Quick summary: Students investigate the resources used by Australia’s Indigenous peoples for tens of thousands of years. They compare their resource use with what we consume today. Students extrapolate and compare the impact on our environment.
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- Students learn how indigenous people have used their resources for tens of thousands of years.
- Students compare the impact on our environment between the past resource use by Aboriginals and our current resource use.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 History:
- The nature of the sources for ancient Australia and what they reveal about Australia’s past in the ancient period, such as the use of resources (ACDSEH031)
Cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures OI.2, OI.3.
Time needed: 60 min
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium to high – It is difficult to find relevant quality material on the internet.
Resources needed: Access to the internet.
Digital technology opportunities: Use the Aboriginal website to find seasonal information https://www.mirima.org.au/calendar/. Use Google Images to explore different kinds of Aboriginal tools.
There’s an app for that: ImageSearch Pro gives you an easy way to do search on Google Image. Just type the keywords and ImageSearch Pro can start fetching images from Google.
Key words: Aboriginal, Indigenous, tool, technology, traditional, culture, country (as applied by Aboriginals).
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.
These Planet Ark resources were developed by Cool Australia with funding from the Alcoa Foundation.