Activity Introduction

windQuick summary: This activity provides an opportunity for students to explore their current knowledge, attitudes and values. It is designed to engage students in thinking about the topic of cool burning. Students build their comprehension of the topic and practise analytical skills by preparing questions for a class quiz show. The quiz is based on the big question: ‘What is cool burning?’. 

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Learning goals: 

  • Students explore the concept of cool burning.
  • Students describe the interconnections between people, places and environments and identify the effects of these on the characteristics of places and environments.
  • Students build their thinking and questioning skills.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

This lesson can be used across all the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. 

Topic: Cool burning

Time needed: 15 minutes

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently.

Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, Student Worksheet, blank index cards.

Digital technology opportunity: Add your favourite quiz questions to the website, Wonderopolis.

Key words: savanna, tropical, climate, weather, distribution, monsoon, adaptation, vegetation, fire, mean, conservation, species

 

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.

Made possible by:

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

fireTeacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: Students explore the question 'What is cool burning?'. They watch a series of videos then play the game 'Who wants to make a questionnaire?'

Teacher content information: In Australia, many kinship groups exist among Indigenous people. Within each group, people are united by family ties, connections to Country and language. Each of these kinship groups represent a distinctive nation, and each nation has their own unique cultural identity. Collectively, these first nations to arise on this continent are called 'Indigenous Australians'. Most of the groups from Australia's mainland also identify themselves as 'Aboriginal Australians' or 'Aborigines'. A separate group of Indigenous Australians, with a unique heritage that has its origins in Melanesian culture, are the people of the Torres Strait Islands. Torres Strait Islanders, like mainland indigenous people, are not all of one nation. They do not view themselves as a single cultural group

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: isn't all fire hot?

As a class watch the video 'Historical burning'. Write down three big ideas you pick up in the video.

1. Historical burning - http://vimeo.com/79466988

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Step 2: 'Who wants to make a questionnaire?' the cool burning special edition.

Imagine that you have the job of creating the questions for the game show 'Who wants to make a questionnaire?'. Create three questions, each with four choices as answers. Remember the game requires three wrong answers for every correct answer. You may want to watch the video again to refresh your memory of cool burning.

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Question 2

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Step 3: Playing the game

Collect a blank index card and copy down your best question. Your teacher will colle

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