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Behind the News: 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
ABC ME  |  May 31, 2016

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.

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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