Photo on 7-02-2014 at 5.59 pmWelcome to Mrs Ryan’s Class Blog.  My name is Rebecca Ryan and I am currently teaching a grade of 5/6 students.  This blog provides students the opportunity to access educational resources as well as a place where their work can be showcased.

This blog has grown over many years and provides a vast array of educational games and activities for primary aged students.

Please take the time to explore my blog and please leave a comment.


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Read the 35 quotes and select the TEN that are most powerful to you.  In the comments section list the ten quotes, ranking them in order of significance from 1 to 10.   Following your ranking write an explanation as to why you selected your first preference.

Here are some inspiring and famous quotations about the gift of life and how to live a good life:

  1. “We know what we are but know not what we may be.” – Shakespeare
  2. “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucious
  3. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
  4. “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present’.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb
  6. “What one can be one must be.” – Unknown
  7. “Life is a gift.”
  8. “Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.” – Henry David Thoreau
  9. “You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.” – Irish Proverb
  10. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
  11. “Row, row, row your boat. Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.” – Alice Munro
  12. “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale
  13. “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires and a touch that never hearts.” – Charles Dickens
  14. “May you live all the days of your life.” – Jonathan Swift
  15. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” – Dr. Seuss
  16. “The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  17. “Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.” – Edwin Hubbel Chapin
  18. “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theordore Roosevelt
  19. “. . . that best portion of a good man’s life. / His little, nameless, unremembered acts / Of kindness and of love.” – William Wadsworth
  20. “Time’s fun when you’re eating flies.” – Kermit the Frog
  21. “The years teach much the days never know.” – Emerson
  22. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Seuss
  23. “Do a little more than you’re paid to. Give a little more than you have to. Try a little harder than you want to. Aim a little higher than you think possible, and give a lot of thanks to God for health, family, and friends.” – Art Linkletter
  24. “To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” – Emily Dickensen
  25. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.”  Henry David Thoreau
  26. “It’s good to have an end to journey toward, but it’s the journey that matters in the end.” – Ursula K. LeGuin
  27. “Climb ev’ry mountain, Ford ev’ry stream, Follow ev’ry rainbow, ‘Til you find your dream.” – Sound of Music
  28. “We grow great by dreams.” – Woodrow Wilson
  29. “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.” ― Dr. Seuss
  30. “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” – Hans Christen Andersen
  31. “To me every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.” – Walt Whitman
  32. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Helen Keller
  33. “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.” E.B. White
  34. “To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.” – T.S. Eliot
  35. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”  – Confucious

Commercial Analysis

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  1. What did you initially think this commercial was advertising?
  2. What was the commercial actually advertising?
  3. Do you think the company represented their brand well?  If so, why? If not, why not?
  4. Which character is the most powerful to you and why?
  5. What impact did the music have on you?
  6. Would the commercial have the same impact if there wasn’t any music?  Why?
  7. How many stories are there in this commercial?
  8. How do you feeling after viewing this commercial?


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Microfinance is a general term to describe financial services to low-income individuals or to those who do not have access to typical banking services.

Microfinance is also the idea that low-income individuals are capable of lifting themselves out of poverty if given access to financial services. While some studies indicate that microfinance can play a role in the battle against poverty, it is also recognised that is not always the appropriate method, and that it should never be seen as the only tool for ending poverty.

  1. What are the benefits of microfinance?
  2. Why do poor people need help to obtain loans?
  3. How do poor people obtain and repay the loans?
  4. What problems might poor people have in repaying the loans?
  5. What other resources do poor people need when they are setting up a small business?
  6. Why might loans only be available for people setting up a business and not for general living expenses?

Music – Lyrics and Video Clip

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Watch the video clip for Michael Jackson’s ‘Man In the Mirror’ and answer the following questions in the comments:

In what year was this song released and what was happening in the world at the time of it’s release?

What message does this song and video clip have for you?

Name two influential people featured in the video clip and explain why you believe they were chosen:

Describe the most powerful image in the video clip and why it is powerful to you:

What are some of the world issues addressed in the video clip?

What are your favourite lyrics from the song and why?