Australians know all too well the devastating effects of fire on this nation, its landscape and inhabitants. In this fascinating study, we'll investigate the ancient land management strategy of burning off dangerous fuel loads in Australia's tropical savanna regions. Through unprecedented collaboration between Indigenous Austral... 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. Burning questions about climate change
    Burning questions about climate change
  2. 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. Fire, biodiversity and the tropical savanna – Year 7 & 8
    Fire, biodiversity and the tropical savanna – Year 7 & 8
  2. Indigenous Australians and land management – Year 7
    Indigenous Australians and land management – Year 7
  3. News report on the benefits of cool burning – Year 7 & 8
    News report on the benefits of cool burning – Year 7 & 8
  4. The Fire Triangle model – Year 8
    The Fire Triangle model – Year 8
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  9. Fire mapping – Year 8
    Fire mapping – Year 8
  10. Australia’s savanna, fire and land management – Year 10
    Australia’s savanna, fire and land management – Year 10
  11. Indigenous Australians caring for Country using fire – Year 10
    Indigenous Australians caring for Country using fire – Year 10
  12. Climate change, carbon credits and fire – Year 10
    Climate change, carbon credits and fire – Year 10

Drawing Conclusions

Students are provided with activities that help them further develop their ideas and opinions. T hey describe issues from different perspectives. They identify, examine and justify different points of view.

  1. Bringing it all together: a shared future
    Bringing it all together: a shared future

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 …