How to study in the Online Classroom

Virtual Class with Maggi Carstairs is starting again on

The World is My School

What is a Virtual Classroom and School?
Its a class and School that you go to on your computer.

How is it different from a normal classroom?
The only difference is that you access it online.
You still register for the courses and lessons you wish to take, and go there at the set time.
A teacher uses a webcam and you can also use a web cam to talk to her and classmates.
There is a whiteboard where you can write your answers, and you can ask questions and chat on a chatline.

Is there a cost?
It will cost about $2 lesson even less if you join for a Semester or
Year. the cost there is $99..and you can access all the available
lessons at your leisure.
You can use the free lessons which are available to enjoy and also to see if you like this method…

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Insects and Flight…How a Bumble bee flies

Bumble bee and poppy

This problem of how insects fly was so hard to solve, that the mystery was solved only in the last 20 years.

As insects flap and rotate their wings, vortices (or spirals) are created on the leading edge of their wings. These vortices stay ‘stuck’ to the insect wing (unlike the vortices created by aeroplane wings, which slide off). These vortices then produce lift which keeps the insect airborne.

To keep themselves aloft, fruit flies sweep their wings through a very large angle (145 to 165 degrees).

But getting back to bees, some species of bees have rather shallow strokes (less than 130 degrees). But to compensate, the bees have a very high beat frequency (230 per second).

Bees have a special trick to increase their power output enormously. They greatly increase their stroke amplitude to 190 degrees, but increase their beat frequency only slightly to 235 per second

How High can Insects Fly?

….how high can insects fly?

Butterflies can flap joyfully at one kilometre above the ground, while flies can reach 1.5 kilometres. Midges, aphids and wasps can go a little higher, while ladybug beetles can reach 1.8 kilometres. Gypsy moths (mostly males looking for female partners) have been found three kilometres above the ground. Spiders drift up to 4.2 kilometres above the ground, not using any power at all. They simply float on long thin silk strands carried by the wind. Termites (yep, the guys that eat the wood in your walls) have reached six kilometres above the ground. And bees can do nine kilometres.

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Kookaburra Song Video by Mary Davies

Kookaburra Song Video by Mary Davies.

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Three Thousand Kms Through the Outback..Broome to Perth West Australia

Three Thousand Kms Through the Outback..Broome to Perth West Australia.

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Field of Dreams…recreation areas for sport


Welcome to the outer suburbs of Perth, where blocks are abundant but sports fields are in short supply. Australians love their sport and like to be active but what happens if you live in a place with few places to play? You’d be competing for space with every other sports lover in your neighborhood

Think about your local area. Does it have open spaces, sports fields and courts to play team sports? What about places to swim? How important are these places to you?

If you were to rate the area where you live, what would you give it out of five stars? Why? Does having access to recreational spaces figure in your rating?


Look for the types of recreational activities shown in this clip. What evidence supports the reporter’s claim that ‘Perth is a city made for sport‘?

Note some differences between the amount of recreational spaces in inner, middle and outer suburbs?

What impact is a lack of space having on clubs, parents and players in places like Yanchep?


Do you think town planners should include open public spaces in the design of new suburbs? What arguments are there for having large open spaces rather than more small parks?

How might a lack of recreational spaces create other issues within a community?

Has your town or suburb been planned well? What makes its a good place to live? Are there public open spaces that give opportunities for people to be active? Make a list of the options you have to be active, given the ‘spaces’ within your local area.

sport3  soccer

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Feathers…Wings that don’t fly

What do you know about an emu?


All birds have wings and feathers but not all birds can fly.

The emu is the second-largest bird in the world. It has a large, heavy body and tiny wings, so it does not fly.

But emus have long, strong legs. They can run very fast to get away from other animals that want to eat them (predators).

Their wings help them balance when they run. Emus can also fight with their powerful legs and sharp claws.

Emus eat insects, seeds, grass and leaves.



Bibliographic details for ‘A song about emus’:

ABC Feathers, Fur and Fins, ‘ A song about emus’, ABC Splash

12 July 2014

As you listen to the song, think about what the emu looks like and how it moves around. What words are used to describe its feathers and the way it moves? In the song, what does the emu think about not being able to fly? Does the emu make any noise?

What did you learn about emus? How did the phrases: ‘really down to earth’, ‘two feet firmly on the ground’, and ‘long legs pumping,’ help you understand the emu? Why do you think that the songwriter chose these descriptive phrases?

There are lots of interesting words and phrases used to describe emus in this song. The speed and rhythm of the lyrics (words) reflect the way the emu moves

Watch how their long necks and soft bills help them gather food as they walk along.



How to enter

Do you love drawing and painting? Do you have amazing ideas for a weird creature or a magical monster? We want to see your pictures!

We want to see your awesome artworks. You can draw with pencil, textas, crayon, oil pastels, chalk or charcoal, use torn paper, cardboard, soft modeling clay – whatever you like!

Take a photo of your monster picture, click on ‘Enter now!’, fill in the entry form and upload your photo. We’ll look at every photo you send and, once we’ve checked it out to make sure it follows the rules, put it up in our gallery!

Entries open: 12 June

Entries close: 29 July

Good luck!

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English Test 1….Baseball Unit 1

Test English Class
Read the story and answer the Questions (6 marks)
Baseball Queensland is the governing body of baseball within Queensland. Baseball Queensland is governed by the Australian Baseball Federation. It is located in Milton, Queensland and run by chief executive officer Col Dick.
It is also the governing bodies that pick the Queensland Rams team that competes in the Claxton Shield. It also picks U14, U16 and U18 state teams and Greater Brisbane League All-Star teams, the largest competition in Queensland. It runs all regional bodies in Queensland and the far north coast of New South Wales and also controls the Queensland Umpires, Scorers and Coaches associations.
1. What is the name of the Baseball Governing body in Queensland?

2. Where is it located?
3. What is the governing body called?

4. Who selects the U14, U16 and U18 State teams?

5. What locations are covered?


Vocabulary… (5 Marks)
From the reading above find the word that means the same as the following
1. In, inside, inner part, included in ——

2. To find, identify ——
3. To strive, outdo, contest, doing one’s best, to try to win ——-

4. Area, district, part of a country ——
5. Person selected to rule on plays in a game ——


Fill the Gaps..Cloze…..(10 Marks)
Baseball is a sport played by ———— teams. Each team has ———— players. In baseball, one team ————— a small round ball called a baseball and the other team tries to ———— it with a club called a bat.
Teams score points by running and touching markers on the ground called —————- until they reach the last one, called —————- —————-. Baseball started in the ———————— —————– in the 1700s and —————, but historians are not sure who invented it.
Many people in North America, South America, and East Asia play baseball. In the United States, baseball is called the national pastime, because so many ————– in the United States spend a lot of time playing or watching baseball ———————.


Answer the Questions in a good sentence.
Each sentence is worth 2 marks. Do not answer in one word, write a sentence….(10 marks)
1. When did you start playing baseball?

2. What position do you play?
3. What do you like about baseball?

4. What team and region do you play for?

5. What was a highlight in your baseball game?


Write a Story about Baseball. (20 marks)
Each sentence that you write is worth 1 mark.
If you write 10 sentences you will get 10 marks….If you write 20 sentences, you will get 20 marks.
Use any of the information I have given you in class and your training, and the games you play and have yet to play….start by writing all the words you can think of about baseball. Then use the words in sentences to write the story.
You have plenty of time to think about what you are writing…so write it well

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The Soccer Samurai…Short video

An armor-clad samurai heads to Brazil to show its residents what a soccer star really looks like.

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Mind Map and Writing about Baseball

Create 2 Mind Maps about Baseball …your Team and Your Experiences.

What certificates and achievements have you or your family had in your Baseball Career?

What positions have you played? When? How long?

What records have you held for your Team?   What was your first win?   Your first catch? Your first game?   etc

If you have brought a memorabilia from your Baseball  experience, talk about what it means to you and why you have chosen to share it?

Have you started a scrapbook or collection about your games and experiences? This may be the time to start a baseball blog you can one day share with your son…








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Bicycle Safety..Rules for Bike Riders

Bicycle Safety


Top Bicycle Safety Rules
1. Always wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet to protect your head – every time you ride.
2. Use a bicycle that is the appropriate size for you, not one that is too big.
3. Before you ride make sure you don’t have any loose clothing, drawstrings, or shoelaces; they can
get caught in your chain and make you fall.
4. Have an adult check the air in your tires and that your brakes are working before you ride.
5. Wear bright clothes so others can see you at all times of the day.
6. Stay alert at all times; never listen to music when riding. Pay attention and watch for cars, people,
and other bicyclists around you.
7. Don’t bicycle at night. If you must ride, make sure your bike has reflectors and lights and wear
retro-reflective materials on your ankles, wrists, back and helmet.
8. Before you enter any street or intersection check for traffic by looking left-right-left to make
sure no cars or trucks are there.
9. Learn and follow the rules of the road.
Rules of the Road
1. When riding in the road, always ride on the right hand side (same direction as traffic).
2. Obey traffic laws, including all the traffic signs and signals.
3. Ride predictably—ride in a straight line, don’t weave in and out of traffic.
4. When riding on a sidewalk — show respect for the people walking on the sidewalk. Ring
your bell to let them know you are coming and always pass them on the left.
5. Look for debris on your route that could cause you to fall off your bicycle, like trash,
stones, toys.


  • Create a Mind Map about Safety
  • Which points are the most Important?
  • What rule do many bike riders break?
  • What rule in your opinion would be the most important?
  • Draw a scene illustrating a Safety Rule


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