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Subject:

The Arts

Year level:

Level 3, Level 4

Suggested timing:

2 lessons

Misery Island Coastline

Activity 3: Megafauna exploration

This activity is a part of the Understanding and respecting cultural narratives resource.

Misery Island Coastline, Misery Island, palawa country. Tiffany Garvie. Source: Ngarrngga. © Tiffany Garvie 2023. Used under licence

Begin the lesson with an exploration of the concept of megafauna, showing the videos below to introduce the concept to students.

Pre-viewing

https://www.abc.net.au/education/human-evolution-megafauna-murder-mystery/13944616

Pre-viewing

https://www.abc.net.au/btn/classroom/megafauna-fossil-footprints/10522690

Assign students one of the following megafauna:

Diprotodon 

Megalania

Thylacoleo carnifex

Palorchestesazael

Genyornis

Zygomaturus

Genyornisnewtoni

Zygomaturus trilobus

Students are to research their own animals then share with the class, to begin a discussion of extinction and possible causes for why there are no megafauna alive any longer.

Then get students to research an example of megafauna using the task sheet below (or similar).

Related activities within this resources:

Misery Island Coastline

Activity 1 – Tiddalik

Teachers guide students to explore cultural narratives through a film that highlights the rich traditions, morals, and storytelling techniques of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Suggested timing:

One to two lessons.

Misery Island Coastline

Activity 2 – Water

Teachers guide students to connect local cultural stories with their landscape, fostering a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander narratives.

Suggested timing:

One lesson/45 min.

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