Activity Introduction

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Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

burning hero

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions: Student will...

  • ... understand how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples use fire to manage the savanna
  • ... recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples use their knowledge of seasons and local conditions to produce cool burns that are sensitive to local ecosystems
  • ... understand that cool burns have a lower ecological impact than the more damaging wildfires which may occur later in the season.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... work collaboratively and independently
  • ... participate in class and group discussions
  • ... conduct research online
  • ... produce a report to share with the class.

Teacher content information: In Australia, 23-25% of the land is covered in tropical savanna. Each year in the late dry season, hot fires sweep through a large proportion of this area. Hot burns result in about 25% of the landscape being burnt, which contributes between 1% and 3% of Australia’s greenhouse gas e

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: "Nearly 80 percent of Australians were affected either directly or indirectly by the 2019/2020 bushfires." (Climate Council)

Activating Prior Knowledge

Have a look at the image below and record your thoughts about this image using the questions in the table below:

 

What do you SEE?

What does it make you THINK about?

What does it make you WONDER?

Introduction To Cool Burns

Once you have watched the clips and participate in the class discussion, work independently to complete the prompts below with your responses.

I used to think...

But now I think...

Group Investigation

Your group will compile a report about how and why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples use fire to manage Country. Select one 'line of inquiry' question from the table below to guide your research. 

Criteria for your report:

  • Compile a report in one of the following formats: Word, Prezi, Vide
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