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Animal Adaptations

Here are some links to great sites with information about animal adaptations:

For our comparing, contrasting & categorising lesson-20 amazing animal adaptations


National Geographic

Primary Connections

Cool Antarctica

Nature Works

BBC Nature (only works on internet explorer)

Kidswiki (very advanced)

About deserts



Use these sites to practise using apostrophes:

writing kit-this one’s the BEST!

Grammar book

BBC Skillswise

Here are some links to sites with short stories:

Short story time– Open this one in internet explorer and you can listen to the story as you read it

Kids Gen

Short kid stories– lots of classics in here

Mrs Walters English Blog– some more advanced short stories here


These sites give some insight as to how Aboriginals lived before the arrival of Europeans and how they reacted to their arrival:








Use this website to add items to your timeline from an aboriginal perspective- the timeline at the bottom has important events and connections- some of them have videos- watch them to gain a proper understanding:    firstfootprints

The First Australians: This resource comes from the amazing, important but incredibly sad and disturbing “First Australians” series from SBS .  This show has many difficult and upsetting descriptions- make sure you only watch it with your parents. This link will take you to a site that has clips from the show.

Channel 7 created a wonderful series on Australian history called Australia: The Story of us. You can find clips here on many important Australian events and people.

MY Place– choose one of the decades on the right hand side, then click on one of the icons to bring up some writing- what can you work out about this time by hearing about the people and things of the time?



The following sites give information about what life was like in Britain for the people who decided to emigrate to new colony of Australia:

Female and child convicts video

Convict voyages video

Convict information– this site gives some brief information about convicts coming and living in australia. it has a range of links that give much more information at the bottom

Victorian Britain 1– a dot point summary

Victorian Britain2-

Victorian Britain 3-

Victorian Britain 4- and this one (for very advanced readers)

this cool interactive site gives you an experience of leading a shipload of convicts to Australia: voyage


This cool reality TV series from ABC Splash  “Colonial Life” is about some modern Australians who attempt to live life like people did in colonial Australian times. Click on the different episodes on the right:

colonial-life website is part of the Sovereign Hill website and has audio recreations of quotes people made at the time of life on the goldfields of Victoria.

These websites offer information about the perspectives of different people and groups on the Victorian Goldfields:

Life on the fields– a range of perspectives including Aboriginal, Chinese, women and children’s perspectives

Life on the fields interactive- this interactive game takes you through what life may have been like for some different types of people on the goldfields.

Gold!- immigration & Population– Aboriginal and Chinese perspectives are given here

Gold!-life on the diggings– some information on the British upperclass and women’s perspective are offered here

Electronic Encyclopaedia for Gold in Australia– the Chinese perspective is explained

Electronic Encyclopaedia for gold in Australia-More on the Aboriginal perspective

The Irish In Ballarat

The Scottish in Ballarat

The Jewish People in Ballarat

Sovereign Hill Interactive map

This ABC Splash video helps explain what happened at the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat during the gold rush:



These two ABC Splash videos will help you understand more about Australia’s Federation:



This interactive website helps to explain Australia’s Federation including providing some primary sources that will help you understand how people thought at the time:

Federation info


This ABC Splash site outlines Australia’s immigration policy of last century that discouraged migrants from most parts of the worlds called the “The White Australia Policy”

These sites give some stories about the experiences of people migrating to Australia:

migration timeline

Migration Stories

migration stories2


This page provides a range of videos and resources from ABC Splash about Australian history:


These web resources offer timelines of events in Australia’s history:







Common Multiples-this Khan academy activity offers more practise finding common multiples



Turning 2 way tables into comparison graphs

Creating dot plots

Creating Pie charts

data & graphing interactive:

More advanced: view data from Aus census –

These 2 websites have a video and interactive that take you through how to turn data into pie chart

Maths is Fun



Powers of Ten – this Wikipedia page explains how scientists and mathematicians use index numbers or ‘exponents’ to express place value positions. It also includes prefixes that are used for these positions.

The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM)- AMAZEBALLS!- it’s like all the maths materials, but online. It has a grid and search function to help you find what you are looking for (oh, but it uses Java, so it only works on Internet Explorer…and you may need to update your Java following the links)

Working with fractions:

here are some weblinks to practise calculation of fractions

Adding fractions– this is a brilliant animation (like a widget in Hotmaths) that goes through the process you need to follow to add unlike fractions using pizza- you can put in your own numbers

Adding -there is info on here including an EXCELLENT animation (like a widget) to demonstrate the way to make like fractions- the quiz is at the end

Adding & Subtracting mixed numbers -there is info on here and the quiz is at the end

Adding and subtracting game

Multiplying fractions– -there is info on here and the quiz is at the end

multiplying game

Other fraction links:

Fractions of a group

Monkeys & bananas problem

Monkeys & Bananas


percentage is a kind of fraction we often see when shopping- this website has  a series of problems for you to solve:


Factors and multiples

This website lists the rules for finding factors of a number (whether that number is a multiple or not)  rules of multiples

This is the lesson we worked on about factor trees:

Prime numbers

Now we’ve learned about factors and multiples, it’s time to understand about PRIME NUMBERS- Mathematicians have been going on about these interesting numbers for millennia! Find out what they are and why they’re so interesting on these sites:

Start your exploration  here:

Murderous maths -primes

Numbers that only have 2 factors-1 and themselves are Prime numbers- all other numbers are composite numbers

And then have a try at these activities about primes and composite numbers (not primes!)



The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM)- AMAZEBALLS!- it’s like all the maths materials, but online. It has a grid and search function to help you find what you are looking for (oh, but it uses Java, so it only works on Internet Explorer…and you may need to update your Java following the links)

Integrated Studies

In term 4 we are studying


Here you will find links to videos that will be part of our lessons or can add to your understanding of what we’re learning.

The first is a long video that gives you a good picture of our solar system:

Lesson 1:

Lesson 2


Lesson 4


Lesson 5


Lesson 6

Lesson 7

Other space videos:

A new discovery of an ancient aboriginal observatory– the oldest known to exist in the world!

creation-our moon

Gaia space telescope!


In term 3 we are studying

Natural disasters.

Here are some web resources that may help you:

Slip, Slide, Collide: This is an awesome interactive game that has some excellent facts. A great way to learn about “plate tectonics”

Natural disasters1

Natural disasters 2

Natural disasters 3

Natural disasters 4

Natural disasters 5

Natural disasters 6

Natural disasters 7

Natural disasters 8

Natural disasters 9




Snow storms




And here are some video resources to give you more information:

Natural disasters

Earth’s Crust and Earthquakes:







In term 2 we are studying

Chemistry and Changes in Matter.

Here are a bunch of resources , readings and interactive activities you can use to find out more about matter and how it changes:

The properties of solids, liquids and gases animation

Atoms and molecules info:

1atoms -This is the resource to use in our skim and scan lesson


3-molecules and atoms

4-molecules from the ‘ducksters’ site

5-Atoms from BBC

6-Atoms, Molecules and Compounds from BBC

More on Matter

A police lab interactive where you identify substances from their properties

This page has links to lots of info on matter

Solids liquids gases from BBC

These 2 are interactives where you choose materials for a purpose depending on their properties:


2-Space shuttle

States of matter

Changing states

Physical or chemical change:




4-just chemical change

reversible change

irreversible change

reversible and irreversible change

reversible and irreversible interactive

Some awesome ABC splash videos from the surfing scientist:

Amazing properties of water

Properties of liquid & gas

Amazing change from liquid to gas

Dry ice and bubbles

GOVERNMENT web resources

Three Levels of Law-Making,

In term 1 we are studying forms of government and the qualities of good leaders. Our BTN homework should center around these concepts. Here are some suggested BTN articles for you to respond to:

Australia Day: 05/12/2006, Behind the News.

Moving Australia Day 09/02/2016 Behind the News

Constitution: 11/02/2014, Behind the News

Governor-General: 04/02/2014, Behind the News

Preferential Voting 03/09/2013 Behind the News

Asking the People 25/08/2015 Behind the News

Federation 18/03/2014 Behind the News

Indigenous Parliament 10/06/2014 Behind the News

State Laws 29/10/2013  Behind the News

High Court 13/09/2011 Behind the News

The Speaker’s Job: 11/08/2015, Behind the News

Voting Age: 10/11/2015, Behind the News

Voting Changes 01/03/2016 Behind the News

New Senate: 22/07/2014, Behind the News

The Senate 17/09/2013 Behind the News

Budget Taxes 20/05/2014 Behind the News

New PM 13/10/2015 Behind the News

Reconciliation Week: 26/05/2015, Behind the News

Young Leaders: 01/04/2014, Behind the News

Nelson Mandela: 03/12/2013, Behind the News




Book Reviews

 This website gives some instructions on tips for writing a review: Write a Book Review

This page has excellent reviews written by kids and is separated into recommended age levels making it easy to look at suitable reviews: readerviews kids

This one is a site filled with thousands of reviews written by kids, but as there’s so many it can be hard to find good quality ones written about more mature books: Spaghetti Bookclub

Auxiliary verbs are helping verbs- they go with a main verb to help it grammatically tell about tense , turn it into a question, tell about possibility or obligation

Have a go with these activities:

Modal Verbs are the auxiliary verbs that tell about possibility or obligation (they are especially useful in persuasive writing)

Have a go with this activity:








Here are some websites you may like to explore to add to the learning we’ve been doing in class. Some are websites we’ve used in class and some are websites that add to what we’ve been doing.



In term 4 we are reading and writing poems. The first 3 sites give some tips on writing different styles of poems:

This site has a lovely collection of poems written by kids that use lots of the techniques we’re learning:[child-author][0]=&filter[relationship][age-groups][0]=3

This site is an online rhyming dictionary- type in the word you want to rhyme with and hundreds of options come up:

This term we are also writing stories. This site has some great stories at different reading levels. Look for the techniques the author uses to create mood and voice- how do they create a sizzling start? How do they make their characters and settings come to life?  Do they use the power of threes/ strong verbs and adjectives/figurative language/show not tell?
A simple sentence just has one clause (subject and predicate) but a compound sentence has more than one joined by a conjunction(and, but,or, nor, yet, so, for)  or a semicolon(;), and a complex sentence has has clauses that depend on other clauses joined by prepositions or dependent words (e.g because, when, although).
Try this game to see how well you can identify them
If you did ok there, this page has loads of information and games to try:
Structuring a sentence-subject, verb, object.
Click on the link below and fill in the gaps- click done and check your answers!
Subjects and predicates:
Watch this video first, then do the activity on the link below:

Auxiliary verbs practise:[1].swf


  1. This one gives you information about all parts of speech except ARTICLES:
  2. This one is a good starting point- it has 3 levels that get harder:
  3. This one has more challenging sentences and covers most types of words:
  4. This site has links to loads of games:


Spaghetti Book Club is a great site with reviews of books written by kids- check it out and see what they say about books you’re interested in:




have a go at these games to understand some important chance concepts- they get more complex as they go: this one has a range of chance activities you can select from the activities drop down menu top right



HOTMATHS- this term our class have been given a trial membership to Hotmaths. We’ll use it  to investigate some maths concepts and then to practise these concepts for homework. Every student has been given a username and password.

Kids will be set tasks for homework. When you’ve done your week’s tasks you can check out “Fundamentals”, “Blockbuddies” or games from the array of 9 menu at the top of the page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO CLICK ON THE RED ICONS FOR THE HOTSHEETS AND MAKE SURE YOU DO IT ALL IN ONE SITTING. If you log in and out you wont be able to go back to the activity.


These games will help you understand and practise your division understanding:

This game divides a large amount of jewels into mining carts- you decide how many carts you’ll need-

This activity uses a ruler to show you how division breaks numbers up into equal parts (the same as fractions!)-

This activity shows you division problems set out in arrays- you choose the dividend (the big number that is the total array) and the divisor (the number of groups or columns) and then find how many in each group for the answer. It shows you how when you don’t have equal groups you get a remainder-

This site shows you how big division problems can also be visualised with arrays-

These two let you practise mental division-


We’ve been learning about factors- Factors are the whole numbers that multiply together to get a given number. They’re very important when you’re thinking about multiplication and division.

Here are some interactive games that explore factors- they go from easiest to hardest:

This video will explain factors and multiples and give you some problems to try out- -on this one you’ll need to click on “click here to play”– this one is tricky- play it a few times with a partner or try to beat the computer

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives- a great place to practice all sorts of maths- choose the year level and maths area, and then select an activity based on moving things around

We’re doing some rounding this term- if you’d like some practice, here’s a simple interactive rounding activity

Problem Solving

to start with….

choose 1 of the 80 problems- some of them have hints and solutions for you to click on/ some of them don’t- try solving them with a partner.

Write your problem into your maths scrap book and use pictures/numbers/words when you record, record, record- make sure you write your answer in sentence form and list the problem solving strategies you used.

…a bit harder-

This site has an excellent range of problems. Scroll to the bottom and choose which month’s problems you want to start with.

Write your problem into your maths scrap book and use pictures/numbers/words when you record, record, record- make sure you write your answer in sentence form and list the problem solving strategies you used.

(oh, and you can click on the answers down the bottom to check once you have done all you can)

one last one:

What an awesome game this is- what time do you have to get to to know you cant lose- this took me a few tries!


As part of Science week, we went to the science lab to do an experiment about melting chocolate.

This website will help you have the language you need to talk about what we will be doing. Make sure you take notes as you go!


our topic in term 3 was Marvellous Machines- check out the end result on our home page.
Here’s some websites that we looked at:

Thinking skills

At the beginning of our Endangered animals unit we investigated what our Multiple Intelligence strengths were. This is the excellent website we used:

As part of our learning about GRAPHIC ORGANISERS, we looked at FLOW CHARTS. If you’d like more practise, this is a nice activity:

…and something just because its amazing- the scale of the universe!


 Last year (2013)

Our Topic in term 4 is History. My Place the book and ABC series is a great way to look at our history and their website is awesome!
Another wonderful site kids will look at to give an aboriginal perspective on history is the gorgeous Dust Echoes site:
Here are some other websites we looked at that gave us an understanding of Aboriginal perspective of European settlement in Australia:
Later this term we will be heading to Sovereign Hill as part of our topic learning. Here are 2 websites to check out.
  • This is Sovereign Hill’s home page:

  • And this one from the National Museum gives a great feeling for working on the goldfields:   REVEIWS:- we are looking at the features of book reviews- this site has some great ea\xamples from kids:

2 Comments to

“Learning weblinks”

  1. March 14th, 2016 at 6:20 am      Reply abraham2014 Says:

    Dear Ant,
    The links for BTN are all for “Voting Changes” and I can’t choose a different one.

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