Floods and Drought

Students investigate both the natural and human-made factors contributing to floods and drought. With a focus on extreme weather events, they design their own amphibious home or fireproof vehicle.

Cross Curriculum Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

A_TSICP1 The occupation and colonisation of Australia by the British, under the now overturned doctrine of terra nullius, were experienced by First Nations Australians as an invasion that denied their occupation of, and connection to, Country/Place.


A_TSICP1 First Nations communities of Australia maintain a deep connection to, and responsibility for, Country/Place and have holistic values and belief systems that are connected to the land, sea, sky and waterways.


A_TSICP3 The First Peoples of Australia are the Traditional Owners of Country/Place, protected in Australian Law by the Native Title Act 1993 which recognises pre-existing sovereignty, continuing systems of law and customs, and connection to Country/Place. This recognised legal right provides for economic sustainability and a voice into the development and management of Country/Place.

A_TSIP3 The significant and ongoing contributions of First Nations Australians and their histories and cultures are acknowledged locally, nationally and globally.

Curriculum Links

AC9HS5S02 Locate, collect and organise information and data from primary and secondary sources in a range of formats

AC9HS5K05 The management of Australian environments, including managing severe weather events such as bushfires, floods, droughts or cyclones, and their consequences

AC9S5I01 Pose investigable questions to identify patterns and test relationships and make reasoned predictions

AC9S5I02 Plan and conduct repeatable investigations to answer questions, including, as appropriate, deciding the variables to be changed, measured and controlled in fair tests; describing potential risks; planning for the safe use of equipment and materials; and identifying required permissions to conduct investigations on Country/Place

AC9S5I03 Use equipment to observe, measure and record data with reasonable precision, using digital tools as appropriate

AC9S5I04 Construct and use appropriate representations, including tables, graphs and visual or physical models, to organise and process data and information and describe patterns, trends and relationships

AC9S5I05 Compare methods and findings with those of others, recognise possible sources of error, pose questions for further investigation and select evidence to draw reasoned conclusions

AC9TDE6P0 Investigate needs or opportunities for designing, and the materials, components, tools, equipment and processes needed to create designed solutions

AC9TDE6P03 Select and use suitable materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to safely make designed solutions

AC9TDE6P02 Generate, iterate and communicate design ideas, decisions and processes using technical terms and graphical representation techniques, including using digital tools

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Unit Includes

  • 1 Focus Area
  • 4 Lessons



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