Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students bring much of their work together by creating an energy reduction plan for homes. This is an open ended activity allowing students to identify solutions they think are most important even if they might be difficult to achieve.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • Planning and design can be critical in solving problems such as reducing the amount of energy being used in homes.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 5 Science

  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE217)

Year 5 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704)

Year 6 Science

  • Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE220)

Syllabus Outcomes: ST3-6PWEN3-2A.

Topic: Energy

Year levels: 5 and 6

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 40 + mins

Learning areas addressed: Design and Technology, English, Civics and Citizenship, Geography, Science

Teacher input: Assist students to focus their ideas, assist communication between students and appropriate school leadership team.

Resources required: Computers and writing materials, previous work

Homework and extension opportunities: Present material at home and ask family to write a PMI (plus, minus or interesting) assessment.

Keywords: Energy, home energy plan, behaviour change.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Activity outline

Allow students to do this activity in groups or as individuals.

The activity is about any Australian home. As a class, discuss what is meant by ‘Design a home energy plan.’ Write their key points on the board.

Review the relevant work students have already done on home energy. Write any further points students come up with.

Students can incorporate any of the materials they have worked on during the unit.

The way students develop their plan is their choice. Examples are:

•    A labeled diagram
•    A labeled set of photos
•    A report
•    A powerpoint presentation
•    An extension of their checklist
•    A newspaper article format

Provide students with a fixed amount of classroom time.

Explain to students that they will be presenting their work to their family. Each student will need to take in turns. Each family will need to fill in a PMI (Plus, minus or interesting) assessment.

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Student Worksheet

Design a school energy saving plan assessment tool

Directions for family: Please read read through your student' work on 'design a home energy plan' and write what you think about it. You have three categories to write about called PMI. This stands for plus – minus – interesting. As you assess the project write down what you think about the pluses, minuses and what is interesting.

Which students did the project?




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