Year 4-6 Learning Continuity

17 June: Session 7 – Looking After Our Environment

Student Learning Continuity Program
Student Learning Continuity Program
17 June: Session 7 - Looking After Our Environment

This is the seventh session of the Student Learning Continuity Program for Years 4-6, made possible by MEHRD and SIBC.

Presenters: Mrs Christina Rore (MEHRD), Madam Lovelyn Pitawao (Year 4), Madam Beverly Hanirara (Year 5) and Madam Marilyn Tapidaka (Year 6)

Revision and Answers from Session 6:

Vocabulary from Session 6:

Words               Meaning

Forest                 a lot of trees growing together in an area

Land owner       someone who owns land, especially a large amount of land

Logging              when trees are cut down

Land                   the dry part of the earth’s surface

Boundary           a line marking the edge of a land

Company            a group of people who do things together

Destroyed           to break of spoil something so badly that it cannot be used again

Vocabulary Activity: Fill in the gaps

Now the next activity was how you can use some these vocabularies or words in the sentences taken from the story. The vocabularies were (forest, logging, land, money).

Let’s go through the answers for the activity:

  1. Old Mana took his sons to the __forest__ behind the village.
  2. He divided the __land__ between his two sons.
  3. A __logging_____ company visited the village.
  4. The company offered __money_.

N.B: In this activity you have learned how to use vocabularies or words in sentences. This is important for comprehension purposes because through words ideas are expressed (show) to pass on a message. And so in the story the message is all about looking after our environment.

But remember vocabularies are the basis for the development of all these other skills as well:

  • Writing – the vocabulary will help you to express yourself more in your writing and having a good vocabulary to draw from can help you write more effectively.
  • Speaking – it will help you to learn to use these vocabulary words when talking with others. As this will help your reading comprehension and writing skills.
  • Spelling – when you learn to use the vocabularies it will help you to actually apply the phonic skills because you will understand the relationship between the sound of spoken language and the letters and spelling that represent those sounds in written language. Even you are decoding to know how to pronounce words the way they’re arrange so you know how to say them when they are used in a sentence/sentences.
  • Pronunciation-you will then know how to pronounce the vocabularies/words the way they’re arrange so you know how to say them when they are used in a sentence/sentences.


Year 4: Now if the “Old Mana’s land” was 100m long and 50 m wide, what is the perimeter of the land?

Hint: To find the perimeter of a shape, add all the distances around it.

100m + 50m + 100m + 50m = 300m

Year 5: In “Old Mana’s Land”, Mana divided and showed the land boundary to his two sons. The east land of the boundary was given to the eldest son Garry and John was given the land west of the boundary.

If Garry’s land area is 10 metres by 16 metres and John’s land is 8 metres by 13 metres, what is the total land area for both Garry and John?

Hint: Use the formula to find area (length x width) for each one, then add them together. 

Gary’s land: 10m x 16m = 160m² (square meters)

John’s land: 8m x 13m = 104m² (square meters)

Total: 160m² + 104m² = 264m²

Year 6:  The logging company cut down all the trees on Garry’s land within six months. Garry received an amount of $140,000 for logging his land. He then shared the money equally with his wife, his three children and himself. What would be the total amount of money given to each person?

$140,000 ÷ 5 = $28,000

Each person should receive $28,000.


Year 4: The loggers have cut down all the trees and destroyed the home of some animals and plants that they depended on as food. What are three types of animals that can be found in the forest?

Some animals that could be found in the forest include owls, bats, insects, snakes, wild pigs and other animals.  

Year 5:

From the text- Old Mana’s Land, Six months later the loggers cut all the trees on Garry’s land.

Plants produce their own food, they are called producers. However, animals cannot make their own food. They need food and energy comes from plant and other animals. Animal consume their food, they are called consumers.

In year 5 you  learnt  about three consumers: Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivores

  1. Herbivores are animal which eat plants only.
  2. Carnivores are animal which eat other animals.
  3. Omnivores are animals which eat both plants and animals. 

Year 6: From the text, Old Mana told his two sons to look after the land. The land has provided their family with crops. People produce many crops for many reasons.

List the importance of producing crops. List 3 examples.

Consumption, feasting, cultural events, commercial interests. 


This week: Looking after our environment

Information Text: Negative things about using our forest resources

Sometimes, negative things happen to our forest resources when they are used poorly. Some timber resources companies do not take care of the forest when they cut logs. This lead to the destruction of the habitat, or home, of native plants and animals.

If the forest is totally cleared, the soil will wash away when it rains. Then the land cannot be used for anything. Taboo sites can also be disturbed by clearing forests.

Landowners get a lot of money when timber resource companies clear their forest, but they do not always use it wisely. When all the trees have been taken, the landowners are left with no way of making more money. They have lost their trees and taboo sites.

Their drinking and washing water becomes dirty, because of the damage done to the soil by the logging machinery, and there is no good soil for gardening.  

Literacy Activity: Nouns and Verbs

A noun is a naming word (eg. person, place or thing). A verb is an action word (doing an action). From the following list of words, identify which words are nouns and which are verbs:

Forest, resources, destruction, landowner, money, damage, gardening, logging machinery.

  1. identify which words are nouns
  2. identify which words are verbs
  3. find the meaning of each word and write a sentence with it. For example: There are lots of trees growing in the forest.

Social Studies Questions: 

Year 4:

Logging is one of many human activities that changes the natural landscape of our land. Some changes are good and some are not.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of logging? List 2 advantages and 2 disadvantages.

Year 5: 

From the informative text, landowners allowed logging companies to cut and clear their forest. Landowners get a lot of money from the resources of their forest such as trees, logs and timbers. Our Country also earns a lot of money by selling these products to other countries by exporting these resources. Our country also imports many products from other countries. It is called exporting and importing products.

List 2 examples of exports and 2 examples of imports.

Year 6:

When all trees from the forest haven been taken from the logging, the landowners are left with no way of making more money.

What other ways can they earn money to sustain their family?


Health Education Questions:

Year 4:

Logging companies damaged the forest, land and pollute the water sources. Polluted or dirty water sources are not safe for washing and drinking. It can cause health problems to people.

What are the health problems caused by drinking polluted and dirty water? Name 3 health problems.

Year 5: 

From the text, logging machinery damaged the land and soil. Therefore it pollutes our clean fresh water sources and rivers. Polluted and dirty water is not safe for drinking, washing, bathing and cooking food.

What type of disease can affect the skin when we bath with dirty or polluted water?

Year 6: 

When all trees from the forest haven been cut and taken from the logging, how does it affect our health? Give three examples.



For further information, you can contact us on: 28803/28804 and ask for either; Mr. Gideon Sukumana, Ms Janedal Baeto, Mr Wilson Aumanu, and  Mrs. Christina Rore at MEHRD, Tongs Building, and Honiara.

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