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Episode 5

13th march 2012


lood evacuation

  1. Explain the BtN story to another student.

  2. What does evacuation mean?

  3. Give some reasons why people might need to evacuate buildings or homes.

  4. Why is it difficult to evacuate whole towns or cities?

  5. Who decides whether people need to be evacuated from an area?

  6. How do they let people know to evacuate?

  7. Why is transport a big issue?

  8. Describe the importance of shelter when people are evacuated.

  9. What are some other needs of people who have been evacuated from their homes?

  10. Name three facts you learnt in the Flood evacuation story.


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Media police



  1. What did the BtN story mainly explain?
  2. Describe the `News of the World’ phone hacking scandal.


  3. What did the media inquiry investigate?

  4. What improvements did the inquiry say could be made?

  5. Which organisation does a person complain to about an inaccurate TV news report?

    1. APC

    2. ACER

    3. ACMA

  6. Who would complaints about a newspaper article be made to?

  7. Describe the idea of setting up a `super watchdog’ to police the media.

  8. What did the inquiry say about the media making corrections and apologies?

  9. How have some people reacted to the recommendations of the inquiry?

  10. What do you understand more clearly since watching the BtN story?



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Cotton cows



  1. Before you watch the BtN story, make some predictions about what you think the story is about.

  2. According to a recent survey, where did three quarters of year 6 kids think cotton came from?

  3. Why are some people worried about kids not knowing where things come from?

  4. Why are farmers concerned about the survey results?

  5. Why are some people blaming supermarkets for kids not knowing about food production?

  6. Why might kids’ knowledge about this topic have changed over the years?

  7. What are some schools doing to teach kids about how things are made?

  8. Do you think it’s important for kids to understand where and how things are produced? Explain your answer.

  9. Illustrate an aspect of this story.

  10. What was surprising about this story?


Create a true or false quiz using facts from the BtN story. Give it to another student to try.

Class clowns



  1. Discuss the BtN story with another student.

  2. What is the comedy competition the kids are taking part in?

  3. How did Sammy J get into performing comedy?

  4. At the workshop before the competition, the kids get the opportunity to…

  5. What is observational comedy?

  6. What are some other types of comedy?

  7. What advice do they give about a career in comedy?

  8. Why do the kids involved in the competition like performing comedy?

  9. What do you think would be some of the challenges of performing comedy?

  10. Which type of comedy do you like? Why?






Who are some famous comedy duos? What are the benefits of comedians working with another person?

Pushing boundaries



  1. Retell the story in your own words.

  2. Which are the most popular sports in Indonesia?

  3. Who has sent Jane to Indonesia to teach kids to play cricket?

  4. How many Indonesian kids have taken part in the cricket program?

  5. What is one of the main aims of the program?

  6. What techniques are the kids taught?

  7. Jane doesn’t speak Indonesian. True or false?

  8. What life skills do the girls learn?

  9. How have the kids involved in the program reacted to it?

  10. What did you like about the Pushing boundaries story?



Find out when Australian women started playing cricket and how long they have been competing internationally.

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