Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students confirm the rules that apply in their classroom about switching and adjusting classroom appliances.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • Students begin to understand that rules are required to keep students safe and also to save energy in the classroom.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Year 1 English

  • Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning about key events, ideas and information in texts that they listen to, view and read by drawing on growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features (ACELY1660)

Year 1 Science

  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS029)

Year 2 English

  • Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to analyse texts by drawing on growing knowledge of context, language and visual features and print and multimodal text structures (ACELY1670)

Year 2 Science

  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play (ACSIS042)

Syllabus Outcomes: EN1-4AST1-4WS

Topic: Energy

Year levels: 1 and 2

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor/Outdoor

Time required: 20 mins

Learning areas addressed: English, Health, Science, Geography, ICT.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead the students in problem solving on class rules balancing energy savings, safety and an optimal working environment.

Resources required: Smartboard or digital projector if available, print out of Student Worksheets, clipboards and pencils or portable tablet.

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

Students need a set of guidelines to manage the energy consumed in their classroom. By setting out rules they have helped formulate they will be more aware of what they should not do and how to remain safe.


This is a whole class activity. If students have appropriate writing skills, provide each with the activity sheet so they can write the rules.

Use a smartboard, whiteboard or blackboard. List all the appliances in the classroom that use energy including computers, telephones, heaters, air conditioners and intercom systems.

Many appliances have hand controls and turning them off with a hand control puts them on standby. In some homes 10% of all the electricity used is by appliances on standby. Bring this in where appropriate.

Computer screens have a screen saving mode which does not reduce the electricity used. It’s only when the screen goes into sleep mode that less electricity is consumed.

For each item discuss the following questions:
1.    How

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Student Worksheet

My class rules


For each item discuss the following questions:
1.    How is the appliance turned on and off? (Is the appliance off or on standby – do you need to be aware if it goes on standby and should actually turn it off)
2.    Are there any safety concerns about turning them on and off (eg you should not crawl under tables to turn computers off at the wall)?
3.    What might happen if the appliance is turned off when it needs to be on (lights no problem, Computer loose work, telephone, intercom must always be on)?
4.    Who is allowed to turn the appliance off and on?
5.    When should the appliance be turned off? Is there anything that must be checked before it is turned off?

Appliance Who can turn it off and on? Rule
 Air conditioner   
 Power points  
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