December – activity list

Over the next few couple of weeks, there are are many work tasks that need to be finished. Please refer back to this post to ensure you are on the right track!


  • Buddy stories


Finishing off tasks that have already been started:

  • Mars Project
  • Shape City
  • Blogging
  • Rookie Reporter


Please click here to find your end of year activities menu. Please select tasks that you are interested in and will be able to complete to the best of your ability. Some links you might need are:

GST – the tax even kids have to pay!

Today, we will be talking about TAX! We will watch the BtN video above and learn about what the Goods and Services Tax is and what % GST adds to our everyday items.

What do you think about the GST?

What do you think about  the government raising the GST?

What are taxes used for?
Name three products that you don’t pay GST on.
Which products do you buy that have GST on them?
What is the difference between goods and services?
Why is the government thinking of making the changes?

Synonyms and Antonyms

This week, we are learning about synonyms and antonyms!

Synonyms are words that have the same or nearly the same meaning.

Antonyms are words that have the opposite meaning.

Create a post on your blog about words synonyms and antonyms.  Your post can be set out like this:

What word doesn’t belong (synonyms):

Happy, sad, cheerful, bright

list the antonyms for the following words:


Once you have created your post, ask your friends to answer your questions. You may like to present this differently – it is up to you!

Moon Phases

Once you have created your November 2015 calendar, you are now ready to start filling it in! Below is a website where you can go back to the start of November and fill in the moon phases from 1st November to the 11th November (today).

Don’t forget for each day to include:

  • A drawing of the moon
  • The name of the moon phase
  • The % full
  • The moon’s rise and set times

Good luck :)

Click here to visit the moon phase website!

Remembrance Day


The 11th of November is Remembrance Day, a significant date that marks the end of World War I. Next up we’ll hear from two Rookie Reporters who travelled to Gallipoli for the ANZAC centenary commemorations earlier in the year. We asked them to record their experiences and share with us how their view of Remembrance Day had changed since their return. Here’s Tiffany and Lily.

Post your answers to the questions below as a quality comment.
1. Complete the following sentence: Remembrance Day marks the end of…
2 . Where did Tiffany and Lily go for Anzac Day? Locate using
Google Maps.
3 . Why is Remembrance Day important to Tiffany?
4 . Why was the trip to Gallipoli important to Lily?
5. Where was the dawn service held?
6. Who was James Martin?
7. What happens at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the
eleventh month?
8. How has the trip to Gallipoli changed Tiffany and Lily’s understanding of Remembrance Day?
9. How do you remember those who fought in the war?


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. You can work with a partner if you like.

BtN – Space Rock

Watch the following BtN video and answer the following questions on lined paper. Remember to answer in full sentences and use your best spelling and punctuation.

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?