Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students connect with the natural vegetation of their local environment and consider its importance to animals and people. They sketch and research a particular piece of flora, and report on its value and how to care for it. 

Subjects: Geography. 

Year Level: 4.

Teaching Time: 60 minutes.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Resilient Australia: Building Resilience To Natural Disasters – Primary.

Related Professional Development: We encourage you to undertake the free PD Course How to teach a unit on fire and flood resilience for tips on how to best deliver this lesson.

If you’re concerned about the challenging nature of these topics, consider the free PD Course How to approach trauma in the classroom for information on how best to support your students.

21st-century skills: 

Community EngagementCreative Thinking

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 4 Geography:

  • The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people (ACHASSK088)

Relevant parts of Year 4 Geography achievement standards: 

Syllabus outcomes: GE2-1, GE2-2, GE2-3

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – support students through thinking and the creation of independent artworks.

Resources required:

  • Charcoal for drawing
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Individual devices capable of accessing the internet
  • Sketch books – one per student.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will ...

  • … consider a piece of natural vegetation’s importance to animals and people.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … identify the flora of their local landscape, and their features.
  • … explain ways the natural vegetation positively impacts the local environment, including animals and people.
  • … explain how bushfires impact this natural vegetation and the local environment, including animals and people.
  • … report on how to care for natural vegetation.

Teacher content information:

Handling Sensitive Topics:

While presenting the lesson, you may notice that students could develop heightened emotions as you uncover the physical and psychological effects of hazards and disasters. Resilience, rebuilding and hope are essential learnings from the lessons. Therefore, it is vital to create a psychologically safe place for students to discuss and debrief, should they need to. The tasks can be activating for some students a

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