What's so cool about 'cool burning'? In this learning unit, your students will investigate the way that Indigenous Australian land managers conduct controlled burns during the cool season of Australia's tropical savanna regions. These land managers are also sharing their knowledge with scientists so that everyone can care for C... Read more »

Tuning in

A tuning in activity helps students to define and focus on the issues they will be dealing with in the unit of work.

  1. Tuning in game – Who wants to make a questionnaire?
    Tuning in game – Who wants to make a questionnaire?

Finding Out

Students will need to obtain more information about the issues they are going to investigate. They can identify questions of interest and research these either in small groups or on their own. Once information is gathered, it can be shared using chosen communication methods e.g. short presentations. Students can continue finding out by completing a range of investigations, including gathering data. They use appropriate methods to present and communicate what they have found out.

  1. The Australian tropical savanna – Upper Primary
    The Australian tropical savanna – Upper Primary
  2. Using fire to manage Country – Upper Primary
    Using fire to manage Country – Upper Primary
  3. The Fire Triangle model – Upper Primary
    The Fire Triangle model – Upper Primary
  4. Cool burning benefits communities – Upper Primary
    Cool burning benefits communities – Upper Primary
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  9. Explaining climate change – Upper Primary
    Explaining climate change – Upper Primary
  10. Examining carbon trading – Upper Primary
    Examining carbon trading – Upper Primary

Assessment and Reflection

Reflection time provides students with an opportunity to value what they have learnt and the learning processes in which they have been involved. Evaluation or assessment tasks during the unit of work will need to conclude.

  1. Reflection – I used to think … but now I think …
    Reflection – I used to think … but now I think …