Preferential Voting – BTN

After watching the BTN episode on Preferential Voting have a go at answering these questions as a blog post on your blog.

Discussion Questions

1. After watching the BtN Preferential Voting story, explain how preferential voting works to another student.

2. For a political candidate to win their seat in an election they need to…

a. Win half the votes

b. Win half the votes plus one

c. Win 100% of the votes

3. What is the official name for someone that counts the votes in an election?

4. Not every country uses preferential voting. Can you name one?

5. Why are the advantages of a preferential voting system?

6. Why do minor parties prefer the preferential voting system?

7. What is the purpose of a “how to vote card”?

8. What is a polling booth?

9. Have you ever had to vote for someone or something? What was the process?

10. Can you name the three major Australian political parties? Who are their leaders?

Thursday 8th June

Hi everyone,

here is what I have planned for today:

Independent reading and a reflection

Answer these questions: Why do you think we have government?

Can you put into order who has power in Australia from most to least.

Watch BTN – Governor General

Writing – work on your 3 way conference, you need to have finished your draft for introduction and your reading.

Maths Online – I have set two lessons, Chance experiments 1560 and Observed and expected frequencies 1567

Political parties – get together with your party and all come up with a name for the party, a slogan and a platform (basic beliefs/values of the party). Vote for the best option for each thing. If you get all this done you can start working on a draft blog post about your party.

After lunch we will be working on this weeks Soundwaves unit.

Have fun, see you on Friday!

Solar Boats reflection

Congratulations on completing a Race Day that was challenging and using your problem solving skills to make changes to your boat when needed! Now we need to think back over the term and reflect on what worked and what didn’t.

Your first task is to fill in the Pie chart about team work in relation to building your Solar Boat. On your sheet there is three circles – one for Effort, one for Empathy and one for Cooperation. You need to think about each aspect and divide the circle into parts that represent each of team members contribution.

The next task is to write answers to the below questions on a page in your Solar Boats book.

6 Hats Reflection:

White/information/facts: If you were to do this project again, what information would you like to have before you begin?

Red/feelings: what emotions did you feel and why? Choose 3. What events contributed to these feelings?

Yellow/positives: What did you enjoy about Solar Boats, what were the great/fun/interesting things?

Black/negatives: What things did you find difficult/challenging about Solar Boats and why?

Green/changes: If you were to do Solar Boats again, what would you change? How would you like to prepare grade 5 students for Solar Boats?

Blue/ summaries/conclusions: This is a section for you to add your final thoughts about solar boats.

Eureka! Life on the diggings

butchers_chambl.jpgButchers shamble, Forest Creek
S. T. Gill
Courtesy of the La Trobe Collection
State Library of Victoria

Below I have listed some links to interesting reading about life on the diggings in the 1850s.

How do you think you would have survived as a child on the diggings in the 1850s?



Series and Parallel circuits – Wiring your Solar Boat

Hello there all you Solar Boat builders! Here are some links to help you understand more about the wiring of circuits.  The first is some interesting reading and the second is a you-tube clip that you will need to watch at home. The third link could possibly be the most important one for your group – The Solar Boat building guide.

Good luck!


Creating an Avatar

 Here is my first attempt at creating an Avatar!  I used Portrait Avatar Maker, it was easy to use and lots of fun. Reading is one of my passions and I have included a book in my left hand. If you could read the title it would quite possibly be along the lines of Eragon or Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, my favourite genre is Fantasy. I am also cuddling my cat Snowy, a fluffy white ball who has been part of our family for the past eleven years.

Although you cannot use some of the Avatar creators on the iPad I am sure that you will create something amazing. I am looking forward to seeing your Avatars this week and finding out how they represent you!



Energy is the lifeblood of our modern life. It powers our industry, it fuels our cars, and charges our iPhones. Related image

Here are some links you can follow to learn more about energy and electricity.

Presentation Reflection

Congratulations on some very clever and entertaining Cultural Inquiry Presentations!

Now for your reflection – as this is how we become more effective learners.

Blog post on Cultural Presentation

Biggest impact your culture has had on Australia

Comment on team work – sharing the workload

Reaching your presentation goal

Photo of model

Two Yellow hat comments

Two Green hat comments

Two Black hat comments

Looking forward to reading these!

Ms Morris

Operations with decimals and fractions


No, not that type of operation….

This type of operation!

maths operations

Today, in Maths, you will be looking at fractions OR decimals and using the 4 mathematical operations, carefully following the steps to complete these types of problems.

As you complete each type of operation problem, I would like you to create a ‘cheat sheet’ or a hints and tips sheet on what are the most important steps to remember to ensure you get a correct answer. This could have written instructions, drawings, diagrams or examples of what not to do!


What websites could you use to help you out? Where could you get questions from that involve the operation or fractions or decimals???


S.T.E.A.M. day reflection

3D Object – Design, Construct and evaluate


Within your presentation include


The name of your 3D object

Why is the object significant to your culture?

Why did you choose this object over everything else in your culture?

Photos of the design, real image and construction side by side as a comparison


Present the answer to these questions as a part of your presentation.

What issue did you have when designing and constructing? (group work, measuring, scale drawing, materials)

Did you complete the task in the set time? Did making the step by step goals/instructions help with keeping on track?

Did you stick you to your plan? How do you know?

What are the final measurements of your 3D model? (use Bosch job app to show measurements) Did you measure whilst you were building?

Did you use materials not on your list? Why/why not?

If you were to do the project again what would you do differently? Why?