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Term 4, Week 3: Behind the News

Click on the link above and view the BtN story on the recent earthquake in Nepal. Titled, Nepal Earthquake. Then you need to answer the following questions in your English books.

1. As a whole class, before you watch this story record in your books what you already know about Earthquakes? Then, create a list of topic related words. You will build on this throughout this activity!

2. What magnitude was the earthquake in Nepal?

3. Describe the devastation the earthquake caused.

4. What is the top layer of the Earth called?

5. What are tectonic plates?

6. Where do most earthquakes occur?

7. How quickly do tectonic plates move?

8. Why are big earthquakes unlikely to occur in Australia?

9. What do the people of Nepal need help with?

10. How did this story make you feel?

11. Research Question: Where have we had an earthquake in Australia? When did this occur? What was the magnitude?


Early Finishers: Explore the community’s action plan after a disaster. Amelia from BtN checks in to find out how the Nepalese kids are doing what aid is needed most. Titled, Helping Nepal.

Group Learning Task for Week 3


Complete the following questions in your English book:

1. Summarise the BtN story about migration cuts.

2. Why was immigration encouraged after the Second World War?

3. How does the Government decide how many immigrants are allowed to stay in Australia?

4. What are skilled migrants?

5. Why are they important to the Australian economy?

6. Why has the Government decided to cut the number of skilled migrants?

7. Why do some people disagree with this?

8. Do you think the Government should reduce the number of skilled migrants? Explain your answer.

9. Use three adjectives to describe the influence of immigration on Australia.

10. Has your thinking about immigration changed since watching the BtN story? Why or why not?


After discussing our responses 6T created a vocabulary list to ensure we were correctly spelling the keywords from the text. Use the reading strategy ‘Finsing Word Meaning in Context’ to create 12 sentences that correctly use these words and define their meaning.

For example. The students were studying hard to complete their course in order to gain employment and successfully get a job at the end.

  1. employment
  2. economy
  3. immigrants
  4. immigrated
  5. migration
  6. government
  7. citizen
  8. document
  9. opportunity
  10. opportunities
  11. population
  12. emigrated

As a group, discuss and record what you think it means to be Australian.