Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students bring together their ideas about how they use electricity and discuss alternatives to this use.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • Students conclude there are some things for which we depend on electricity and for other things we can come up with alternatives?

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions

Year 1 Science

  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022)

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

  • 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 Outcomes: EN1-2AST1-11LW, ST1-9ES

Topic: Energy

Year levels: 1 and 2

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 25 mins

Learning areas addressed: Geography, Science.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Assist students with Worksheet.

Resources required: Printed activity sheet (some students may get through two) writing and colouring materials, if it is in the classroom you can use a smartboard.

Keywords: Energy, Electricity, 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

There will be a range of electrical appliances we need to use each day and we are very dependent on these. There are other appliances we can easily or creatively find an alternative so we do not need to use them.

If your students have not reached the writing skills to place text in the boxes, they can illustrate the boxes instead. If student have time to complete more than five appliances, provide them with an additional Student Worksheet.

Activity outline

Give each student a copy of the Student Worksheet and ask them to think about all the ways they use electricity. Each student should make a list on the activity sheet using text or a simple diagram.

Discuss with students some of their examples investigating the following questions:

1.    Is there an alternative to using the electrical appliance?
2.   Are we dependent on using the electrical appliance?

Allow students to work independently to complete the activity sheet.

As a class, find the most creative sug

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Student Worksheet

Name:

Think about all the way you use electricity. Make a list on the activity sheet using text or a simple diagram.
1.    Is there an alternative to using the electrical appliance?
2.   Are we dependent on using the electrical appliance?

  I use electricity for these things...  
If I didn't use electricity I would have to...
1.    1.   
2.   2.  
3.   3.  
4.   4.  
5.   5.  

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