Resilient Australia - How can we better predict fires?

Resilient Australia - How can we better predict fires?

Lesson 13 of 18 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 6
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Sustainability
  • Economic
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Lesson summary

Students explore what elements need to be present in the environment in order for a fire to start and keep burning: oxygen, fuel, and heat. They use these elements in combination with maps of Australia as a way of predicting where bushfires are likely to occur. They think creatively to design ways to predict and detect bushfires. 

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand ways of predicting where and when a fire is about to start in the bush.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • describe the three key ‘ingredients’ of a fire
  • use these elements in combination with maps of Australia as a way of predicting where bushfires are likely to occur
  • design ways we can use technology to predict and detect these fires in the bush.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 6 HASS Geography:

  • Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth’s surface (ACSSU096).

Relevant parts of Year 6 HASS Geography achievement standards: Students propose action in response to a geographical challenge and describe the probable effects of their proposal.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability. 

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Facilitate class discussion and explicit learning, support students in independent tasks.

Resources required

  • Blank maps of Australia – one per student
  • Coloured pencils or textas
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Individual devices capable of accessing the internet – one per student
  • Maps – PowerPoint
  • White paper – A4 in size – one per student.

Skills

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

  • Creativity
  • 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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