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.

Australian Citizenship

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“Australian citizenship is an important step in your migration story. Becoming an Australian citizen means that you are making an ongoing commitment to Australia and all that this country stands for. It is also the beginning of your formal membership of the Australian community. It is the step that will enable you to say ‘I am Australian’.

Australian citizenship is a privilege that offers enormous rewards. By becoming an Australian citizen, you are joining a unique national community. Our country has been built on the combined contributions of our Indigenous people and those who came later from all over the world. We celebrate this diversity and at the same time, strive for a unified and harmonious nation.

The strength of the Australian community means that we work together to solve problems and to make Australia the great country that it is. We have a stable system of government and Australians respect the authority and laws of the government. Our stability, our culture and our laws have been shaped by our history. By joining the Australian community, you will inherit this history and you will be in a position to contribute to it.”

QUOTE FROM: http://www.citizenship.gov.au/should_become/

The citizenship test consists of 20 questions drawn at random from a pool of questions. To pass the test, you must answer 75 per cent, or 15 out of 20 questions, correctly.


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.