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Remote and Flexible Learning Term 3: Week 2

Grade 5/6 Additional Learning Tasks

Welcome to your weekly ‘Additional Learning Tasks’ for Week 2. This week we have 5 tasks for you to explore. Have a read through, pick one or more that peaks your interest or maybe even challenges you! Once you’ve completed them, feel free to email your teacher with feedback or your responses and share them with your family and friends. 

Task 1: Explore the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Go to:

Watch and explore the 360 degree video of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and tour their lab while they build the Mars Rover!

What Wonderings does this tour spark for you? 

What would you ask the engineers working at the facility about building rockets, rovers and about space travel? 

Is this a job you’d like to do? Go online and research what it takes to be an NASA engineer or an astronaut. 

Task 2: Planets of the Solar System

Explore this information from Scienceworks about our Solar System at the Scienceworks website:

Then, draw and create your own diagram of the solar system.  Watch this video to help you:  


Task 3:  Create a house of cards!

Using 1 deck of cards (or more if you have them!) build a house of cards.  How high can you go? What techniques worked really well to make your house stable and tall?  What techniques did not work? How could you improve your house – without using anything other than cards to hold it in place? 

Task 4: Can you solve this shape problem? 

Task 5: Write and perform a play about being an astronaut!

Imagine you’ve just landed on the moon.  What would that experience be like?  Write a play describing your experience as an astronaut and perform it for your family.  Alternatively, include them in your play and give them all roles to play! 


Grade 5/6 Additional Learning Tasks

Welcome to Week 8 of your ‘Additional Learning Tasks’ Grade 5/6! This week we have five tasks for you: one to get you walking, one to get you cleaning, one to get you managing your time, one to get thinking ‘outside the box’ and one to get you thinking mathematically!!

Task 1: Plan a 30 min walking circuit. Use Google Maps to plan a walk around your neighbourhood with an adult at home or an older sibling.  Remember, you need to get back to your house within the 30 mins.  What sites from your area would you like to see on your walk?  Can you include a mix of hills and flats on your walk? What about spotting different landmarks? Mix it up and have fun!

Task 2: Real Life Learning: Change the whole bed!  Remember when you practiced changing the doona cover?  Use that skill again to change the whole bed – pillow cases, fitted sheet and doona cover.  Don’t worry if you don’t have all of the things they mention in the video – just use what you have! Now, change every bed in the house.  Ask an adult where to put the dirty sheets if you’re not sure. 


Task 3: Ted Ed: How to stay calm under pressure. In Week 5, you watched a video on ‘How To Practice Effectively’.  This week, you can build on that skill, by thinking about staying calm and focusing when you are working on mastering a skill.


Make a list of the steps you need to maintain focus and see if you can follow the advice of the Ted Ed experts and include it in your day.

Task 4: Quick Thinkers.

A) Of all the things you are learning, what do you think will be the most useful when you are an adult?

B)How would the world be different if animals could talk?

C)Would you cheat on a test if you knew you would not get caught? Why or why not?

D)If you could grow up to be famous, what would you want to be famous for?

E)If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

Task 5: Place Value Puzzle. Read each clue to help you figure out the eight-digit number.

______  ______  ______ , ______ ______ ______ . ______ ______

A) Multiply 3 by the number of days in a week. Subtract and write your answer in the thousands place.

B) Add 3 to the difference between 5 and 2. Write your answer in the ones place.

C) Divide the number in the thousands place by itself and then multiply the answer by zero. Write your answer in the tenths place.

D) Subtract the number of days in a weekend from the number of days in February (non-leap year). Divide your answer by 2. Subtract the number in the thousands place from that answer. Write your new answer in the hundredths place.

E) Add the numbers from the tenths, hundredths and ones place, and then divide by 2. Write your answer in the tens place.

F) Divide 16 into the number of hours in two days and write your answer in the hundred thousands place.

G) Multiple the number in the hundred thousands place by the number in the thousands place. Subtract 20 from that answer. Write your new answer in the ten thousands place.

H) Subtract the number in the tens place from the number in the ones place. Write your answer in the hundreds place.


Grade 5/6 Additional Learning Tasks

Welcome to week 6 of your ‘Additional Learning Tasks’ Grade 5/6! This week we have five tasks for you: one to get you performing, one to get you designing, one to get you helping, one to get searching and one to get thinking ‘outside the box’!

Task 1: Act It Out!

Everyone loves a little drama. Whether it’s a play, movie or a TV show. Here’s your chance to be a star! Select a scene from your favourite movie, memorise the lines and act it out! Record your scene and email it to your teacher. You can use props, people, background music – anything you like! Your video needs to be between 20-60 secs. Get creative and have fun! Who knows, we might have an up and coming Hollywood star amongst us.

Task 2: Course Design

Design your own obstacle course! You might have a cool backyard with a trampoline, a swing set and cubby house or cool trees to climb. These would be a great starting point! If you wanted to make yours indoors, you could use your couch and cushions, chairs, tables, door frames or bed! (Please ask permission from an adult first). Climb over things, under things, squeeze around things. Make it more challenging by balancing something like a book or teddy on your head! If it drops you have to go back to the start. Get creative! Challenge your family too!

Task 3: Can you change a doona (or duvet) cover? 

Where do you even start???  Watch this tutorial to find out.  Then ask if you can change the doona covers in your house. If you get stuck while you’re changing them and at the end it doesn’t look right, just go back and start again. With a bit of practice you’ll master it! 


Task 4: How many squares are there? 

Task 5: Quick Thinkers!

  1. If you could choose one thing that costs money and make it for free for everyone forever, what would you choose? Why?
  2. If you could invent a new subject that would be taught to all children in school, what would the subject be? Why do you think children need to learn about this subject?
  3. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
  4. You’ve been stuck inside your house for months. Today you are allowed out, but it’s pouring rain and only 6 degrees. You have no transport to take you anywhere, so if you leave the house, you will get saturated and it will be freezing cold. Do you leave the house? Why or why not? And what will you do?
  5. You have the choice between a piece of your favourite fruit delivered cold to your door everyday for three years or your favourite burger. Which do you choose and why?


Grade 5/6 Additional Learning Tasks

Welcome to week 5 of your ‘Additional Learning Tasks’ Grade 5/6! This week we have five tasks for you: one to get you solving and thinking about thinking, one to get you designing, one to get you moving, one to get you practicing and one to get thinking ‘outside the box’!

Task 1: Can you solve the Red Dragonfly Maths Challenge?

Follow the link to the Red Dragon Maths Challenge.  

Try to solve each maths problem without clicking to reveal the answer.  You can use your maths book to write down the question, so you have space to work it out and show your reasoning.  Try and solve the problem in under 10 mins.  If by 10 mins you’re still solving or you’re just not sure, you can choose to either unlock the answer to check or keep going until you solve it.  If you do unlock the answer, go back and look at your attempt to solve it and see if you can work out what was missing or where you went wrong.  Remember, even if you don’t get the correct answer, that’s ok! Understanding where you went wrong or what was missing from your workings out is just as important in maths as solving the problem!

Start at ‘Get Started’ for more instructions then move on through each task.

Good luck, mathematicians!

Task 2: Design a new building for Greenhills to be built on the Bruce Oval

It can be used for whatever you like, but whatever the building is for, it must benefit the entire Greenhills school community.  

What would you like the building to be used for? 

What will be inside the building?  

How much will it cost to build?  

You’ll need to research where to get materials and which materials you’ll need.

Design a plan for your building making sure you include EVERYTHING you need to include.  

Write a persuasive letter to Mr Penson and Ms Hough trying to convince them that your design should go ahead.  The perimeter of the Bruce Oval is 50mx60m. Work out what the area is. 

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Task 3: Move Your Body!

Create your own circuit workout! Create 10 stations of different workouts to get your whole body moving. Each station should have a workout of 1 minute with a 30 second break in between. This should total 15 min. Try and select exercises that build strength or raise your heart rate. For example; sit ups (building abdominal strength) star jumps (raising heart rate). If you have exercise equipment around your home like skipping ropes or hand weights, you could incorporate them into your circuit. Otherwise you could use canned food as hand weights and skip without a rope. It still raises your heart rate! Once you’ve created your circuit, why not try it out with your family! 

Task 4: TED ED: How to practice effectively

Why do teachers and coaches ask you to practice a skill? What does practice do to your brain? Watch this video to find out! 

Now that you know more about how important practicing a skill is if you want to improve and master it, think about how you can use practicing into your day for activities you really enjoy doing and for school work that requires practice to remember and improve at.  What do you want to get better at? Which skill would you love to master? 

Make a list of the steps you need to do to practice your skill and see if you can follow the advice of the Ted Ed experts and include it in your day.

Task 5: Quick Thinkers!

  1. You can have any three things that you want.  In return, you must give away three things that are about the same size as the things you get.  What do you give away?
  2. How would life be different if there was no electricity? 
  3. If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?
  4. If you could choose a holiday to go on with your best friend, where would you go and why?
  5. What superpower would you like and why?


Grade 5/6 Additional Learning Tasks

Welcome to week 3 of your ‘Additional Learning Tasks’ Grade 5/6! This week we have five tasks for you: one to get you counting, one to get you planning, one to get you knotting and two to get you thinking ‘outside the box’!

Task 1: Calendar Counting

Work out what day it would be if:

  1. Yesterday was 16 days before Wednesday
  2. Ten days ago yesterday, was five days before Friday

Work out what date it would be if:

  1. We started on January 1st, counted forward 98 days, counted back 165 days and then forward 302 days.
  2. We count 164 days before Remembrance Day, 37 days after that day, a further 259 days post and 83 days pre.

Task 2: Send Me Away!

Plan a mini break for your teacher anywhere in Australia. You must select:

  • A beautiful location for your teacher and a friend or partner
  • Three days two nights accommodation
  • Flights (if required) 
  • Car hire (if required)
  • One adventure / exciting activity
  • One relaxation activity
  • One cultural activity
  • Two restaurants for dinner

To record your information, you can use Word, a spreadsheet or write it down on paper. Then, publish it into a booklet.

Think about who your teacher is, what things they may like to do (not what you’d like to do). Will it be a warm or cool climate location? 

And because your teacher is AMAZING, you have a budget of $4000! So you can make it nice and luxurious!

Task 3: Real Life Learning: Knots!  

Watch this video about different kinds of knots.  Practice making them and then choose your favourite and master it.  Why do you think we should know how to do this? In which situations do you think this would be a useful life skill to have? 


Tasks 4 & 5: Quick Thinkers! 

Write a narrative about the zoo without using the names of any animals. 

Pretend that you get to make one rule that everyone in the world must follow.  What rule would you make and why?


Grade 5/6 Additional Learning Tasks

Welcome to Week 2 of your ‘Additional Learning Tasks’ Grade 5/6! This week we have five tasks for you: one to get you planning, one to get you designing, one to get you researching, one to get you thinking ‘outside the box’ and one to get you dancing!

Task 1: Plan a grocery shopping list and budget.  Having a list and a budget when you go to the shops to buy groceries is a great way to make sure you get exactly what you need and don’t forget something really important.  It’s also really useful so you can stick to a budget and don’t end up spending all of your grocery money on a trolley full of Cheezels (as tempting as that idea is). Right now, it’s also really important to have a grocery list so that when you go to the shops you can go in, get what you need and then go home again! Your job this week is to have a go planning the meals for your family and ‘shop’ for the groceries you will need.  You have a budget of $250.  

Plan the meals you’d like to cook for the week and make a list of ingredients you’ll need.  Use Coles or Woolies online to find prices for the groceries you need to buy.

How many meals (including snacks) do you need for the week to feed the whole family? 

Can you save money by making enough of a recipe to have leftovers for lunch the next day? 

Can you buy particular ingredients that can be used in more than one recipe for the week? 

Can you stick to your budget? What could you do to make sure you stick to your budget?

Task 2: Design a new team sport.  You will need to think about every part of the game, including:




Equipment Required 

Number of players on each team

Is it for adults? For kids?  For everyone? 

Write down your rules and create a scoring sheet (think about the types we use for Inter School Sports).

You will also need to design the field/arena where your sport will be played.

Write down all of your essential information about your new sport and then publish it as a promotional poster or ad telling everyone about it and telling them why they should play! 

Task 3: Real Life Learning!  There are lots of really useful ‘life’ skills that we don’t always learn in school.  If you’d like to learn some of these useful skills, we’ll be including one a week for you to have a go at.  Sometimes you’ll need to watch and follow an online tutorial but other times you’ll need to use the research skills you used for your Inquiry Project in Term 1.

Light bulb Moment! You need to change a light bulb.   But how do you know which new light bulb to use?  They all seem quite different but what’s the difference between them? What’s wattage? What are the different kinds of connections at the base of the bulb? What do you notice about the types of light we use for different spaces in our homes? Why do you think we often use different light for lamps in our bedroom and our kitchen lights? Why are there different light options on phones for day and night?  Research and find out! Tell us all about the types of light bulbs and what they are used for. While researching, focus on the skills you have been practicing in Inquiry this year such as key word searches and skinny notes.

Task 4: Thinking ‘Outside The Box’.  Thinking ‘Outside the Box’ is a really fun way to challenge your mind and help you to build on your growth mindset.  There are LOTS of ways to see and describe the world and below is a question that asks you to push your mind and challenge yourself to answer with reflection and detail.  Rather than answering a question with closed one word answers, try to answer a question ‘outside the box’. Provide detail and think deeply about your answer. That might mean thinking about colours, shapes and emotions – which aren’t always easy to describe – to help you answer the question. You can record your answer as a story, a comment, a poem or… another way that best expresses your answer.  It’s up to you to think ‘Outside The Box’.

*Explain a flower to someone who has never heard of one or seen one before.  What are all the parts? How do they make you feel and why? What do we use them for and why? 

Task 5: Make up a dance routine to your favourite song.  You can choose to use dance moves you already know and find other ways to dance that you haven’t tried before. Try and incorporate lots of different types of dance styles into your routine.  Go online and research different styles of dance. You may need to spend some time practicing some of the more challenging dance styles to make sure you get them just right!