrated a month after the official change of year in Australia. Tune in for the answer. Surf Classes Recently some kids with a vision impairment in New South Wales got an awesome surfing masterclass from a record breaking Paralympian. Matt Formston wants to inspire others in a similar position - and the results speak for themselves.

Behind The News
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Behind The News: 11/06/2013

ABC June 11, 2013

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ASBESTOS The rollout of the NBN has hit some controversy after it was revealed that contractors doing the work may have exposed residents to asbestos dust. BtN explains what ...

ASBESTOS The rollout of the NBN has hit some controversy after it was revealed that contractors doing the work may have exposed residents to asbestos dust. BtN explains what asbestos is and why it can be a dangerous material if it's not treated in the right way. REPUBLIC Last week we saw Wayne Swan and Malcolm Turnbull both agreeing on the same issue, even though they're from different political parties. They want Australia to become a republic. But what would it mean if Australia was to become a republic and how would a head of state be chosen? YOUNG SCIENTISTS Every year, the world's best young scientists get together for a huge international science and engineering fair in the United States. It gives students a chance to talk about their ideas with science experts and showcase their work. We meet some of the winners and look at their amazing inventions. AUCTION IDOL How do you feel about public speaking? Could you convince a group of people to buy a house? We meet a group of school kids who are part of the Auction Idol competition where they put their public speaking skills to the test. And, as Matt discovered, it's a lot harder than it looks. BUSH TUCKER A group of city kids are getting a taste of what life was like for their Aboriginal ancestors. They've travelled to the Queensland bush to learn about their culture and to experience bush tucker. They took a video of what they got up to.

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Behind the News: July 30, 2019

ABC Me July 30, 2019

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UK Prime Minister Last week people all around the world were talking about the UK's new PM. His name is Boris Johnson and while he's been in politics for a long time he's ...

UK Prime Minister Last week people all around the world were talking about the UK's new PM. His name is Boris Johnson and while he's been in politics for a long time he's known as an unconventional leader with a big personality and an unusual hairdo! We find out more about who Boris Johnson is and why his leadership could have a big impact on the UK and other countries. FaceApp and Privacy You might have seen a lot of pictures passed around recently of your friends or celebrities looking much older than they are. They come from a popular app called FaceApp which lets users change their appearance. But it's caused controversy because of terms and conditions which allow FaceApp to store and sell your photos. We find out more about data collection, why companies do it and how you can protect your privacy online. Uluru Tourists One of Australia's most famous natural wonders has been busier than usual lately. Heaps of tourists have been travelling to Uluru, with many hoping to climb the famous rock before a ban comes in in October. Some locals say it's led to an increase in rubbish and illegal camping in the area. We look at what's been happening and why the climbing ban has been put in place. MS Readathon This month primary school kids across Australia will be sticking their noses in as many books as possible for the MS Readathon. They'll be raising money to help people who live with a condition called multiple sclerosis or MS. We meet some kids who'll be doing the readathon and find out why it means a lot to them. Girls Rock We meet some kids who've spent part of their school holidays learning how to be rock stars! They took part in a program called Girls Rock which is designed to show kids that music is for everyone.

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Behind the News: May 7, 2019

ABC Me May 7, 2019

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Parliament Anniversary May 9 is an important day in the history of Australian democracy. It's when Australia's first parliament was opened in Melbourne in 1901 and when ...

Parliament Anniversary May 9 is an important day in the history of Australian democracy. It's when Australia's first parliament was opened in Melbourne in 1901 and when Australia's old Parliament House opened in Canberra in 1927. With the federal election coming up Martin decided to travel back in time and look at the beginnings of Australia's government. Ask Annabel Election Special (Part Two) The second part of our election special featuring the ABC's election expert, Annabel Crabb, who's answered kids' questions about Aussie politics and how elections work. Capital Move One of Australia's closest neighbours could be about to get a new capital city! Indonesia's president has suggested that the government should thing about moving away from Jakarta because it's too busy, too polluted, and because it's sinking! Amelia finds out more about what's happening in Indonesia and why choosing capital cities can be a complicated business. Jazz Festival On Tuesday music lovers in Australia and around the world marked International Jazz Day. The celebrations are set to continue over the weekend as thousands of school kids take part in the Generations in Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier. Jack found out more about what jazz is, where it came from, and why it's still loved by people of all ages. Young Newshounds We meet some students from Ararat in Victoria who are keeping their town informed with their own local news service.

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Behind the News: May 14, 2019

ABC Me May 14, 2019

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Extinction Report A new report has been released with some bad news for the creatures we share the planet with. It says more than a million of the world's species are at risk ...

Extinction Report A new report has been released with some bad news for the creatures we share the planet with. It says more than a million of the world's species are at risk of extinction. It says that's worse than at any other time in human history, and it's mostly our fault. We look at what's at risk, why it's happening and what can be done. Ask Annabel Election Special (Part Three) With the election just around the corner, political expert Annabel Crabb answers some more questions from kids about voting and the political process. Royal Rule There have been a few big stories in the news recently featuring royalty. In the UK there was a new royal baby, Japan got a new emperor and in Thailand the new king was coronated. We look a bit closer at the tradition of royalty and find out where royals still reign and why. Instagram Likes Instagram is trialling a big change that could eventually have a big impact on social media. It's going to hide the number of likes that photos and videos have. The idea is to stop the app being used to judge people's popularity, which can have a big effect on people's mental health. We look at how "likes" can affect young people and find out what kids think about the changes. Sausage Sizzle history We finish this week's show with a fun look at an Australian election tradition; the "democracy sausage". Sausage sizzles have been a part of elections in Australia for a long time and Jack explores their interesting history.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: The BTN Welcome Book revealed/Climate Debate/Qatar Tension/Desert Animals/Sheepdog School

ABC Me June 20, 2017

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The BTN Welcome Book Revealed Last year, Behind the News asked you to draw pictures of welcome for all of the young refugees and migrants that arrive here to start a new life. ...

The BTN Welcome Book Revealed Last year, Behind the News asked you to draw pictures of welcome for all of the young refugees and migrants that arrive here to start a new life. Incredibly, more than 12,000 of you took part. On the 20th of June, we will officially launch the book that all of you helped create. Tune in to find out if your pic made it in! And we'll give all of you a special gift to say thank you for helping us create it. Climate Debate Last week, we told you all about the Paris Climate Agreement and how the US is pulling out. Australia is still part of it though, and this week, talk turned to how we might achieve our own emissions goal. A review suggested a 'clean energy target' is the way to go. But the government is split on the idea. We'll take a look at Australia's energy market and find out how a clean energy target might change it. Qatar Tension Next, we're going to take you to the middle east, where tensions between neighbouring countries have flared. Some countries in this area have joined together to cut off another one - Qatar. But why? We'll tour the region to find out. Desert Animals How can some simple chicken wire save the lives of thousands of small native animals in Australia's Simpson Desert? Well, it's now being used by scientists to create homes to protect these important creatures from the feral animals trying to turn them into dinner. We take a look at the program and find out which feral animals are causing all the problems. Sheepdog School A group of kids from a small farming town in NSW are learning the art of sheep dog training. They've been involved in a special program that's all about training dogs to herd and manage sheep. We asked them to explain how it works.

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