Essential Question

How do First Nations Peoples use knowledges of the structural features of plants and animals in everyday life?

Warning — First Nations teachers and students are advised that this curriculum resource may contain images, voices or names of deceased people.

Unit details

Y5 Science
Lesson Time: 40 minutes
Lessons: 12
Duration: 6 weeks

Australian Curriculum
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority.

Unit overview

In this resource, students gain an understanding of

  • how First Nations Peoples use knowledges of the structural features, otherwise known as structural adaptions, of certain species of animals and plants in everyday life
  • Australia’s unique plant and animal diversity
    the ways
  • First Nations Peoples continue to use and manage plants and animals through ancestral knowledge systems and practices
  • how these expert knowledge systems have been formed over thousands of years through cultural traditions and synchronised relationships between people and Country.
  • Please keep in mind, you don’t need to be an expert on this topic – we often learn alongside our students.

While this resource has been created so it can be taught in a linear fashion, feel free to start small. You may prefer to select a single activity that connects to what you’re teaching or about to teach. Even small actions can make a big difference.