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Episode 6 15th March 2016

Plastic Packaging

Students will investigate how much food packaging they throw out and find ways to reduce their waste and impact on the environment.

Focus questions

  1. 1. Summarise the main issues raised in the Plastic Packaging story.
  2. 2. How much rubbish does the average Aussie throw away in one year?
    1. 1. 100 kg
    2. 2. 200 kg
    3. 3. 300 kg
  3. 3. Describe the photo from the US that people were outraged about.
  4. 4. How did the company respond?
  5. 5. What is `nude food’?
  6. 6. What are the benefits of `nude food’?
  7. 7. Describe what the kids in the BtN story are doing to reduce the amount of food packaging they take to school.
  8. 8. What are the benefits of reducing the amount of food packaging we use?
  9. 9. Name three things you learnt watching the BtN story.

10.How can you make a difference? Working in pairs, come up with some ways you can avoid or reduce the amount of food packaging you use?


What are all the different types of packaging?

  • Why do we have packaging?
  • What are the benefits of packaging?
  • What impact does packaging have on the environment?
  • How can the amount of packaging be reduced?

Students will examine how much waste they produce as a school and the impact waste has on the environment.

Schools Clean Up

  1. What anniversary is Schools Clean Up Day celebrating in 2016?
  2. Describe what the kids in the story are doing as part of the event?
  3. What did the kids in the story need to be able to start cleaning up their school?
  4. Schools Clean Up Day is an offshoot of which program?
  5. What year was the first Schools Clean Up Day held?
  6. Kids from approximately _ (number) schools around Australia have collected rubbish for Schools Clean Up Day.
  7. How many loads of rubbish have been collected since Schools Clean Up Day first started?
    1. a. 3,400 utes
    2. b. 3,400 buses
    3. c. 3,400 bins
  8. How can rubbish hurt the environment? Give one example.
  9. How do you help keep your school clean?
  10. Illustrate an aspect of this story.
  11. Test your recycling skills. Play the Zero Waste game to learn which type of waste goes where.


Endeavour Tour
Students will investigate Captain Cook’s voyage to Australia aboard the Endeavour
Focus Questions
  1. Who led the voyage of discovery on the Endeavour?
  2. What rare event was the Endeavour crew aiming to observe?
  3. What was their secret mission?
  4. How long was the journey?
  5. What happened to the Endeavour?
  6. When was the replica of the Endeavour built?
  7. What is the cat o’ nine tails and when was it used?
  8. Who was Joseph Banks?
  9. Name three facts you learnt about the Endeavour.
  10. Imagine you were on Cook’s voyage of discovery on the Endeavour.
Write a paragraph describing what it was like.

Episode 3

26th February 2016

Nuclear Dump

Key learning

Students will investigate the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power, from environmental, economic and social perspectives.

Focus Questions

1. Summarise the Nuclear Dump story.

2. What is uranium?

3. Finish the following sentence: Nuclear waste is...

4. What type of energy does nuclear waste release?

5. Why is it dangerous?

6. How does nuclear waste need to be stored?

7. In which state are they proposing that nuclear waste be stored?

8. What are the benefits of a nuclear waste dump?

9. Why are some people worried about the idea?

10. Should Australia have a nuclear waste dump?

What do you think?

Explain your answer.


Orangutan Gamers
Episode 2

16th February 2016

Students will explore the features of orangutans, including habitat, behaviour in the wild and conservation status.

Focus Questions

  1. Where does Malu live?

  2. Sumatran orangutans are

    1. Threatened

    2. Endangered

    3. Critically endangered Justify your answer. WHY!

  3. Finish the following sentence: Orangutans are highly intelligent and in captivity they can get...

  4. Give an example of how orangutans use their brain to solve problems in the wild.

  5. What have researchers come up with to help Malu use his brain?

  6. Describe the games the apes are playing.

  7. Why are some people worried about giving orangutans technology?

  8. What will the app `Orangstagram’ allow the apes to do?

  9. What sorts of things do zookeepers want to give the orangutans control of in the future?

  10. What was surprising about this story ?


    After watching the BtN Orangutan Gamers story, respond to the following quest

    1. What did you SEE in this video?

    2. What do you THINK about what you saw in this video?

    3. What does this video make you WONDER ?

    4. What did you LEARN from this story ?

    5. What was SURPRISING about this story?