Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students learn how individuals with diverse personal traits can be resilient, and how they contribute to a more resilient community. They will identify character strengths in themselves and others, and describe how these individuals can work together and support one another in the face of a natural disaster.

Subjects: HPE.

Year Level: 5 & 6.

Topics: Resilience, Climate Change.

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: 


Content descriptions: 

Year 5 & 6 HPE:

  • Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community (ACPPS060)

Syllabus outcomes: IRS3.11

General capabilities: Personal and Social Capability.

Relevant parts of Year 5 and 6 Health and Physical Education achievement standards: Students examine how physical activity, celebrating diversity and connecting to the environment support community wellbeing and cultural understanding.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and prompt students to reflect on their own characteristics.

Resources required:

  • Lined paper or student workbooks
  • Student Worksheet – 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

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • … understand the relationship between character strengths and resilience in individuals
  • … understand the relationship between personal resilience and community resilience.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … identify their own character strengths
  • … identify how these character strengths contribute to resilience 
  • … identify how individuals can work with others to contribute to a resilient community.

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 and could trigger old memories that some student

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: What qualities do I have that make me resilient?

1. Using a highlighter or texta, fill each bar with colour. The further you fill the bar towards the right, the stronger you think that trait is within yourself. Think of this bar as a value out of 100.

Some bars might be empty, and that’s fine!

Appreciation of Beauty
















Sense of Humour





















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