A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the significance of vegetation endemic to the survival of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This lesson plan includes the following resources:
This lesson contains an independent inquiry task which may require an additional 1-2 lessons to complete. Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that some of the content in this lesson may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.
This lesson contains a link to an external video. Please watch the video prior to presenting this lesson to ensure that the content is appropriate for your students.
the significance of vegetation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their culture
the different kinds of uses many plants have
how important plants are for the survival of living things.
Display slide 29. As a class, match the foods to the tools. Ask the students:
What is each tool used for?
How could these tools be made without modern technology?
Which plant do you think was used to make each tool?
Display slides 32 and 36. As a class, discuss:
the location in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples live
how climate affects the types of shelter Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples need
how the location of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples influences their use of plants.
Provide the students with a copy of the Survival Tips Inquiry Task. Read through the process step-by-step and answer any questions the students may have.
Provide the students with an appropriate amount of time to research and prepare their posters. The number of lessons required to complete the task may vary, according to the individual learning needs of the students in the class.
While the students are researching information for their posters, ask them:
Which types of vegetation are you investigating?
Which sources are you using to gather information?
How are going to display your information?
Once the students have finished, gather together as a class. Encourage more confident students to share their posters. Display the students’ work in a prominent place in the classroom.
Encourage more capable students to use digital technologies when publishing their posters.
Provide examples to choose from for students who are having difficulty finding content for their posters.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities