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A contraction is a shortened form of one or two words (one of which is usually a verb). In a contraction, an apostrophe takes the place of the missing letter or letters. Some contractions are: I’m (I am), can’t (cannot), how’s (how is), and Ma’am (Madam).

For example, “don’t” is a contraction that is short for “do not”; the apostrophe in “don’t” takes the place of the missing “o”. Another example is “o’clock,” a contraction “of the clock.” A less common example of a contraction is “jack-o’-lantern,” short for “jack-of-lantern”; in it, the apostrophe takes the place of the missing “f” in “of.”


On your blog, make a post about contractions. Include a definition, some examples and reference your work.

BtN – Space Rock (Assessment Task)

Watch the following BtN video and answer the following questions on a Pages document. Remember to answer in full sentences and use your best spelling and punctuation. This task will go into your portfolio and demonstrate your understandings of how to watch a video and respond to questions.

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1. A meteor recently exploded above what country?
2. Describe the damage that was caused by the meteor.
3. The force of the meteor that recently exploded was 20 times bigger than an ________ bomb.
4. How are asteroids, meteoroids and comets different?
5. What are meteoroids and asteroids generally made from?
6. Between what two planets would you normally find asteroids?
a. Mars and Jupiter
b. Earth and Mars
c. Saturn and Uranus
7. When a meteoroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere it’s called a _____________.
8. How are meteorites valuable to scientists?
9. Many scientists believe that a major collision between asteroids and the Earth 66 million years ago contributed to the extinction of what species?
10. What was surprising about this story?

Reading Groups – Fish


In class this week, we will continue to read Fish by L.S. Matthews.
To stay tuned in with our Literature Circles roles, each week, you will complete a role based on the chapters we have read during class. This week, we are focusing on Literary Luminary.
On the server,  you will find chapter 2 of Fish. Read chapter 2 on your iPad and complete the Literary Luminary role.  A reminder of the role is stated below:

Your role is to locate a few special sections of the text that you think your group would like to hear read aloud.

The idea is to help people remember some of the sections of the text that might be interesting, powerful, funny, puzzling or important.

1. Choose a passage from chapter 2, to share.

2. Justify why you chose that passage.

Possible reasons for choosing a passage to share:

  • well written
  • confusing
  • interesting
  • surprising
  • important to the text

Don’t forget to give examples from the text!

Once you have completed the above activity in your workbook, share your work with another member of your reading group.

BtN – Debating Championships

Watch the BtN video and post a quality comment with the answers to the questions below .

1. The teams debating in the BtN story were competing in the…
2. In your own words, describe what a debate is.
3. How many speakers are there on each debating team?
4. How long did the students get to prepare their argument?
5. How can you make a good argument?
6. Who won the debate?
7. What advice do the students give about debating?
8. How does debating help students with their school work?
9. How can it help with different jobs?
10. What was surprising about this story?

BtN: Ocean Rubbish

For those of you who are at school on Thursday, here is a BtN video for you to complete. It fits in very well with out CBL challenge – ‘reduce your impact on the environment’.

Watch the following BtN and answer the questions as a comment to this post. Don’t forget to answer in full sentences and check you spelling and punctuation.
1. Summarise this BtN story into your own words.
2. How many pieces of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every day?
3. How does plastic get into the ocean?
4. What can happen when plastics stay in the water for a long time?
5. What are microplastics?
6. Why are they harmful?
7. What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?
8. Explain Boyan Slat’s idea to clean up the garbage patch.
9. What can be done to prevent plastics from reaching the oceans?
10. What do you do to help the amount of rubbish entering the ocean?


…to the following students who have already completed the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge. There are also many other students in 5M who are very close to being on this list – keep it up! Happy reading 🙂




Liam P.



Which books have you enjoyed reading this year?

BtN – Tiwi Music

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1) Where are the Tiwi islands? Show their location on a map. You could answer the questions inside the map if you wish. Choose an app that would suit your needs.

2) What is the Main Idea of the Btn episode?

3) You be the teacher and create two questions about this BtN clip.

Reading Groups

For one of your activities in reading groups this week you will be reading a digital resource on an Asian country – South Korea.

1. Visit and type in the username and password. See board.

2. Click on the link ‘Discovering Asia’.

3. Click on the link ‘South Korea’.

4. Read through the chapters of the online book by clicking on the arrows in the bottom left corner or via the ‘Table of Contents’.

5. Answer the following questions as a comment to this post:

a) What different text types are included in the online book about South Korea? Why do you think there is a variation and not all the same one?

b) What are some similarities and differences between South Korea and the country you are investigating for your Getaway clip?

c) List 5 facts that you now know about South Korea.

BtN – Asian Century

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 2.07.56 pmWatch the clip twice. Write at least sentence length answers as a comment to this post. You may want to extend your answers out to a paragraph if you feel you need to explain in more detail.

  1. Why should Australian children learn an Asian language?
  1. The Asian century is coming. Describe one change happening in Asian countries.
  1. Why is being close to Asia good for Australia?
  1. What are the main languages Australians should learn?
  1. What problems must be overcome to teach Asian languages in Australia?
  1. What is the main idea of the BTN clip?

BtN – Food Additives

Watch the video below and then answer the questions as a quality comment to this post. If you get time, explore the ‘Related Information’ section next to the video on the BtN website.
1. Why are additives used in some food?
2. MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a…
a. Preservative, b. Colouring or c. Flavour enhancer ?
3.Why are some people concerned about additives in food?
4. Explain the eating program being trialled in a school.
5. Describe the health and behaviour differences the children noticed after
making changes to their diet.
6. Do you think there should be more information about additives on food
labels? Why or why not?
7. Are you concerned about additives in food? Why or why not?
8. What was surprising about this story?

Story Starters

Congratulations! You have now finished your narrative using the prompt ‘In the Box’. Now use all of the fantastic story writing skills you have learnt to use the website below. Click on a theme, spin the wheel and write your narrative based on the prompts the website provides you.

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You can write your story on Pages but don’t forget to revise and edit your work before you publish it as a comment to this post. Good luck 🙂

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