Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students explore how humans’ management of spaces can negatively affect the environment and potentially contribute to disasters. They create a communication piece arguing for more environmentally conscious management of these practices.

Subjects: HASS Geography. 

Year Level: 5. 

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: 

CommunicatingCommunity EngagementCreative ThinkingCritical Thinking

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 5 HASS Geography:

  • The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them (ACHASSK113)

Relevant parts of Year 5 HASS Geography achievement standards: Students identify and describe the interconnections between people and the human and environmental characteristics of places, and between components of environments.

Syllabus outcomes: GE3-2, GE3-3.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability. 

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Facilitate class discussion and explicit learning, support students in independent tasks.

Resources required:

  • Art supplies – coloured pencils or texta
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Individual devices capable of accessing the internet – one per student
  • White paper – A3 in size.

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 …

  • … explore the negative impact human actions can have on the environment.

Success criteria: Students can …

  • … explain how floodplain harvesting reduces the availability of natural water resources for farmers and the environment
  • … make connections between the human management of spaces and the negative consequences for the environment, including resulting natural disasters such as bushfires, floods, and droughts
  • … create a communication piece that promotes awareness of the issue and advocates for more environmentally conscious management practices of natural spaces.

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 psychologica

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