the sun shines through from behind a burned out tree to illuminate the new growth of a plantEducation resources investigating Australian wildlife’s recovery after the bushfires of 2019/20

The Beyond the Bushfires education series brings the words of scientists who are actively involved in research and science communication into schools and classrooms all over Australia. Students will explore evidence-based research embedded in the context of real-world practice in lessons spanning English, Science, Design and Technology and Visual Arts.

These lessons draw on the Flora, Fauna, Fire interactive produced by The Conversation detailing conservation efforts in the aftermath of bushfires, and The 119, the priority list of species the Bushfire Recovery Expert Panel recommended were in need of immediate intervention.


These lessons have been developed in partnership with The Conversation. The Conversation’s mission is to be known as a prominent and trusted publisher of new thinking and evidence-based research, editorially independent and free of commercial or political bias. The Conversation hopes teachers will use their content as a source of truthful information, and that teachers can show their students the importance of trusted, evidence-based information in understanding the world around them and making informed decisions about their actions. Please follow the republishing guidelines when using The Conversation’s articles.

Additional thanks to the Ian Potter Foundation, John T Reid Charitable Trusts, The Danks Trust and The Myer Foundation, for generously supporting the development of these lessons. 

Beyond the Bushfires: Primary Science, English, Visual Arts and Design & Technology

[email protected] – How Do Plants Live With Bushfires?

Science, Visual Arts

Students explore how desert species flourish in the advantageous conditions present after a rainfall, and, conversely, how they have adapted to survive long periods of dry weather.

[email protected] – How Do Animals Live With Bushfires?

Science, Visual Arts

Bushfires have long been a part of the Australian landscape. Our plants and animals have had to find ways to live with bushfires. Our animals have developed both structural and behavioural adaptations to help them survive bushfire events.

Mystery Spiders
Year 4

Science, English

A creative writing exercise, using descriptive language to describe the spider’s in its natural habitat and its harrowing encounter with the bushfires, in order to encourage people to empathise and care for this crucial little critter

Desert Rain
Year 4

Science, Visual Arts

Students explore how desert species flourish in the advantageous conditions present after a rainfall, and, conversely, how they have adapted to survive long periods of dry weather.

Designed Adaptations
Year 5

Design & Technology

Students will be challenged to build upon natural fire-resistant adaptations to develop solutions that help plants and animals survive and thrive in difficult conditions.

Survival Habitats
Year 6

Science

Students will study the impact of bushfires on the habitats and way of life of species that call them home. They will then apply this understanding in the creation of a temporary habitat.

 

Horse Hooves
Years 6

Science

Challenge students to take real social action, researching and critically evaluating both sides of the argument and the persuasive efforts of passionate writers, before putting their own thoughts and convincing strategies to work in a written piece designed to inform and sway readers towards making change.

back to top

Beyond the Bushfires: Secondary English and Science

Tuning In
Years 7 & 9

Science

Students are introduced to the topic of bushfires and the Flora, Fauna, Fire resource from The Conversation. Students begin by thinking about the term ‘bushfire’ and completing a CSI activity to tune them into the topic.

Being A Fire Scientist
Years 7 & 9

Science

Students will look at how they understand science and the work of scientists before using the Flora, Fauna, Fire resource to explore the ways that different scientists work to explore the impacts of bushfires on flora and fauna.

Bushfires And Food Webs
Years 7 & 9

Science

Students model the impacts of bushfires on flora and fauna through the use of food webs. They begin by refreshing their understanding of food webs before looking at how the loss of a flora species might affect their food web. 

Preventing Destructive Bushfires
Years 7 & 9

Science

Students explore the role of traditional fire management practices in preventing destructive bushfires. 

.
back to top

 

 

Cool Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to land, water and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past and present. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.