Quick summary: Students investigate the biophysical changes that have caused the land degradation of the tropical savanna of Australia. They work independently to explore topics relating to cool burning in Australia’s tropical savanna. They then undertake the research necessary to explore the causes and measurement of land degradation due to changes in burning regimes. Students will produce a report to communicate their findings.
- Students understand the features of the savanna region of northern Australia
- Students recognise the social and environmental impacts of cool burning.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 10 Geography
- The human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)
- The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ approaches to custodial responsibility and environmental management in different regions of Australia (ACHGK072)
- The application of geographical concepts and methods to the management of the environmental change being investigated (ACHGK074)
- Develop geographically significant questions and plan an inquiry that identifies and applies appropriate geographical methodologies and concepts (ACHGS072)
- Collect, select, record and organise relevant data and geographical information, using ethical protocols, from a range of appropriate primary and secondary sources (ACHGS073)
- Evaluate multi-variable data and other geographical information using qualitative and quantitative methods and digital and spatial technologies as appropriate to make generalisations and inferences, propose explanations for patterns, trends, relationships and anomalies, and predict outcomes (ACHGS076)
- Apply geographical concepts to synthesise information from various sources and draw conclusions based on the analysis of data and information, taking into account alternative points of view (ACHGS077)
- Identify how geographical information systems (GIS) might be used to analyse geographical data and make predictions (ACHGS078)
- Present findings, arguments and explanations in a range of appropriate communication forms selected for their effectiveness and to suit audience and purpose, using relevant geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS079)
Syllabus outcomes: GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-4, GE5-5, GE5-7, GE5-8.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, intercultural understanding.
Relevant parts of Year 10 Geography achievement standards: Students identify, analyse and explain significant interconnections between people, places and environments and explain changes that result from these interconnections and their consequences. They critically evaluate a range of primary and secondary sources to select and collect relevant, reliable and unbiased geographical information and data. They analyse and synthesise data and other information to draw reasoned conclusions, taking into account alternative perspectives. Students present findings, arguments and explanations using relevant geographical terminology and graphic representations and digital technologies in a range of selected and appropriate communication forms.
Topic: Cool Burning, Indigenous Education.
Unit of work: Cool Burning – Secondary.
Time required: 180+ mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – support students through independent tasks.
- Each student requires a device with internet access
- Report Assessment Rubric
- Student Worksheet – one copy per student.
Related professional development:
Keywords: Savanna, tropical, Australia. climate, weather, fire, 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.
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Bennelong Foundation in updating these lessons.
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.