Activity Introduction

Quick summary: The teacher helps students investigate how appliances are turned on and off and  the safety requirements.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • Appliances are turned on and off, but we need to consider safety as well.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Year 1 Mathematics

  • Choose simple questions and gather responses (ACMSP262)
  • Represent data with objects and drawings where one object or drawing represents one data value. Describe the displays (ACMSP263)

Year 1 Science

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

Year 2 Mathematics

  • Collect, check and classify data (ACMSP049)
  • Create displays of data using lists, table and picture graphs and interpret them (ACMSP050)

Year 2 Science

  • Earth’s resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)

Syllabus Outcomes ST1-11LW, ST1-9ESMA1‑1WM, MA1‑2WM, MA1‑3WM, MA1-17SP.

Topic: Energy

Year levels: 1 and 2

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required 35 mins

Learning areas addressed: Geography, Sustainability, Health

Level of teacher scaffolding: While leading the activity reinforce all safety procedures which include students must not touch where necessary.

Resources required: The activity sheet is best used on a smartboard or with a digital projector as a whole class activity.

Keywords: Electricity, energy, safety.

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

Activity outline

Go through each of the appliances on the Student Worksheet. For each appliance:
1.    Ask how it can be turned on or off.
2.    Where appropriate ask a student to turn the appliance on or off.
3.    When students should not turn the appliance on or off the teacher shows how it is done.
4.    Discuss if the appliance might be on standby. Find out the difference between leaving the equipment on standby and turning it off.
5.    Reinforce any safety issues. Eg While students in you class might (or maybe not) be allowed to turn computers on or off at the computer they must never crawl under table to turn off the power switch on the wall.
6.    What are some special cases?
a.    Some appliance such as heating may have a control panel that outside the classroom and affects a large proportion or all of the school.
b.    Some appliances like air conditioners can be regulated via a dial.
c.    Some appliances such as the school intercom speakers and telephones mus

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Student Worksheet

Cool research questions about classroom energy activity sheet

Go through each of the appliances and fill in how it can be turned off and any safety rules you need to follow.

Appliance
    
How is it turned on or off?  Safety  
Lights
Computers
DVD player
Smartboard
Fish tank
Digital projector
Fan
Air conditioner
Heater
Television
Other
Other


Cool research questions about classroom energy activity sheet

Appliance  
   
Draw a picture or write how it is turned on or off? 
Lights
Computers
DVD player
Smartboard
Digital projector
Fan
Air conditioner
Heater
Television

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