Beyond the Bushfires - Bird's Eye View of Bushfire Recovery

Beyond the Bushfires - Bird's Eye View of Bushfire Recovery

Lesson 4 of 8 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Disaster resilience
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students critically analyse image data sets to consider the changes taking place in a recovering ecosystem. Using satellite images students will record observations about changes in plant species and make predictions about changes in a range of abiotic factors. Based on the provided data students, will make a hypothesis about the recovery of populations well after a bushfire event.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • identify biotic and abiotic elements of an ecosystem and how they change due to bushfires
  • analyse data sets to determine current changes over time and predict future changes in an ecosystem recovering from bushfires
  • develop a hypothesis about future ecosystem recovery based on these data sets.
  • develop their observation and questioning skills

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • interpret and explain changes between satellite images
  • interpret data in a plot graph
  • identify and discuss changes in a variety of abiotic factors
  • create a hypothesis based on their interpretation of data
  • identify data that would help them investigate this hypothesis.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Teacher Content Info

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 9 Science:

  • Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176)
  • Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically (ACSIS164)
  • Analyse patterns and trends in data, including describing relationships between variables and identifying inconsistencies (ACSIS169)

Syllabus outcomes: SC5-14LW, SC5-4WS, SC5-7WS

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, ICT Capability

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2, OI.3

Relevant parts of Year 9 Science achievement standards: Students analyse how biological systems function and respond to external changes with reference to interdependencies, energy transfers and flows of matter. They analyse trends in data, identify relationships between variables and reveal inconsistencies in results. Students design questions that can be investigated using a range of inquiry skills. 

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Beyond the Bushfires – Secondary

Time required: 60 min

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – Supervise student completion of the activity and facilitate discussion and reflection at the end of the lesson

Resources required

  • Laptops or personal computer access
  • Projector or Smart Board
  • Printout of Student Worksheet – one copy for each student


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving

Additional info

In partnership with The Conversation, the Beyond the Bushfires series brings the words of scientists who are actively involved in research and science communication into classrooms throughout Australia. Students will explore evidence-based research embedded in the context of real-world practice.

Additional thanks to the Ian Potter Foundation, John T Reid Charitable Trusts and The Myer Foundation, for generously supporting the development of these lessons

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