Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students collect data completing a spot audit on all the lights that are on in their classroom and the school.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • Data collection can help find out if electricity is being wasted in the school.

 

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 1 Mathematics

  • Represent data with objects and drawings where one object or drawing represents one data value. Describe the displays (ACMSP263)

Year 1 Science

  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022)

Year 1 English

  • Engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening behaviours, showing interest, and contributing ideas, information and questions (ACELY1656)

Year 2 Mathematics

Year 2 Science

  • Earth’s resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)

Year 2 English

  • Listen for specific purposes and information, including instructions, and extend students’ own and others’ ideas in discussions (ACELY1666)

Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-11LW, ST1-9ESEN1-1AMA1‑1WM, MA1‑2WM, MA1‑3WM, MA1-17SP.

Topic: Energy

Year levels: 1 and 2

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor/Outdoor

Time required: 45 mins

Learning areas addressed: Mathematics.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead the students in a preliminary discussion around energy use. Take the students on a walk around the school looking for lights, including in staff only rooms.

Resources required: Smartboard or digital projector if available, print out of Student Worksheets, clipboards and pencils or portable tablet.

Keywords: energy, lights, audit, electricity. 

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Discuss with the class when the classroom lights need to be on and when they can be turned off.

Explain that the class will do a spot audit around the school of lights which are on when there seems to be enough light coming in through the windows. The teacher may need to warn other staff if you intend to cause any intrusions.

With students decide a time during the day when most lights in the school probably don’t need to be on to do the spot audit.

Have some designated students to record the data on the activity sheet or on a tablet.

Take a walk!

Using the table on the Student Worksheet sheet, take a walk around the school and count the total number of lights, then count the ones that are on and the ones that are off.

Are there any that you think don’t need to be on all the time? Remember, you do need to have some lights on all the time just so you can see where you’re going or what you’re doing. You don’t want to bump into anybody or accidentally fall down t

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Student Worksheet

Student Instructions:

Using the table on the Student Worksheet, take a walk around the school and count:

  • the total number of lights
  • the number of lights turned on
  • The number of lights turned off.

Are there any that you think don’t need to be on all the time? Remember, you do need to have some lights on all the time just so you can see where you’re going or what you’re doing. You don’t want to bump into anybody or accidentally fall down the toilet because you’re trying to save energy.

 

Date:

Time:

Room number of
name
Total number of
lights
Number of lights
switched on
Number of lights
switched off

Date:

Time:

Room number of
name
Total number of
lights
Number of lights
switched on
Number of lights
switched off

Date:

Time:

Room number of
name
Total number of
ligh
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