Dog breeds

What is your favourite dog breed?

Research on the internet to find your favourite dog breed. Find at least 3 different sites to gather information to write the body of a report.

Take notes on the following headings:

  • physical appearance
  • habitat
  • diet
  • reproduction

Use your notes to write one or two paragraphs for each heading on your chosen dog breed. Don’t forget to include a picture of your dog breed as well.

For help on how to write a complete report go to Unit 13 Report Writing.

Red Dog: True Blue

Red Dog: True Blue is the second film made about Red Dog a popular Australian film from 2011. This new film is about the history of the people and the dog called Blue before the legend became famous.

Watch this film trailer and fill in the missing words as you listen.

_______ Australia – _______, _______, a place that _______ legends.

He _______ my life _______ – _______.

Every _______ has a _______.

‘_______! You’re _______, you’re _______! I have a good _______ about us, I _______ we’re _______ to be _______ mates.’

Outback Australia - vast, rugged, a place that creates legends. 
He saved my life once - truth. 
Every legend has a beginning. 
'Blue! You're red, you're red! I have a good feeling about us, I think we're going to be best mates.'

For more activities on the history of people go to Unit 8 Biography.

Animals of Australia

What Australian animals do you know?

Read the introduction of Australia’s Animals and find what each number refers to.

  • 3
  • 800
  • 2
  • 4000
  • 50
3 groups of mammals - monotremes, marsupials and placentals
over 800 bird species, including the emu
2 crocodile species
4000 fish species
50 marine mammals

Take notes on the different Australian animals as you continue to read.


  • dingo –
  • numbat –
  • quoll –
  • Tasmanian devil –
  • bilby –


  • kangaroo –
  • wallaby –
  • koala –
  • wombat –


  • platypus –
  • echidna –


  • honeyeater –
  • emu –
  • cassowary –
  • kookaburra –
  • penguin –
  • lyrebird –
  • parrot –


  • python –
  • tree snake –
  • crocodile –
  • turtle –
  • lizard –

Marine animals

  • whale –
  • dugong –
  • dolphin –
  • shark –
  • fur seal –

Choose one of the animals from the list and do some further research on it. Find a photo of it and take notes on the animals physical appearance, habitat, diet and reproduction.

Go to Unit 10 Researching to learn effective research skills.


My pet is a chocolate Labrador called Gus. He is two years old and loves the beach and going for walks in the bush, he especially loves to sit on a mattress and float around in the pool like in the photo!

What is your pet like?

Find a photo of your pet and talk about it. If you don’t have a pet now think about a pet you had in the past or a pet that someone you know has or used to have. Answer these questions to help you talk about the pet.

  1. What type of animal is your pet?
  2. What is your pet’s name?
  3. How old is your pet?
  4. Where did you get your pet from?
  5. What does your pet normally do?
  6. What are some special things that your pet does?
  7. What do you like most about your pet?
  8. What don’t you like about your pet?
  9. Would you like to get another pet? If so, explain what pet you would like to get. If not, explain why you don’t want another pet.

Now that you have discussed your pet, write about it in your journal and include a photo.

For more ideas go to Journal Writing.