Activity Introduction

AFI_2021_PHOTOFRAME_Photo2Quick summary: In this geography lesson students consider both the impacts of bushfires and strategies for responding to them. Students use clips from ‘A Fire Inside’ to deepen their understanding of the ways bushfires affect communities and the environment. Through the case study of the RFS, students consider existing strategies of prevention, mitigation and preparedness. They then work together to consider other approaches to bushfire response.

Learning intentions:

  • Students can identify multiple impacts of bushfires
  • Students can predict the follow on consequences beyond the immediate impacts of bushfires
  • Students can analyse an existing response to bushfires
  • Students can suggest their own responses to bushfires.

21st-century skills: 

CommunicatingCommunity EngagementCultural UnderstandingCritical ThinkingEmpathyGlobal CitizenshipTeam Work Problem Solving Problem Finding     

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Years 7 Geography:

  • 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).

Years 8 Geography:

  • Causes, impacts and responses to a geomorphological hazard (ACHGK053)
  • 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).

Year 9 Geography:

  • Reflect on and evaluate findings of an inquiry to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic, political and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of their proposal (ACHGS071).

Year 10 Geography:

  • Human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)
  • Reflect on and evaluate findings of an inquiry to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic, political and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of their proposal (ACHGS080).

Syllabus outcomes: GE4-2,GE4-3,GE4-8

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, Literacy, Personal and Social Capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 7 & 8  achievement standards: By the end of Year 8, students can explain interconnections within environments and between people and places and explain how they change places and environments. They compare alternative strategies to a geographical challenge, taking into account environmental, economic and social factors.

Relevant parts of Year 9 & 10 achievement standards: They present findings, arguments and explanations using relevant geographical terminology and digital representations in a range of appropriate communication forms. Students propose action in response to a geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social factors, and predict the outcomes and consequences of their proposal.

Topic: Impacts of bushfires

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work A Fire Inside: Feature Documentary Years 7 to 10.

Time required: 110 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding:  Medium – facilitate class discussion

Resources required:

  • A device capable of presenting a video to the class.
  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student.

Keywords: Bushfires, land management, geography, firefighters, Rural Fire Service (New South Wales, Australia), documentary, film, sustainability, pollution, health, biodiversity. 

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

AFI_2021_PHOTOFRAME_Photo2Teacher Preparation

Before teaching the lessons, ensure you have watched the feature documentary “A Fire Inside” rated M15+ and have gained approval from parents and guardians before viewing the documentary or specific clips produced for Cool. Consider completing the first lesson: Viewing The Film to ensure students have a clear understanding of the feature documentary and how to apply their knowledge and critical thinking skills.

To view the film via 9NOW for free, click here and if you would like to buy a copy of the DVD it will be available from the 15th of December 2021 from various retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Amazon and Sanity.

Students may develop heightened emotions and discomfort during the film. It is recommended that you direct students to a school counsellor if they require additional support and read through the Handling Sensitive Topics and Issues Template document.

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... identify multiple impacts of bushfires
  • ...predict the
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Student Worksheet

Student Worksheet

1. Impacts of the Bushfires

Free-write for 5 minutes in response to the question: What do you already know about the impact of bushfires?

2. Pick two to three of the impacts mentioned and brainstorm what follow-on consequences it may have.

Impact  Potential Consequences
Extensive smoke affects air quality
Ecological and biodiversity impacts

3. Brainstorm what you know about Fire Emergency Management: Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Prevention Preparedness Response Recovery

4. Responding to A Fire Inside RFS clip

What did you learn about the RFS from this clip?
What is the RFS’ role?
What questions do you still have about the RFS?


5. Research and report (in pairs) on one of the following questions:

  1. How does the RFS help with fire prevention?
  2. How does the RFS help with fire mitigation?
  3. How does the RFS help with fire preparedness?

The question I chose:

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