Traditional Foods and Trading

Technology Years 3-4

Key Questions

  • How did the land provide food for Indigenous peoples?
  • Who was responsible for the collection and preparation of food? Were there different roles?
  • What was trading and how did it work?
  • What is similar/different between traditional cooking methods and the cooking methods you and your family use?
  • What are the names of some traditional foods eaten by local Indigenous peoples?
  • How were different tools/equipment used in collection and preparation of food?

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to explain the history of local Indigenous people’s food collection and preparation.
  • Students will be able to identify traditional methods of food collection for Indigenous people.
  • Students will be able to explain how the land played a part in the types of foods Indigenous people ate.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast traditional foods to what we eat today.

Curriculum Links

Technology

  • Investigate food and fibre production used in modern or traditional societies (VCDSTC025)
  • Investigate food preparation techniques used in modern or traditional societies (VCDSTC026)
  • Investigate the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for a range of purposes (VCDSTC027)

Intercultural Capability 

  • Compare their own and others cultural practices, showing how these may influence the ways people relate to each other (VCICCB005)
  • Describe what they have learnt about themselves and others from intercultural experiences including a critical perspective on and respect for their own and others cultures (VCICCB006)

Key Local Knowledge Featured in this Unit

barmah forest

Barmah National Park

Parks Victoria guides can take students to visit key sites for both trade and food.

Details on organising a trip are included within the Unit Plan.

Aunty Ella

Guest Speaker

It is recommended you arrange for a guest speaker to speak with students about food and technology.  Suggestions for how to arrange a guest speaker are included within the Unit Plan.

Number of Lessons

6

Unit Plan

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