Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students will complete a Readiness Plan and Survival Kit. They will gain insight into what planning goes into keeping a home and community safe and understand that by making decisions earlier, uncertainty is one factor they will not have to experience in an emergency.

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: 

Critical ThinkingInitiativeProblem Finding  

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 5 HASS Geography:

  • The impact of bushfires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond (ACHASSK114)

Relevant parts of Year 5 HASS Geography achievement standards: Students identify and describe different possible responses to a geographical challenge.

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 – choose a plan relevant to your location, facilitate class discussion and implement differentiation.

Resources required:

  • Art supplies (optional)
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Individual student devices capable of accessing the internet
  • White paper (optional)

Keywords: Australia, climate, flood, bushfire, drought, geography, mapping, prepared, communities, climate change, climate zones, global warming.

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...

  • … learn about the causes and danger of bushfires OR floods
  • … learn about preventative planning and its importance to families and communities
  • …. understand the reasons for having a clear, written process and plan for a natural disaster.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … describe the causes and dangers of bushfires OR floods
  • … undertake preventative planning for a natural disaster.

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, shall they need to. The tasks can be activating for some students and could trigger old memories that some students may find challe

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