Quick summary: Students collect data at home about their family’s energy consumption over one day. Students then identify potential energy reduction strategies.
- 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
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 (ACSHE100)
- Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE100)
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.
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.
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