Resilient Australia - Understanding Australia's hazardous climate

Resilient Australia - Understanding Australia's hazardous climate

Lesson 4 of 18 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 3
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
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Lesson summary

Students will learn about the variations in our country’s climate and how this can cause natural hazards. Students will compare Australia’s climates as well as track climates on a map.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • learn about the features of Australia’s diverse climates
  • learn about the effects of climate change on Australia’s landscape
  • learn about the natural hazards caused by Australian conditions.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • describe Australian climates and the consequential natural hazards they create
  • apply their understanding of climates to a map of their local area.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 3 HASS Geography:

  • The main climate types of the world and the similarities and differences between the climates of different places (ACHASSK068)

Relevant parts of Year 3 HASS Geography achievement standards: Students compare the climates, settlement patterns and population characteristics of places, and how these affect communities, past and present. Students examine how individuals and groups celebrate and contribute to communities in the past and present, through establishing and following rules, decision-making, participation and commemoration.

Syllabus outcomes: GE2-1

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural Understanding.

Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures (only for the extension of learning), Sustainability

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion, support students in independent work

Resources required

  • Art Supplies – colured pencils and textas
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Individual devices with access to the internet (optional)
  • Maps – PowerPoint
  • White paper

Skills

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

  • Community engagement
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Cultural understanding
  • Empathy
  • Flexibility
  • Global citizenship
  • Collaboration

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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