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Subject:

Humanities and Social Sciences

Year level:

Level 6

Suggested timing:

One lesson, plus homework if appropriate

Activity – Managing fire with the seasons

This activity is a part of the Fire and land management: past and present resource.

Clay Stephens Assists with Australian Bushfires. Photographer: BLM Idaho. Source: Wikimedia commons. License: CC BY 2.0

Managing Fire with the Seasons, teachers can guide students in exploring Nyungar and Miriwoong seasonal calendars online to understand their significance in fire management.

Step by Step guide 

Step 1: Visit web pages on Nyungar and Miriwoong seasonal calendars 

Step 2: Explore these calendars

Identify knowledge gaps to build a fire management plan: 

  • Make a list of information that will help you understand when burning would be a good idea and when it would be dangerous. 

  • Identify the driest part of the year, and the hottest. Consider rain, temperature, plant growing seasons and resulting fuel loads. 

  • Research answers to your questions based on your local area. 

A supporting template has been provided to assist with this step.

Step 3: Discuss the following inquiry-based questions as a class

  • What effects might climate change have on fire management? E.g. What might happen if rains come late, or are heavier than usual, or if it’s hotter than usual for longer? 

  • How has the use of fire changed over time? Consider pre-colonisation, early colonisation, and present day. 

  • How did traditional fire management contribute to a sustainable way of life? 

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