Resilient Australia - How do fires behave?

Resilient Australia - How do fires behave?

Lesson 6 of 18 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
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Lesson summary

Students use the fire triangles to understand the elements that influence how fires burn and behave. They conduct a risk assessment of their local area based on these elements, predicting where they might be most vulnerable to a bushfire event.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the elements that influence how fires burn and behave.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain the three elements of a fire and the three things in the environment that impact how it behaves
  • conduct a risk assessment of their local area to predict where might be most vulnerable to a bushfire event.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 5 Geography:

  • The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them (ACHASSK113).

Relevant parts of Year 5 Geography achievement standards: Students identify and describe the interconnections between people and the human and environmental characteristics of places, and between components of environments.

Syllabus outcomes: GE3-2, GE3-3.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate student discussion and support with independent investigations.

Resources required

  • Art supplies – coloured pencils and textas (optional)
  • Device capable of presenting a Powerpoint to the class
  • Individual devices capable of accessing the internet
  • Lined paper or workbook
  • Powerpoint
  • White paper (optional)

Skills

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

  • Community engagement
  • 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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