Alternative Energy Sources

Here are some resources which you may find useful when beginning your research on your alternative energy project.



Here is a picture link to a website called STEMWorks. It has lots of science articles for you to read.

In your little green book, answer the following questions using your knowledge of nonfiction texts.

1) What is the title and who is the author of your article?

2) What is the Text Structure of your article?

3) What is the main idea of your article?

4) Explain why you believe this is the main idea of the article?

5) Record 2 facts from the article.

6) Record 2 new things you learnt that you might/could apply to your passive energy house.

Passive House Plans

Hello Architects and Drafts people.

Below are the two images that should guide you on what Council are expecting to see when you submit your passive energy house plans for approval. Council are very strict about their house plans, so it’s in your bet interests to take your time, make sure you are precise and accurate before submitting your plans.

Make sure your plans are detailed enough to show your knowledge of the passive design elements and show how your house is making best use of the land type/issue you have been given.


house plan

If you click on the pink, it will open up the house plans so you can see the level of accuracy needed!

Happy planning!

Elements of Passive Design

Hi Teams,

Welcome to phase one of your passive energy house- building your knowledge of passive design and designing your house.

To build a passive energy house, you have to use the elements of passive energy design, to use them effectively and efficiently, you have to know what they are! Some of you have a few ideas about what these are, so lucky you if you have them in your group!

For this afternoon, we will be looking at this website:

passive design

You’ll need to read the website together in your team- use the sidebar menu to navigate through the different elements. There are 11 different elements. Before you can move any further onto designing your house (like selecting images of houses you like, having a go at drawing some rough plans, thinking of building materials, or building your house) your team will need to pass an ‘examination’ with the ‘local council’ (Mr Andrea, Mrs Boyd or Miss C). Any member of your team could be asked to explain their understanding of any of the 11 elements of passive design! So it’s really important that you all have a shared understanding of each of the elements.

Use this afternoon’s session to read through the website together, take some notes, summarise each paragraph. You will not be allowed to have the notes with you when you face the ‘local council’ panel. There is no time limit on how long you have to do this, however, if you are sent back to study harder, there will be a time limit placed on you before you can be re-examined. You don’t want to take too long either- too much time spent here, means less time building!

Communicate clearly with your group, accept responsibility, focus hard, manage your impulsivity, apply some past knowledge, persist and listen to others with empathy.

Good luck- ‘local council’ look forward to meeting with you soon!

Climate Change

Good morning 5C,

Are you starting to feel more knowledgeable on climate change and the effect it has on our planet? Are you starting to see why it is a little bit important that we know about sustainability?

Here is another information report about climate change. I know it’s an information report because it has headings and sub headings, an introduction, it has pictures with captions, a labeled diagram, it’s factual and precise and it is written in the present tense using accurate scientific language. These are the things you will need to include in your information report.

Here are the PDFs. You will need to read them and annotate them in an app- the same as we did yesterday. Record any important words, your thoughts, ideas and questions. Maybe this information report will give you some ideas on your Living Sustainably information report.

climate change 1

climate change 2

What was something you thought while reading this information report?


Global Changes and Greenhouse Gasses

Hi 5C,

Let’s dive into looking at some of the reasons why it’s important that we start looking at our thoughts and behaviours relating to sustainability.

There are two articles for you to read. Do you know what type of writing these are?

Global Changes

Greenhouse Gasses

Open the documents in an app that you can use to annotate these articles in. You will need to read both of them carefully- you can read with a partner.

You will need to high light any key words and use your chosen app to record any questions, ideas or thoughts that you have about these articles.

Leave me a comment telling me something new that you learnt or an idea you had while reading.

I’m looking forward to reading what you think.

Thank you 5C

Today, 5C I was quite proud of you all. For people not in our class, I’d better explain why.

This morning I had yard duty. As I was walking around our beautiful school yards, I noticed something that made me quite upset. Our yard was covered in rubbish. There were packets, zip lock bags and glad wrap blowing around the oval and stuck in our gardens and on the footpaths.
And the part that made me really upset, was that no one was doing anything about it.
I decided to talk to my class about this problem.
And even though it probably wasn’t their rubbish, they came outside with me, and a wheelie bin, and we picked up all the rubbish we could from all around the school.

And we almost filled the wheelie bin.

And after that, I think we felt pretty proud. We had good feelings of pride, and respect and integrity after doing something great to make our school look a little bit better.

But there was a feeling rippling underneath. That even though we picked up all the rubbish and almost filled the bin, maybe that wasn’t a good thing. That maybe the rubbish in our yard was a bigger problem. That it does more than just make our yard look yucky. That maybe it’s actually damaging our planet.

Interesting Plastic facts

Plastic Pollution

Scary Plastic Bags

Plastic facts

But, we’re just one class of grade 5 kids. Surely we can’t do anything about it…. can we?

Do you think it’s a problem? Is there anything we can do about the rubbish in our yard? Do you think we should do something about it? Why or why not?

Ride to School Day Data

Hi again everyone,

I know lots of you are working on your Ride to School Day presentations at home.

Here is the whole school data that we collected, in case you need it for your presentation.


Remeber that the biggest thing that we’re working on is presenting the data in a way that’s easy for your grade to understand. Our prep presentations should look different to our grade 3 and grade 6 presentations.

Don’t forget that there’s the opportunity for us to share some of our presentations at assembly, on the TV in the office, on the school’s blog and in the newsletter.


Plastic Free July!!

Do you know where your plastic bag goes after you throw it away?

Do you know what happens to your plastic drink bottle when you’re finished with it?

plastic bag

At school for the month of July (and a little bit of August too!) are participating in Plastic Free July.  Across the next few weeks, our grade will be participating in some plastic awareness activities.


The aim of Plastic Free July is to limit our use of single use plastics, like plastic bags, plastic packaging, plastic straws and plastic bottles. At school we are hoping to have a ‘nude food’ lunch day where we don’t have any single use plastic at all in our lunch boxes for a day.

Your family can take up the challenge if they like- you can try being plastic free for a week, a month or even a whole year.
This is the official Plastic Free July website:
The website has lots of great ideas for how you can reduce the amount of plastic in your day to day lives.

This website  has some really wow facts about plastic like…
A plastic cup can take 50-80 years to break down.
An estimated 13 BILLION plastic bottles are disposed of each year.
Plastic and other rubbish in the ocean kill up to 1 MILLION sea creatures every year.
Every year, Australians use 6.9 BILLION plastic bags every year.

Which plastic fact blew your mind? What do you think we could do to try and reduce the amount of plastic we use? Do you think it matters how much plastic we use? I’m keen to read your answers in the comments!