Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This is an energetic activity to get your students outside and becoming familiar with new words they will learn about renewable energy.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • There is a lot to know about energy and our environment, but sometimes just getting out and having some fun is a great way to learn.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 3 Science

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)
  • Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another (ACSSU049)

Year 4 Science

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)

Syllabus Outcomes: ST2-11LW, ST2-6PW

Topic: Energy

Year levels: 3 and 4

Indoor or outdoor activity: Outdoor

Time required: 45 mins

Learning areas addressed: Health and Physical Education, Sustainability.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead the students in activity.

Resources required: Printed sheet of words and actions, large open space.

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

Keywords: Energy, fun, game.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

All this talk about burning and saving energy makes us want to burn a bit of our own energy. Get your students outside, get them busy moving and get them using some of their own renewable energy!

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


To play this game you will need to make large card. Each card will have one of the vocabulary words from the list below with the corresponding action word on the back. The cards will be held up and students need to complete the associated action, this will help students to become familiar with the vocabulary words.

The rules of the game are:

Choose a leader who will hold all the cards. 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 recall the action can do it.

This is an elimination game. Players will be eliminated if;

1.    They are t

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Student Worksheet

Words and actions game



 Solar  Run to the north side of the playing field
 Geothermal  Run to the south side of the playing field
 Hydropower  Run to the west side of the playing field
 Wind  Run to the east side of the playing field
 Biomass  Run to the centre of the playing field
 Coal  Sit down where you are
 Fossil fuel  Star jumps
 Natural gas  Two players link arms and spin in a circle
 Petrol  Three players form a chain and take three steps backwards
 Cow farts  Four players form a circle holding hands
 Uranium  Five players form a line holding hands hop on one leg
 Nonrenewable        Freeze command: stand still until ‘release’ command is given
 Renewable  Release command: players are no longer frozen

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

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