Activity details: In this activity students are asked to interview someone older than them. The student will ask the person about how they used energy when they where the age of the student. This person should be at least as old as their parents or as old as their grandparents if possible.
NB: Teachers must confirm that this activity fits with their school’s privacy policies. It may be necessary to modify the activity so it does comply. (Making sure there is no references to names, including the student’s name). Your school may also require that a note goes home explaining and asking permission that students collect family oral history comparing energy use.
Key lessons and understandings of activity:
Students use oral history to compare lifestyles and how changing energy use can be used to follow changes through recent history. They experience the value of oral history within a family context.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 5 English:
- Clarify understanding of content as it unfolds in formal and informal situations, connecting ideas to students’ own experiences and present and justify a point of view (ACELY1699)
Year 5 History:
- Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and present (ACHASSI099)
Year 6 English:
- Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions (ACELY1709)
Year levels: 5 and 6
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor
Duration of activity: 20 mins in class prior to and after interview, homework time
Learning areas addressed: History, English.
Teacher input: Engage students in a discussion around interview results following completion of the activity.
Resources needed: Activity sheet (optional).
Homework and extension opportunities: This activity has opportunities for extension. Parts of this activity will need to be set as homework.
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