Activity Introduction

burning heroQuick summary: Students explore the many benefits of cool burning. They watch a series of videos and complete thinking tools that help to foster evidence-based reasoning. Students then categorise the benefits of cool burning into cultural, environmental and economic perspectives. They write a story about one benefit and build on their oral communication skills through pair-sharing. 

Learning goals:

  • Students explore the cultural, environmental and economic benefits of cool burning.
  • Students collect evidence and extrapolate it into story-based communication.
  • Students reflect on their newly acquired knowledge.  

General capabilities: Literacy, intercultural understanding

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 5 Geography: 

  • The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (ACHASSK112)
  • The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them (ACHASSK113)
  • The impact of bushfires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond (ACHASSK114)
  • Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources (ACHASSI095)
  • Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions (ACHASSI105)

Year 5 Science:

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

Year 6 English:

  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes, making appropriate choices for modality and emphasis (ACELY1710)

Year 6 Geography:

  • Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources (ACHASSI123)
  • Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions (ACHASSI133)

 Year 6 Science:

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE100)

Syllabus OutcomesGE3-2, GE3-3, GE3-4ST3-7PW, ST3-10LW, ST3-11LW, EN3-1A.

Topic: Cool burning

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – use this lesson for formative assessment.

Assessment: The rubric attached is a method for monitoring students’ learning based on chosen criteria and guidelines.

Rubric Yrs 5&6 – How does cool burning benefit Indigenous Australians?

Time needed: 80 – 110 min

Resources needed: Make sure your school network allows students to access videos. If not, consider using alternative technology for students to view them (e.g. via a Smart Board, the Internet or a digital projector).

Digital technology opportunity: Students use computers and appropriate applications to develop their communication product.  

Extension opportunities: Students design a storyboard about the ways in which elders teach their children about traditional management of Country.

Key words: Indigenous, Aboriginal, tradition, culture, land management, career, employment, social benefits

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum. There is great diversity in histories and cultures among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia. This resource includes investigations into and information about some of them. It has an emphasis, but not an exclusive one, on the histories and cultural practices of the Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory. It is underpinned by consultation with Aboriginal communities in various parts of Australia. 

Special thanks to:

Fish River Station, John Daly, Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith, Peter Jacklyn, Peter McConchie, Dr Tommy George, David Claudie, Dale Musgrave, Carolyn George and Victor Steffensen.

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Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

burning heroTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students explore the many benefits of cool burning. They watch a series of videos and work through a thinking tool that helps to foster evidence-based reasoning. Students categorise the benefits of cool burning into cultural, environmental and economic benefits. They write a story about one benefit and build on their oral communication skills through pair-sharing.

Teacher content information: Cool burning has a wide range of cultural, environmental and economic benefits. Projects that earn carbon credits have many levels of economic benefits for Indigenous people across northern Australia. Some benefits flowing from the revival of cool burning and other traditional land management practices appears below. They include benefits in all three areas.

  • many Indigenous Australian people no longer live on their traditional land. Cool burning projects are enabling some Aborigines to start regularly revisiting their lands. In some cases they ar
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Student Worksheet

Thought starters: what does 'connection to Country' mean?

Part 1: What makes you say that?

Watch the videos below, then complete the thinking routine tables.
VIDEO 1: Why I care for Country - http://vimeo.com/79474017

VIDEO 2: Caring for Country - http://vimeo.com/79463043

VIDEO 3: Benefits for community - http://vimeo.com/79463044

Thinking table: In the table below, write down what you think is going on in the videos. Then justify your response by recording an answer in the space titled 'What makes you say that?'.

What is going on?

What makes you say that?

 

 

Part 2: So many benefits of cool burning

One way to categorise the benefits of cool burning is to sort them into cultural, environmental and economic outcomes. Use an online dictionary to find the definitions of these words:

Cultural

Environmental

Economic

Next, look at the list of benefits below. Based on your definitions, sort each b

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