Exploring Western Sciences' understanding of Chemistry, including identifying synthesis, decomposition and displacement reaction patterns through investigating how Indigenous Australian cultures have observed and adapted chemical reactions for millennia.
- explore reactions utilised by Indigenous Australians in medicine and cooking and identify patterns in synthesis, decomposition and displacement reactions.
- identify types of reactions as synthesis, decomposition and displacement based on their reactants and products
- describe types of reactions employed by First Nations Australians in the baking of bread.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions - Science
Students learn to:
- identify patterns in synthesis, decomposition and displacement reactions and investigate the factors that affect reaction rates (AC9S10U07)
Syllabus outcomes: SC5-17CW
Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.
Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards:
Students can explain patterns and trends in the periodic table and predict the products of reactions and the effect of changing reactants and reaction conditions.
- Slide deck showing images from the lesson
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- critical thinking
- intercultural understanding
Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that these lessons may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - facilitation of class discussion; review of pre-existing knowledge.
This is an original Cool+ lesson.