## Activity Introduction

**Quick summary:** Students collect data at home about their family’s energy consumption over one day. Students then identify potential energy reduction strategies.

**Essential questions:**

- How much energy do students personally use?
- How much energy do the families of students use?
- What actions can we take to reduce energy consumption?

**N.B.** Confirm that this activity complies with your school’s privacy policies. Your school may require you to send a letter home with the students requesting that students collect data.

**21st century skills:**

### Australian Curriculum Mapping

**Content descriptions:**

**Year 5 Mathematics**

- Pose questions and collect categorical or numerical data by observation or survey (ACMSP118)
- Describe and interpret different data sets in context (ACMSP120)

**Year 5 Science**

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

**Year 6 Mathematics**

- Interpret and compare a range of data displays, including side-by-side column graphs for two categorical variables (ACMSP147)

**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:** SC4-7WS, MA3-18SP, MA3‑1WM, MA3‑3WM.

**General capabilities:** Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability.

**Cross-curriculum priority:** Sustainability OI.7., OI.8.

**Relevant parts of Year 5 Mathematics achievement standards:** Students pose questions to gather data, construct data displays appropriate for the data, and interpret different data sets.

**Relevant parts of Year 5 Science achievement standards: **Students discuss how scientific developments help us solve problems.

**Relevant parts of Year 6 Mathematics achievement standards:** Students interpret and compare a variety of data displays.

**Relevant parts of Year 6 Science achievement standards:** Students explain how scientific knowledge helps us to solve problems and inform decisions.

**Topic:** Energy

**Time required:** This activity can be set as homework or set over the period of one whole day.

**Level of teacher scaffolding:** Assist students in analysing their energy usage and participate in the activity if you are really keen! Engage students in a discussion around the results.

**Resources required:** Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. One home electricity bill.

**Digital technology opportunities:** Digital sharing capabilities.

**Keywords**: Energy, home, audit, conservation.

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