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Lesson Plan

Preparation

Locate the ABC news article ‘Charities grapple with surging demand and volunteer shortages’ for discussion in the Introduction activity.

Curriculum links

  • Australian Curriculum: ACHASSK118, ACHASSK114, ACHASSK120, ACHASSI095, ACHASSI096, ACHASSI097, ACHASSI100, ACHASSI101, ACHASSI104, ACHASSI105
  • NSW Syllabus: GE3-2
  • Vic. Curriculum: VCCCC016, VCGGK095, VCEBR003
  • WA Curriculum: ACHASSK118, ACHASSK114, ACHASSK120, WAHASS52, WAHASS53, WAHASS56, WAHASS58, WAHASS59, WAHASS61, WAHASS63

Note: Italicised links relate to HASS areas other than Civics and Citizenship.

Suggested teaching strategies

Introduction

Display the ABC news article ‘Charities grapple with surging demand and volunteer shortages’. Can students guess why there might be a current shortage of volunteers? Students may then read the article and discuss it.

Display the digital lesson which introduces natural disaster relief and volunteer activity for bushfires and floods.

Development

Provide students with worksheets 1 and 2 to complete.

The investigation worksheet explores the qualities of people who are volunteers and the types of volunteer organisations that exist.

Differentiation

  • Students requiring additional support can be guided in how to locate information and websites needed for the worksheets.
  • As an extension to this lesson, students can consider how they could help their rural fire brigade, which allows young people from 12 years of age to volunteer. Students can discuss whether this appeals to them or not and find out how to join, or how else they could help the fire brigade.
  • An additional activity is to form small groups and consider children or adults in need and the charities or organisations that help them. The groups should come up with ideas about how they could help alleviate this problem. Discuss why they chose the organisation.

Conclusion

Students think back to the article from the Introduction. How could some of the volunteer organisations from the investigation worksheet attract more volunteers?

Assessment

Worksheet 1 answers
Teacher check

Worksheet 2 answers
1. Teacher check
2. Answers may include: rescue people from flooded vehicles and homes, educate about emergency procedures, help restrain flood waters by sandbagging etc.
3. Teacher check

Investigation worksheet answers
Teacher check

Preparation

Locate the ABC news article ‘Charities grapple with surging demand and volunteer shortages’ for discussion in the Introduction activity.

Curriculum links

  • Australian Curriculum: ACHASSK118, ACHASSK114, ACHASSK120, ACHASSI095, ACHASSI096, ACHASSI097, ACHASSI100, ACHASSI101, ACHASSI104, ACHASSI105
  • NSW Syllabus: GE3-2
  • Vic. Curriculum: VCCCC016, VCGGK095, VCEBR003
  • WA Curriculum: ACHASSK118, ACHASSK114, ACHASSK120, WAHASS52, WAHASS53, WAHASS56, WAHASS58, WAHASS59, WAHASS61, WAHASS63

Note: Italicised links relate to HASS areas other than Civics and Citizenship.

Suggested teaching strategies

Introduction

Display the ABC news article ‘Charities grapple with surging demand and volunteer shortages’. Can students guess why there might be a current shortage of volunteers? Students may then read the article and discuss it.

Display the digital lesson which introduces natural disaster relief and volunteer activity for bushfires and floods.

Development

Provide students with worksheets 1 and 2 to complete.

The investigation worksheet explores the qualities of people who are volunteers and the types of volunteer organisations that exist.

Differentiation

  • Students requiring additional support can be guided in how to locate information and websites needed for the worksheets.
  • As an extension to this lesson, students can consider how they could help their rural fire brigade, which allows young people from 12 years of age to volunteer. Students can discuss whether this appeals to them or not and find out how to join, or how else they could help the fire brigade.
  • An additional activity is to form small groups and consider children or adults in need and the charities or organisations that help them. The groups should come up with ideas about how they could help alleviate this problem. Discuss why they chose the organisation.

Conclusion

Students think back to the article from the Introduction. How could some of the volunteer organisations from the investigation worksheet attract more volunteers?

Assessment

Worksheet 1 answers
Teacher check

Worksheet 2 answers
1. Teacher check
2. Answers may include: rescue people from flooded vehicles and homes, educate about emergency procedures, help restrain flood waters by sandbagging etc.
3. Teacher check

Investigation worksheet answers
Teacher check

Student Pages

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Intro 1

Lesson 1

Volunteering

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Intro 2

Lesson 1

Volunteering

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CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 1

Our local communities often run as well as they do thanks to the contributions of volunteers.

We rely on volunteers for things both big and small.

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 2

Today, we’re going to learn about volunteers in relation to natural disasters, specifically bushfires and flooding.

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 3

Bushfires are common
in Australia.

Over the summer months, firefighters respond to approximately 54 000 fires.

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 4

Bushfires change the environment by destroying native vegetation, buildings and homes, livestock
and native animals.
They also cause loss of human life.

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 5

Fire and emergency services and land management groups in all states of Australia are responsible for preventing and managing bushfires.

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 6

Rural fire brigades operate in areas not covered by normal fire and emergency services from urban areas. In rural and semi-rural areas, fire services are staffed mostly by volunteers.

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 7

Volunteers carry out a number of different duties including fighting fires, bushfire prevention and risk management, and fire
safety education.

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 8

Without the efforts of volunteers in the past, many more homes and lives would have been lost.

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 9

Floods are another kind of natural disaster.

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 10

Floods are usually caused when
excess water from heavy rain cannot
be contained by natural watercourses
(lakes, rivers or creeks) or constructed water storages (reservoirs, canals or dams).

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 11

Flooding is a regular occurrence in many regions of Australia. Sometimes these floods occur quickly and without warning.

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 12

They can damage crops, agriculture, railway lines, roads and property; isolate rural communities; and cause loss of human life.

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 13

State emergency services, the Bureau of Meteorology, water authorities and local councils all cooperate to assist people before, during and after flooding occurs.

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 14

State emergency services are staffed by volunteers and exist in every state and territory of Australia. They provide a valuable service in flood disaster situations.

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 15

Why do you think people volunteer for these positions
in natural disaster relief and support? What sort of values
do you think they have?

Do you share any of these values?

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Slide 16

Natural disaster relief is just one form of volunteer work that your local community relies on. What other volunteer positions do you know of?

Do you contribute to any?
Would you like to?

CivCit Year 5 Unit 3 Lesson 1 Final Slide

Lesson 1

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Investigation Worksheet

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