thumb_Photo on 15-01-2016 at 5.22 pm_1024Welcome 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.

Sugar Tax

  1. Which country recently announced it will introduce a tax on soft drinks?
  2. Drinks containing more than ______ grams of sugar per 100 millilitres will be taxed.
  3. Finish the following sentence: The more sugar the drinks contain, the higher…
  4. What sort of health problems does a high sugar diet contribute to?
  5. Which celebrity chef supports a tax on sugary drinks?
  6. What proportion of Australian kids drink sugary drinks every day?
  7. How much sugar does the World Health Organisation recommend we eat every day?
  8. How does the daily recommended sugar intake compare to the amount of sugar in some drinks?
  9. Why do some people think that a sugar tax is a bad idea?
  10. Do you think there should be a tax on sugary drinks? Explain your answer.

Cuc Lam’s Suitcase

Cuc Lam’s Suitcase is an episode of the series National Treasures produced in 2004.

Cuc Lam’s Suitcase
Vietnamese refugee Cuc Lam took family photos and jewellery but sacrificed one precious possession to buy a suitcase, now in Melbourne’s Immigration Museum. Cuc Lam talks to Warren Brown about her journey to Australia and how this small red vinyl bag was a symbol of a new beginning in a new country.

After watching the video ‘Cuc Lam’s Suitcase‘ answer the following questions either in your homework book or as a comment on the blog.


  1. Why is it assumed that family photo albums and precious jewellery would be the items that viewers would save if they had to flee their homes?
  2. Who was Cuc Lam?
  3. Why was she a refugee?
  4. Where did she go to after fleeing Vietnam?
  5. Why did she end up in Australia?
  6. When did she arrive here?
  7. Why did Cuc Lam purchase the suitcase?
  8. Where is Cuc Lam’s suitcase now located and why is it a national treasure?
  9. What has happened to her in Australia?
  10. If you were forced to leave your home forever, what would you take with you?

Week 3 Homework

Please watch the two below videos.

Should famous people be exempt from following the law? 

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What is Australian Bio security?

Why is it important that we enforce the declaration of objects coming into Australia? What could be the consequences if we don’t?

How can this message help protect Australia from foreign pests?

NEXT write down three arguments that support your point of view. Be prepared to share these to the class and to try and convince others with a different point of view.

Investigating Scales

Investigating: SCALES

Activity 1:

Use the interactive to solve the problems below.

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  1. What item has an exact weight of 2.5 Kg?
  2. I weighed two items. Their combined weight was 7800 grams. What were the two items?
  3. One bottle of water weighs 1Kg. What other items weigh the same as one drink bottle when combining their total? (Rounding will be accepted).

Activity 2: 

On side A of your worksheet, record how much you weigh on each planet. The record your weight on the scales rounding off to the nearest Kilogram. (Hint: if it is 500g or above you round up! So if the weight is 9.33Kg, record 9Kg on the scale).

The scales are blank, so don’t forget, your weight goes in the middle, but on either side, the number before and after you weight must be shown too.

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