Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This is an energetic activity to get your kids outside and thinking about some of the big themes around energy. Students have to remember what action are associated with energy-themed words, and then complete these actions successfully in order to remain in the game.

Essential questions: 

  • What is energy?
  • How can we explore energy while being active and having fun?
  • What are some different types of renewable energy?

21st century skills:

energy game skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions

Year 5 Science

  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE083)

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)

Syllabus Outcomes: ST3-7PW, ST3-6PW

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.

Topic: Energy.

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Lead the students in activity.

Resources required: Printed sheet of words and actions, large open space. Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: Energy, electricity, renewable energy, game.

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

Overarching learning goal: This is an energetic activity to get your kids outside and thinking about some of the big themes around energy.

Teacher content information:

Cool Australia Presents Energy from Cool Australia on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/coolaustralia/energy)

Hot tips: This is a game best suited to a large defined area such as a basketball, either inside or outside.

Student and classroom organisation

Step 1. Preparation:

Get groups of two to make large cards of each of the words used. On the back the actions can be written also in large letters. The cards and words can be held up when they are called out and will help students to become familiar with the words.

Step 2. The rules of the game are:

All the students – except one, the leader with the cards – stand on the playing field. When the leader calls out a word and shows the card, the students must complete the correct action. After a second the card is flipped so those students who can’t recal

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What is the difference between energy and electricity?

Research the definitions for the following words that were used in this game:

Solar

 

Geothermal

 

Hydro power

 

Wind

 

Biomass

 

Coal

 

Fossil Fuel

 

Natural Gas

 

Petrol

 

Cow farts

 

Uranium

 

Nonrenewable

 

Renewable

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