Energy is the lifeblood of our modern life. It powers our industry, it fuels our cars, and charges our iPhones. Our energy is produced by burning fossil fuels and this has a range of environmental, social and economic impacts. One of the most significant being the emission of greenhouse gases. A solution is a transition to clean energy sources. The... Read more »

Prior Learning

Prior learning activities enable students to value what they already know about a topic. While they establish what students already know, they also help the teacher to identify some of their misconceptions. Prior learning activities can be used as the start of the assessment process.

  1. Year 5 & 6 Energy – The Basics Powerpoint
    Year 5 & 6 Energy – The Basics Powerpoint
  2. K-W-H-L Thinking Tool
    K-W-H-L Thinking Tool
  3. It’s all about energy – game
    It’s all about energy – game

Tuning in

A tuning in activity helps students to define and focus on the issues they will be dealing with in the unit of work.

  1. Snappy Science – Light up the room with your hair!
    Snappy Science – Light up the room with your hair!
  2. Snappy Science – Which colours are hotter?
    Snappy Science – Which colours are hotter?
  3. Snappy Science – Water power
    Snappy Science – Water power
  4. Snappy Science – Bend water with static electricity
    Snappy Science – Bend water with static electricity
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  9. Snappy Science – Be a snake charmer
    Snappy Science – Be a snake charmer
  10. Snappy Science – Static electricity can race
    Snappy Science – Static electricity can race
  11. Snappy Science – Make a compass
    Snappy Science – Make a compass
  12. Snappy Science – Make an electromagnet
    Snappy Science – Make an electromagnet
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  17. Choc-chip biscuit coal mine
    Choc-chip biscuit coal mine

Finding Out

Students will need to obtain more information about the issues they are going to investigate. They can identify questions of interest and research these either in small groups or on their own. Once information is gathered, it can be shared using chosen communication methods e.g. short presentations. Students can continue finding out by completing a range of investigations, including gathering data. They use appropriate methods to present and communicate what they have found out.

  1. AuSSI Energy Audit – Upper Primary
    AuSSI Energy Audit – Upper Primary
  2. Pin the power on the map
    Pin the power on the map
  3. NAPLAN-style reading practice paper – Year 5 – Wind Power
    NAPLAN-style reading practice paper – Year 5 – Wind Power
  4. Switch to Save – Classroom Audit – Year 5 & 6
    Switch to Save – Classroom Audit – Year 5 & 6
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  9. You’re hired as a wildlife protection expert!
    You’re hired as a wildlife protection expert!
  10. A powerful century
    A powerful century
  11. A power trip
    A power trip
  12. NAPLAN-style writing practice paper – Year 5
    NAPLAN-style writing practice paper – Year 5
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  17. Evaluating energy saving technology
    Evaluating energy saving technology
  18. How much electricity did you use today?
    How much electricity did you use today?
  19. Investigation into how we create and use energy – Research Project
    Investigation into how we create and use energy – Research Project
  20. Homework task: Energy then and now
    Homework task: Energy then and now

Considering Social Action

Students are given opportunities to apply their learning in real world situations, in the classroom, school, home or the local community.

  1. Design a school energy saving plan
    Design a school energy saving plan

Assessment and Reflection

Reflection time provides students with an opportunity to value what they have learnt and the learning processes in which they have been involved. Evaluation or assessment tasks during the unit of work will need to conclude.

  1. Sample Rubric
    Sample Rubric