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.

My Place

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Timeline of Australian History – 1788 to 2008


Visit the My Place website and write key facts about TEN decades on your timeline.


My Place – Bertie – 1918: http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/my-place/CH0814H010S00

View this episode of My Place – Bertie and answer the following questions in your workbook:

What’s the main idea?

Write a reflection comparing life in 1918 and today?

List ten facts from the story that you believe are historically correct?

Weapons Worries

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View the visual text.

Make notes of the key information whilst viewing.

Once the video is complete share your notes in groups of three.

As a group share the main ideas from the viewing.


In your workbook respond to the comprehension questions in full sentences. Use evidence and facts from the video to justify responses.

1. Which types of planes are being used?
2. What exactly are the planes doing?
3. Why do the people in this part of Iraq need aid?
4. What does I.S. stand for?
5. Who has asked for Australia’s help?
6. Which country is helping with airstrikes?
7. Prime Minister Tony Abbot has decided to send in Australian combat troops. True or False.
8. Explain why some people don’t want Australia to deliver weapons to Iraq.
9. What are some of the reasons countries have supplied weapons to other countries during war?
10. Do you think Australia should get involved in a war in the Middle-East? Explain your answer.

Write a message about the story and post it in the comments section on the story page found at the following website: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4081112.htm


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The Vine and the Branches

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.


Albert Einstein

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  1. What do I do when I get to a word or sentence that I don’t understand?

  2. What are the main ideas of the text?

  3. Write an outline about what this text was about?

  4. If I were to write about this what sub headings would I use?

Mouldy Bread

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There’s nothing worse than finding a mouldy piece of fruit in the bottom of a bag. Who ever thought that mouldy bread would lead to a the development of modern antibiotics? More cultures that you might know used mould to help prevent infection. Poultices of mouldy bread were used in ancient Egypt, ancient India, and ancient Greece, and penicillin, an important antibiotic, is derived from mould spores.

Mould spores are everywhere just waiting for the right environment to grow and multiply in. But what is the best environment for them? Is it cold or warm? Sunny or dark?

What You Need:

  • 1 piece of bread
  • 1 resealable plastic bags
  • Permanent marker
  • Water

What You Do:

  1. Put one slice of bread into the sealable plastic bag.
  2. Take your bag and place it in the environment where you believe mould will best grow.  Make sure your bag is sealed tightly. Label the bag with a marker.
  3. Develop a hypothesis as to what will happen to the slice of bread. Think about where mold grows naturally. What conditions are conducive to mold growth in nature?
  4. Check your bag daily to record any changes you see, and compare the results with your hypothesis.

Did You Know?

  • Different types of mould grow in the dark versus the light, and cold versus warm temperatures.
  • All mould is dangerous to eat. If you ever have a slice of mouldy bread it is recommended that the whole loaf be thrown out. Mould spores are microscopic and are already all over the entire loaf even if colonies haven’t developed yet.


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