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Behind the News: Irma recovery/Uniform Debate/Kangaroo Control/Ten Dollar Stars/Minecraft Park
Irma recovery/Uniform Debate/Kangaroo Control/Ten Dollar Stars/Minecraft Park
ABC Me  |  September 19, 2017
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Irma recovery
The clean-up has started in parts of Florida and the Caribbean that were devastated by Hurricane Irma. We find out what's being done to help people affected and speak to two sisters from Florida who had to evacuate from their home because of the hurricane.

Uniform Debate
There's been a lot of talk recently about school uniforms, and whether girls and boys should be forced to dress differently. Recently the Western Australian government made it compulsory for schools to give girls a choice of pants or dresses and last week Victoria decided to bring in similar rules. Some reckon forcing girls to wear skirts makes them less likely to get active at school, but others reckon it should be up to schools to decide what their uniforms look like. We take a look at the uniform debate.

Kangaroo Control
Kangaroos might be one of Australia's national emblems, but some reckon these much-loved native critters are becoming a problem for the environment. They say in some areas the kangaroo population is just too big, and they're eating too much. One expert says the solution is to cull kangaroos encourage people to eat more roo meat.

Teaching resources included
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 Understanding / Biological Sciences:
Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs

English / Literacy / Interacting with others:
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)

Ten Dollar Stars
Next week the Reserve Bank of Australia will release the brand-new ten dollar note! It features a whole bunch of new security features, as well as some familiar faces. We take a look at the new note and learn more about the famous Aussies who feature on it.

Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (Years 5 and 6)

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching:
Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines (Years 5 and 6)

HASS / History:
The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony (Year 5)

The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation (Year 6)

Minecraft Park
Back in 2015 we met some school students who were taking part in a competition run by the South Australian Government asking kids to design a real-life park using Minecraft. Now they've been able to see their design come to life! We catch up with the designers and find out how they feel about the finished product.

Irma recovery
The clean-up has started in parts of Florida and the Caribbean that were devastated by Hurricane Irma. We find out what's being done to help people affected and speak to two sisters from Florida who had to evacuate from their home because of the hurricane.

Uniform Debate
There's been a lot of talk recently about school uniforms, and whether girls and boys should be forced to dress differently. Recently the Western Australian government made it compulsory for schools to give girls a choice of pants or dresses and last week Victoria decided to bring in similar rules. Some reckon forcing girls to wear skirts makes them less likely to get active at school, but others reckon it should be up to schools to decide what their uniforms look like. We take a look at the uniform debate.

Kangaroo Control
Kangaroos might be one of Australia's national emblems, but some reckon these much-loved native critters are becoming a problem for the environment. They say in some areas the kangaroo population is just too big, and they're eating too much. One expert says the solution is to cull kangaroos encourage people to eat more roo meat.

Teaching resources included
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 Understanding / Biological Sciences:
Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs

English / Literacy / Interacting with others:
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)

Ten Dollar Stars
Next week the Reserve Bank of Australia will release the brand-new ten dollar note! It features a whole bunch of new security features, as well as some familiar faces. We take a look at the new note and learn more about the famous Aussies who feature on it.

Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (Years 5 and 6)

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching:
Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines (Years 5 and 6)

HASS / History:
The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony (Year 5)

The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation (Year 6)

Minecraft Park
Back in 2015 we met some school students who were taking part in a competition run by the South Australian Government asking kids to design a real-life park using Minecraft. Now they've been able to see their design come to life! We catch up with the designers and find out how they feel about the finished product.

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