Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students will investigate how a natural hazard impacts the land, flora and fauna and discover various organisations that protect Australian species and wildlife that were affected by the floods and fires.

Subjects: Geography.

Year Level:Years 7 & 8.

Topics: Hazards, biodiversity, Australian species.

Teaching Time: 80 minutes.

21st-century skills: 

CommunicatingCommunity EngagementCreative ThinkingCritical ThinkingCultural UnderstandingEmpathyEthical UnderstandingProblem FindingProblem SolvingTeam Work  

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 7 Geography:

  • Causes, impacts and responses to an atmospheric or hydrological hazard (ACHGK042).

Year 8 Geography:

  • Causes, impacts and responses to a geomorphological hazard (ACHGK053).

Syllabus outcomes: GE4-2.

General capabilities: Literacy, Ethical Understanding.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

Relevant parts of Year 7 Geography achievement standards: 

Students investigate how people value the environment in different ways and that the environment has its specific hazards. Water is investigated using studies drawn from Australia.
A framework for developing students’ geographical knowledge, understanding and skills is provided through the inclusion of inquiry questions and specific inquiry skills, including the use and interpretation of maps, photographs and other representations of geographical data.

Relevant parts of Year 8 Geography achievement standards: 

Students investigate how people value the environment in different ways and that the environment has its specific hazards. Water is investigated using studies drawn from Australia. A framework for developing students’ geographical knowledge, understanding and skills is provided through the inclusion of inquiry questions and specific inquiry skills, including the use and interpretation of maps, photographs and other representations of geographical data.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate small group work and class discussion.

Resources required:

  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

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, shall they need to. The tasks can be activating for some students and could trigger old memories that some students may find challenging to revisit or process. You should direct students to a school counsellor if they require additional support and read through the Handling Sensitive Topics and Issues Template for more information. 

Resilient Communities Framework:

Building resilience is equally about how we approach our work as it is what we ultimately achieve as a result of the work. The Resilient Communities Framework is comprised of two mutually-reinforcing components — the principles and t

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Student Worksheet

Thought-starter: To what degree is the environment built to withstand natural hazards?

1. Watch the video and present the effects the recent fires or floods had on Australian land and species. Beneath your table, you will discover specific links to help guide you during the investigation. 

Land Degradation  Flora Fauna

Hot tip: Information about floods can be found below:

Australian Geographic website article: What are the effects on wildlife during flooding and how can you help? (https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2022/03/what-are-the-effects-on-wildlife-during-flooding-and-how-can-you-help/)
Plant Scientist website article: The effects of flooding on plants (https://plantscientist.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/the-effects-of-flooding-on-plants/)
Chief Scientist website article: Understanding floods consequences (https://www.chiefscientist.qld.gov.au/publications/understanding-floods/flood-consequences).

Hot tip: Informa

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