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Iraq Battle/Shark Nets/Nuclear Friendship/Mozzie Season/Kid Cuts
ABC ME October 31, 2016

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.

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