Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This class-wide activity asks students to think about how they use electricity in their classroom and at home and where they could use less.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • We need electricity everyday for so many different things, but it is important to think about saving energy where possible.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 1 Mathematics

  • 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 1 English

  • Engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening behaviours, showing interest, and contributing ideas, information and questions (ACELY1656)

Year 2 Mathematics

Year 2 Science

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

Year 2 English

  • Listen for specific purposes and information, including instructions, and extend students’ own and others’ ideas in discussions (ACELY1666)

Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-11LW, ST1-9ESEN1-1AMA1‑2WM, MA1‑1WM, MA1‑3WM, MA1-17SP.

Topic: Energy

Year levels: 1 and 2

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 40 mins

Learning areas addressed: Geography, Sustainability.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead students on a discussion around electricity use and assist with filling out the Student Worksheets.

Resources required: Printed worksheet (student worksheet).

Homework and extension opportunities: Ask the students to repeat the activity at home.

Keywords:  Electricity, energy, classroom, home.

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

Using the student worksheet, discuss how energy is used at home and in the classroom.

If you have printed the worksheet, your students can use coloured pencils to represent their data. Use blue to colour in the spaces next to the things that you have in your classroom. Use pink to colour in the spaces next to the things that you don’t have in your classroom. Use yellow to colour in the spaces next to the things that you use everyday. Use green to colour in the spaces next to the things that you only use sometimes.

If your students are using the electronic worksheet, they can type yes or no into the worksheet.

Discuss with students the frequency of their energy use. Do you use the things everyday or only sometimes?

 

Closing questions

When students have collecting their data, lead a brief discussion around the following questions:

  • Looking at the things that you do use everyday, is there anyway you can use those things less?
  • Do you need to
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Student Worksheet

Instructions:

Fill in the worksheet below using the following instructions...

Use blue to colour in the spaces next to the things that you have in your classroom. Use pink to colour in the spaces next to the things that you don’t have in your classroom.

Use yellow to colour in the spaces next to the things that you use everyday. Use green to colour in the spaces next to the things that you only use sometimes.

 


Appliance

 

Do you have this in your classroom?

Colour blue for yes

Colour pink for no

Do you use these everyday?

Colour yellow for yes

Colour green for no

Printer

Stereo

DVD Player

Lights

Fish Tank

Digital projector

Photocopier

Computer

Television

Washing Machine

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