Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Using a choice of complementary communication tools, students design and run a campaign at their school or in their community, promoting energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. This activity could be done in conjunction with developing an energy reduction school plan.

Learning goals for this activity include:

  • Identify positive personal behaviours and actions relating to energy and environmental sustainability.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively to conduct and complete activity.
  • Plan and participate in school or community activities for sustainable energy use.
  • Communicate effectively in fair and considered class-wide discussion on issues.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 7 Science

  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)

Year 7 English

  • Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)

Year 8 Science

  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148)

Year 8 English

  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736) 

Syllabus OutcomesSC4-9WSEN4-4B

Topic: Energy

Year levels: 7 and 8

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor/Outdoor

Time required: 45+ mins

Learning areas addressed: English, Science Geography, Sustainability.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Assist students with campaign; liaise with fellow teachers or community with regards to campaign.

Resources required: Art materials, computers, printer, images, cameras etc.

Homework and extension opportunities: This activity will need to be extended over several lessons.

Keyword: Energy, communication, conservation.

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

Based upon what they already know about energy use and the environment, ask your students to run a campaign at your school for clean energy. If you and your class are feeling adventurous, consider running a campaign somewhere in your local community. If you choose this option, consider going to your local council or some local businesses for support or advice.

This activity can be run as a whole class, or you can break the class into smaller groups to tackle various elements of the campaign. It might be worthwhile planning the campaign altogether initially, just so everyone is following the same plan when it comes to carrying out the campaign.

Some things you and your class might want to think about when planning your campaign:

Divide the campaign into two sections:
1. Designing communication pieces
2. The campaign

Designing communication pieces

Consider:
• Who is your audience or target group?
• What are the interests of your audience that link with energy cons

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Student Worksheet

Run a campaign at your school for clean energy

Some things you might want to think about when planning your campaign;
1. Designing communication pieces
2. The campaign

Designing communication pieces

Consider:
• Who is your audience or target group?
• What are the interests of your audience that link with energy conservation?
• Where can you get your target audience to look at your communication pieces?
• Work out what combination of communication pieces can work together to influence your audience. Examples of communication pieces are posters, artwork, pamphlets, newspaper articles, postcards, emails etc.
• Before you start your communication pieces confirm the followings:
- what do you want your audience to do?
- what does your audience need to know to carry out the action?
- how will the audience do it?
• Make sure these three main points stand out.

The campaign

Consider:
• How would you plan this campaign?
• What would be the best and most efficient way to distribute your communication piec

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