Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students analyse a personal account of a bush fire by Jerry Grayson, the director of The Earth Wins. They then work in groups to create a bush fire preparedness plan for a range of different people and groups of people. They are asked to present their plans to the class for discussion.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise the different ways that humans are affected by natural disasters.
  • Students understand that different groups of people respond to natural disasters (and specifically bush fires) in different ways.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 7 Geography

  • The causes, impacts and responses to an atmospheric or hydrological hazard (ACHGK042)
  • Present findings, arguments and ideas in a range of communication forms selected to suit a particular audience and purpose; using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS053)
  • Reflect on their learning to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations, and predict the expected outcomes of their proposal (ACHGS054)

Year 8 Geography

  • The causes, impacts and responses to a geomorphological hazard (ACHGK053)
  • Present findings, arguments and ideas in a range of communication forms selected to suit a particular audience and purpose, using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS061)
  • Reflect on their learning to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations, and predict the expected outcomes of their proposal (ACHGS062)

Syllabus outcomesGE4-2, GE4-3, GE4-4, GE4-5, GE4-8.

Topic: The Earth Wins

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and facilitate discussion.

Resources required: Student worksheet, internet access.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for homework or extension.

Keywords: Natural disaster, bush fire, plan, people, response.

 

This lesson was created in collaboration with Helifilms to support learning from the film.

Would you like to bring your class to see The Earth Wins? It’s now available ‘on-demand’ to teachers across Australia. To register your interest, simply email [email protected], mention how many students you’re likely to bring and your ideal date/time for a screening. We’ll look into bringing THE EARTH WINS to a cinema close to you… wherever you may be in Australia.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: In this activity students analyse a personal account of a bush fire by Jerry Grayson, the director of The Earth Wins. They then work in groups to create a bush fire preparedness plan for a range of different people and groups of people. They are asked to present their plans to the class for discussion.

Teaching tips: It is important to be mindful of students if they have experienced natural disasters as it may bring up feelings of anxiety or grief.

Teacher content information: This activity draws on concepts and footage from the film; The Earth Wins.

Click here to visit The Earth Wins website.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Ask students to read the personal account of a bushfire by Jerry Grayson, director of The Earth Wins. Click here to download (also available on the student worksheet). Once complete, ask students to answer the related questions on the student worksheet and hold a class discussion around student respo

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Student Worksheet

Click here to download the personal account of a bush fire by Jerry Grayson, the director of The Earth Wins. Once you have read this, answer the following questions:

 

What are the strengths of this text?

 

What are the weaknesses?

 

What do you think are the main messages of this text?

 

What questions did this account raise for you? What more would you like to know about Jerry's experience?

 

How might other groups of people prepare for a natural disaster like a bush fire?

Your task is to imagine how the group you are representing might prepare for a bush fire and to prepare a plan describing how you would prepare. You should consider:

  • What you need to do to enact your plan;
  • What help you might need to enact your plan;
  • What other resources you might need;
  • How your plan might help others;
  • Who is responsible for carrying out the actions in your plan;
  • What are the risks of your plan and how these might be mitigated; and
  • Any contingencies that might need to be
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