Activity Introduction

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Quick summary: Students will analyse maps and create an infographic to communicate their understanding of the climate of a state or region in Australia and a natural hazard that typically occurs in the state or region.

Subjects: Geography.

Year Level: 7 & 8.

Topics: Climate change and Sustainability.

Teaching Time: 85 minutes.

21st-century skills: 

CommunicatingCritical ThinkingCultural UnderstandingProblem SolvingTeam Work  

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 7 Geography:

  • Causes, impacts and responses to an atmospheric or hydrological hazard (ACHGK042)
  • Represent spatial distribution of different types of geographical phenomena by constructing appropriate maps at different scales that conform to cartographic conventions, using spatial technologies as appropriate (ACHGS050).

Year 8 Geography:

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

Syllabus outcomes: GE4-2.

General capabilities: Literacy.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

Relevant parts of Year 7 & 8 Geography achievement standards: By the end of year 8, students will have developed geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provided through the inclusion of inquiry questions and specific inquiry skills, including the use and interpretation of maps, and photographs and other representations of geographical data.

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

Resources required:

  • A device and access to an infographic program (e.g., Canva, Piktochart) OR poster paper
  • 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.


Teacher Worksheet

Minderoo Geography_frameTeacher 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  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 the environ

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Student Worksheet

Thought-starter: Are natural disasters a normal part of living in Australia?

1. Analyse the map of Australia and answer the following questions:

  • What type of map is this?
  • What does the map show you?
  • What are the main categories in the key?
  • Analyse all of the 7 states and explain their climate zones. Some of them may experience various climate zones, why might that be the case?

2. Natural hazards in Australia

In your expert group, choose a natural disaster from the following: earthquake, flood, cyclone, bushfire, tsunami. Using the resources provided, answer the following questions about your disaster type:

  • What is the natural hazard you are investigating?
  • Where is the natural hazard most likely to occur?
  • How many of these disasters have occurred in Australia in the last 10 - 20 years?
  • What is the climate of this region/s?
  • Why is this region more susceptible to this particular hazard?

3. Use the blank map of Australia below to help you collect data about yo

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