Quick summary: Students use a fire mapping website to develop an understanding about how burning and seasonal rainfall are related. They use the same web tools as land managers who use this data to assess fire risks and applying for registration for carbon credits.
- Students use graphs and data to determine trends.
- Students discover the influence humans have over landscapes.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, ethical understanding, intercultural understanding.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 8 Geography:
- The aesthetic, cultural and spiritual value of landscapes and landforms for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (ACHGK049)
- The human causes and effects of landscape degradation (ACHGK051)
- The ways of protecting significant landscapes (ACHGK052)
Syllabus Outcomes: GE4-1, GE4-4, GE4-2, GE4-3, GE4-5.
Time needed: 60 min
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – students will need to become familiar with how the website functions and the colour coding of the maps representing the months in which fires occur.
Resources needed: Internet, printer.
Digital technology opportunity: Digital mapping is updated several times a day as satellites pass over northern Australia. During the fire season they can track fires. Northern Australians are using the website www.firenorth.org.au to monitor fires and fire history to reduce destructive hot burns.
Assessment: The rubric attached is a method for monitoring students’ learning based on chosen criteria and guidelines. Rubric – Years 7&8 – Fire mapping
Extension opportunities: Use the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s website to explore more seasonal rainfalls. You can use the select using maps function to select locations. The data can be displayed as graphs.
Key words: fire scars, hotspots, charts, graphs, emissions
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.
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.