Quick summary: Students collect data about the school’s energy consumption and look at ways energy consumption can be reduced. The audit of the school’s energy use and other information that students gather will form the basis of their recommendations and actions.
Key lessons and understandings of activity:
- To make the best changes to reduce energy use, we should collect and analyse the data first.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 5 Mathematics
- Pose questions and collect categorical or numerical data by observation or survey (ACMSP118)
- Describe and interpret different data sets in context (ACMSP120)
Year 5 Science
- Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (ACSSU080)
Year 6 Mathematics
- Interpret and compare a range of data displays, including side-by-side column graphs for two categorical variables (ACMSP147)
Year 6 Science
- Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity (ACSSU219)
- Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE100)
Year levels: 5 and 6
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor
Time required: 70 + mins, this lesson may be extended over several lessons.
Learning areas addressed: Mathematics, Science.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Assist students with audit, with gaining access to existing school energy information, and with communicating recommendations to school management. Inform staff if your students will cause any disruptions while gathering data.
Resources required: School energy bills, writing materials, printed workbook for each student.
Homework and extension opportunities: This is a long activity and could be extended over several lessons, the final of which could be used to present findings and recommendations to school management.
Keywords: Energy, audit, conservation.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.