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Subject:

Science

Year level:

Level 6

Songwarbler perching on a branch

Conceptual-based question cards

This activity is a part of the Understanding plants and animals resource.

Songwarbler perching on a branch. Canberra, Ngunawal country. Photographer: Anna Calvert. Source: Getty Images. Used under licence.

Engage with a variety of conceptual-based questions which explore the impact of fire practices on plants and animals.

These conceptual-based questions provide multiple entry and exit points. They explore concepts at varying complexities and can be used in a number of ways. Some examples include:

  • classroom debates

  • small group inquiry

  • individual responses

  • Think-Pair-Share.

Related activities within this resources:

Songwarbler perching on a branch

Inquiry-based learning questions

These inquiry-based questions are provided for flexible classroom use, allowing teachers to tailor discussion and reflections specific to their classroom needs.

Songwarbler perching on a branch

Activity 1 - Seed germination

We’ve all seen nature spring back into life after a fire. In this resource students will investigate the effect of ash on the germination of native seeds and how fire can be used in productive ways.

Suggested timing:

Occurs over a week or more, with something to monitor for the class across this time span.

Required resources:

Native seeds, Banksia spp. seeds, dry leaf litter, BBQ area or fire pit, fire lighters, plastic petri dishes, ash

Songwarbler perching on a branch

Activity 2 - Diamond Ranking

Students will need to draw upon their critical thinking skills and express their perspective when ranking statements about Indigenous fire practices.

Required resources:

Scissors

Songwarbler perching on a branch

Activity 3 - Exploring ecosystems before and after a controlled burn

Students can select an ecosystem, draw and explain what happens to the ecosystem before and after a controlled burn, linking this back to supporting biodiversity.

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