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Behind the News: 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/Milk Prices/Mangrove Warning/Footy Huddle/Park Design
ABC Me  |  May 24, 2016

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.

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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