Btn-Don’t Panic

2 families were asked to participate in a drill of some fake natural disasters. The Mathews family had to participate in a pretend bush fire, and the (no name provided) family had to participate in a pretend cyclone. The Mathews do things like fill up the bath and block all open cracks of windows and doors so the smoke does not get inside. The (no name provided) family did things like put tape on the windows, and tried to drive through flood water, which is a really bad mistake and is very dangerous. The kids, however, knew this and saved the family from a very crucial mistake. The Mathews had to put out small fires and wear glasses to make things look dark so it looked like smoke and they also wore earmuffs so they could hear the loud roar of the fire. Their kitchen is on fire, so the family try to escape by moving to the bathroom, which really is not a very good idea because now they are trapped! In the fake cyclone, the (no name provided) family do not know what to do as the fake storm rages outside. The people who are helping with the fake cyclone bang against the door to give a slamming effect as if the wind is blowing hard against the door. Then after all these scary things, the family are let out!

Fact 1: The natural disasters were quite realistic.

Fact 2: The kids coped better than the adults.

Fact 3: The fire was actually real!

Understanding 1: I understand that it would be really scary.

Understanding 2: I understand that not all people would be able to cope with this.

Wondering: I wonder what it would be like to be in a fake or REAL natural disaster.

BTN-Capetown Water Crisis

Fact 1: Capetown has been suffering from a very bad drought for several years now.

Fact 2: Water reserves are so low in Capetown that the whole town is at risk of running out.

Fact 3: Authorities predict that the taps could be turned off by June 4, and they are calling this day zero.

Understanding 1: I understand that this would be so scary for them.

Understanding 2: I understand that 50L of water really is not much.

Wondering: I wonder what the authorities will do about the problem.

BTN-Disaster Recovery

Fact 1: So many homes were destroyed

Fact 2: Entire villages have been submerged

Fact 3: The people got severely injured and needed medical assistance

Question 1: How bad was it?

Question 2: Was anyone killed?

Wondering: I wonder if I will experience something like this.

Herald Sun Kids-A huge rip in the ground in Africa

Fact 1: Scientists believe that Africa is splitting in two.

Fact 2: The big split was created by a flood.

Fact 3: In around 50 million years the tectonic plate of Somali will split in two completely!

Question 1: Did anyone fall into the hole?

Question 2: If people are still on the earth in 50 million years, how will the people deal with the whole continent of Africa splitting in half?


Wondering: I wonder how the people would prepare.

Herald Sun Kids-Hawaii Volcano

Fact 1: The Volcano in Hawaii had an earth quake after it which got up to a magnitude of 6.9!

Fact 2: The earth let out toxic gasses and some parts of Hawaii were not safe because of this.

Fact 3: Most of the volcanic activity is around the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens areas or towns of the Island of Hawaii, also called The Big Island.

Question 1: How did gasses come out of the ground?

Question 2: How can eruptions occur under water?

Wondering 1: I wonder how these people felt after all he terror. Isn’t this basically what happened to Pompeii, a city in Rome?

Kids News:Extreme Weather (Herald Sun)

Question 1: What did these people do to save themselves from this terrible weather?

Question 2: Did they find out what caused the Cyclone?

Fact 1: After the bad weather about 23,000 homes were still without power.

Fact 2: Peoples belonging were still floating around after the incident like Peppa Pig (the toy not actual Peppa Pig 0_0)

Fact 3: A bushfire destroyed up to 70 homes!

Wondering: I wonder if we will have extreme weather in melbourne any time soon.

Btn-Anzac Day (Sorry, colour code stuffed up again)

This article talks about a boy named Anzac. He is the fifth person in his family with that name. They have all been named this in memory of his great, great grandfather. He was listed in the army in 1950, and this was a big deal because he was aboriginal and married. This was when the aboriginals weren’t considered as citizens if Australia. Australia’s first part of the war was Gallipoli. They were told it was going to be easy. Why would they say that? I understand that no war is going to be easy. He survived the first war then went to Egypt, then France. Then, was reported missing. Later, in 1960, they found out that he died in action of the war. He was one of 60,000 Australians that died in World War 1. His medals were returned home by his great, great, great grandmother. Then, soon they got given to Anzac’s family. Those medals are the originals, and are probably quite hard to find. Now they celebrate Anzac Day, and not just for Gallipoli, but for people who have risked their lives fighting in the war and protecting our country.







Kids from Aberfoyle Park High school have created some games, thanks to coding.

Fact 1-There are different colours of letters or blocks depending on the type of code you are using.

Fact 2-Coding language is called ‘Python’

They work as teams to design games, and then, when they are finished, they give their finished code to their teacher, who then emails them to an app store.

Fact 3-This is the first school in the country to be registered as a developer under it’s own name.

Coding is definitely going to be a big part of technology in the future.

Question 1-Would coding complicated games with many levels be very hard compared to our coding website we use? (Scratch)

Question 2-Why do they encourage coding in that school so much?

Wondering-I wonder if any of their games will become very popular and famous?


BTN-Weedy sea dragons

15 Kilometres from Sydney, is what they call ‘dragon territory’. If you jump in, you can see the weedy sea dragons. They are interesting little creatures that float around amongst the seaweed. They are native to Australia and they are related to the sea horse. They can be found in the waters mostly off the east and south coast. They drift around in the water and they blend in with the kelp and seaweed. But, they are becoming harder and harder to find, and not just because of their good hiding skills. They used to be quite common on the north side of Sydney, but now they are not common at all. If you’re lucky, you can see one, but sometimes, you don’t see any. Instead of catching them and tagging them, all of the ones that are found, they are asking the finders to take pictures of them and send them in. They are using special software to look at the special, unique patterns on their bodies. They give them names every time they get a new pattern. Weedy sea dragons are classified as near threatened. But scientists think that this research could provide enough information to get them listed as endangered. They think that climate change is part of the problem. The rising temperatures kill the kelp, and it leaves them homeless.

BTN-Tasmanian Devils

A few years ago, BTN reported that the Tasmanian Devils were suffering from a life threatening disease. Many zoos have been trying to keep them alive by using a special breeding program, that might save their lives. Tasmanian Devils population has been cut down by more than 80% and they are now an endangered species. People believed that Tassie Devils died out a long time ago, to be precise, about 400 years ago.

Tasmania used to be the only place where you could find Tassie Devils in the wild, but when Europeans settled in, the animals were being hunted because they were eating all the settler’s chickens. Now, Tasmanian Devils are protected by law. But, since the mid 90s, they have been suffering from a very bad disease. It’s called the Facial Devil Tumour  Disease, and it’s a special kind of cancer, because it’s contagious. We don’t know what causes it, but it happens when the devils bite and scratch each other. The tumours build up around their face and mouth, and it spreads, till it gets so bad, that the devil can’t eat, then, the devils sadly starve to death. Once they have gotten it, they usually only have 6 months to live. Tasmanian Devil babies are called joeys, and are no bigger than a grain of rice. The mother usually has 30 babies, but because it only has 4 teats, only 4 of the babies make it. So far in the Devil’s breading program, they have breaded more than 50 joeys. But it has been a bit challenging, because for some reason, devils born in captivity don’t get pregnant as easily.  The zoo keepers don’t know why, but they are finding out. The goal is to bread a bigger population of Tassie devils, incase the ones in the wild die out. As the disease spreads, we are still finding the cause and the cure to this horrible disease. Otherwise, the ones we see in captivity, will be the last ones we see.