Resilient Australia - Are bushfires getting worse over time?

Resilient Australia - Are bushfires getting worse over time?

Lesson 7 of 18 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Mathematics
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  • Disaster resilience
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Lesson summary

Students will plot major bushfire events in their state over time, and assess any trends in bushfire severity and frequency over time. 

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • determine trends in bushfire events in Australia over time.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • plot major bushfire events in their state over time.
  • use data to assess any trends in bushfire severity and frequency over time.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 5 Mathematics:

  • Construct displays, including column graphs, dot plots and tables, appropriate for data type, with and without the use of digital technologies (ACMSP119).

Relevant parts of Year 5 Mathematics achievement standards: Students interpret maps, geographical data and other information to identify and describe spatial distributions, simple patterns and trends, and suggest conclusions.

Syllabus outcomes: MA3-18SP, MA3‑1WM, MA3‑3WM.

General capabilities: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – Teachers facilitate discussion and interpretation of data, and support students working independently on their graphs.

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Skills

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

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking

Additional info

We encourage you to undertake the free PD Course How to teach a unit on fire and flood resilience for tips on how to best deliver this lesson.

If you’re concerned about the challenging nature of these topics, consider the free PD Course How to approach trauma in the classroom for information on how best to support your students.

This lesson was made in partnership with
Minderoo Foundation (www.minderoo.org).

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