Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students use text and illustrations to communicate behaviors that will reduce energy use in the school and home. Their text and illustration will be collated to become part of a class book.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • Text with illustrations can show other people how to reduce their energy use.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions

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)

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 OutcomeEN1-2AST1-4WS

Topic: Energy

Year levels: 1 and 2

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 45 mins

Learning areas addressed: English, Science, Geography, Art

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

Resources required: Art and writing materials equipment for consolidating pages into a book.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Keywords: Energy, electricity, student action, behaviour change.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Step 1: Ask your students to think about some of the ways they can reduce energy. Write these ideas down onto the board. 

Step 2: Once you have a reasonable number of ideas, ask your students to create pages for an energy saving book. Each student can design one page. You may wish to provide student with a pre-formatted page with lines to write the text. For students that have not reached the level necessary for writing text by copying from the board, the teacher can write the page and the student can illustrate it.

Step 3: Once the book has been produced, keep it in a prominent place for a week or two and then consider allowing student to take turns in taking it home each night to read with their parents.

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Student Worksheet


As a class, you are going to create an energy saving book. Think about some of the ways you can reduce energy. Choose your favorite idea and design one page that tells people how to save energy. Use pictures, words and lots of great colours to help get your message across. This page will become part of an 'Energy Saving Manual' put together by your classmates.



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