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?

GRA prediction

We are very excited to begin the Global Read Aloud here in 5M and what’s even more exciting is we are going to be connecting with another class from overseas (stay tuned for more information!). Each week we will have a chance share our thoughts about the book, whilst also getting to know a bit more about each other and our schools 🙂

The book we have chosen to read is Fish, by LS Matthews. Below you will see a picture of the book’s cover and the text from the blurb. Your task is to write a prediction about the story. Make sure you look closely at the front image and read all the the text so you can justify your prediction. Think about the story’s characters, setting and plot. Good luck!

My story starts the day that my parents told me we must leave our adopted home forever. Because of the soldiers and the drought we barely had enough to eat and we could no longer stay to help the people in our village.

Right before we were leaving I saw a fish in a small brown puddle and I knew I had to take it with me. The journey would be hard to get across the mountains—to the safety of the border and the people there who could help us. Yet when I put the fish in the pot I never realized what we would have to face. It never occurred to me to leave Fish behind.

A subtle and sophisticated exploration of life, the strength of humanity, and survival in an unforgiving world, Fish is a story that will teach those who doubt that, when hope is almost extinguished, miracles can happen.

Matching Fractions with Decimals

Hi everyone its Miss Buhov!

Once you have finished your fractions and decimals worksheets I will get you to answer these three questions as a comment to this post:

1. What did I learn?

2. How did you work it out?

3. How did you know they were equivalent?


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?

Did you know?

For our magazine page this year, we will be having the topic ‘Did you know?’. I would like you to write a 3 sentence paragraph about something you have learnt this term in our Natural Disasters unit. It could be about tectonic plates, volcanoes, seismographs…the list is endless.

Please write your paragraph as a comment to this post 🙂

Natural Disasters

This week you will be working in cooperative pairs to research a natural disaster. You are to research and answer the following questions together on Keynote and then will present your findings to the grade.

What is the natural disaster?

Where does it occur and why?

What damage does it cause?

Find some historical examples of your natural disaster.

If you find a good website for others to use, please leave a comment with the link. Thank you. Happy researching 🙂


…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.

Open Morning activity

Welcome to the parents and friends who have come along to Open Morning. Here is an activity for you to complete with your children in the classroom…

We are currently looking at shapes and angles in Grade 5. We can classify angles like this:

Acute angles: angles between zero and 90 degrees

Right angles: a 90 degree angle

Obtuse angles: angles between 90 and 180 degrees

Straight angles: a 180 degree angle

Reflex angles: angles between 180 and 360 degrees

Check out the angles around your classroom and complete the polls below. Once everyone has voted, we will be able to see the results.

How many acute angles can you find? free polls
How many reflex angles can you find? free polls
How many obtuse angles can you find? free polls
How many right angles can you find? free polls

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.

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