Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students will develop a chart and roster to make sure their classroom remains energy efficient.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • Ongoing routines and organization is needed to maintain an energy efficient classroom.

Australian Curriculum Mapping 

Year 1 Science

  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS029)

Year 1 English

  • Create short imaginative and informative texts that show emerging use of appropriate text structure, sentence-level grammar, word choice, spelling, punctuation and appropriate multimodal elements, for example illustrations and diagrams (ACELY1661)

Year 2 Science

  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS042)
  • Earth’s resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)
  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)

Year 2 English

  • Create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1671)

Syllabus OutcomesEN1-2AST1-9ES, ST1-4WS

Topic: Energy

Year levels: 1 and 2

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 45 mins

Learning areas addressed: Mathematics, Geography, Science.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Assist students developing a roster.

Resources required: Writing materials, computer and printer and a classroom smartboard if available.  

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

Students can take charge of some functions within the classroom by having a roster that rotates the tasks.

Activity outline

Step 1 – Make a list

Make a list of all the appliances that require energy and are controlled in the classroom.

Step 2 – Sort it out
Sort the appliances into categories. How and when are they are turned off.

1. Always left on
Highlight any appliances that should never be turned off.

2. Sometimes left on standby
Highlight those appliances that can be left on standby and then sort into:

  • No need to leave it on standby
  • Only left on standby at special times
  • Only left on standby during class time
  • Left on standby throughout the day

3. Turned off:

  • Only turned on when needed
  • Always turned off during breaks
  • Always turned off at the end of the day
  • Always turned off

4. Other ways to control the classroom’s temperature, air and light

  • When should doors be opened or closed?
  • When should windows be opened or closed?
  • When should indoo
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Student Worksheet

Instructions

Step 1 – Make a list
Make a list of all the appliances that require energy and are controlled in the classroom.

Step 2 – Sort the list
Sort the appliances into categories. How and when they are turned off.

1. Always left on
Highlight any appliances that should never be turned off.

2. Sometimes left on standby
Highlight those appliances that can be left on standby and then sort into:
• No need to leave it on standby
• Only left on standby at special times
• Only left on standby during class time
• Left on standby throughout the day

3. Turned off:
• Only turned on when needed
• Always turned off during breaks
• Always turned off at the end of the day
• Always turned off

4. Other ways to control the classroom’s temperature, air and light
• When should doors be open or closed?
• When should windows be opened or closed?
• When should indoor blinds be opened or closed?

Step 3 – Decide
Make a list of all the tasks that can be done to reduce the use of energy
1. during the class

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