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
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)
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.