Resilient Australia - What makes a good leader in a disaster?

Resilient Australia - What makes a good leader in a disaster?

Lesson 12 of 18 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Disaster resilience
  • Social
  • Leadership
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students examine what a good leader in emergencies looks like. They have the opportunity to confirm or debunk their predictions when meeting such a member of the community.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • learn which skills and traits are required of an individual in order to be a useful and resilient leader in an emergency.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • choose and justify materials and features for a design addressing the needs of an identified user
  • critically evaluate and reflect on their work
  • compile a list of traits and skills they associate with leaders
  • interview a leader.

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 6 Geography:

  • Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI122)
  • Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources (ACHASSI123)
  • The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation (ACHASSK137)

Relevant parts of Year 6 Geography achievement standards: Students explain the significance of an event/development, an individual and/or group. Students develop appropriate questions to frame an investigation. They locate and collect useful data and information from primary and secondary sources.

Syllabus outcomes: GE3-4.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and scaffold work for some students

Resources required

  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Individual writing materials


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

  • Communication
  • Community engagement
  • Leadership
  • Social skills

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 (

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