Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students use this activity to draw conclusions about viable ways of reducing energy use at school and at home. They use their conclusions to create a class booklet, with each student contributing a page.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • Often we need to understand the problem, and then come to a conclusion so we can develop a solution. Reducing energy waste can be done by everyone.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 3 English:

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print,and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1682)

Year 3 Science:

  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS060)

Year 4 English:

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features (ACELY1694)

Year 4 Science:

  • Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS071)

Syllabus OutcomesST2-4WSEN2-2A

Topic: Energy

Year levels: 3 and 4

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 45 mins

Learning areas addressed: English, Sustainability, Geography.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead a brief discussion on energy saving ideas. Oversee creation of booklet.

Resources required: Art and writing materials.

Keywords: Energy, energy waste, conservation.

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

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Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Ask your students to think about some of the ways that they can save energy at home.

Write these ideas down onto the board.

Once you have a reasonable number of ideas, get your students to create pages for an energy saving booklet or manual. Each student can do this alone or as a class, designing one page each.

Pages could include topics such as:

  • Remember to turn off the lights
  • Remember to turn off the television when you’re not watching it
  • Don’t use hot water when you could use cold water
  • Before you put the heater on to get warm, put a woolly jumper on and some of dad’s woolly socks
  • Remember to close the fridge door when you’re getting your midnight munchies; and
  • Always remember to be safe with energy and always make sure there is an adult around before you start plugging and unplugging things (not only could you hurt yourself but you could also accidentally turn off the freezer and make a mess of the ice-cream).

You can use this manual at school a

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: How can you save energy at home?

Create a one page document that explores one energy saving idea. The class can put all of these ideas together to create an energy saving booklet or manual.

Pages could include topics such as:

  • Remember to turn off the lights
  • Remember to turn off the television when you’re not watching it
  • Don’t use hot water when you could use cold water
  • Before you put the heater on to get warm, put a woolly jumper on and some of dad’s woolly socks
  • Remember to close the fridge door when you’re getting your midnight munchies; and
  • Always remember to be safe with energy and always make sure there is an adult around before you start plugging and unplugging things (not only could you hurt yourself but you could also accidentally turn off the freezer and make a mess of the ice-cream).

You can use this manual at school at the end of each day as a reminder about all the things they need to turn off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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