Quick summary: Students observe and collect data explain how energy is consumed in their classroom. They explore how the classroom temperature is affected by appliances and the weather outside. Students look at what options they have for controlling the classroom temperature.
Key lessons and understandings of activity:
- There are multiple types of renewable energy that we could use instead of coal.
Australian National Curriculum Mapping
Year 3 Mathematics
- Collect data, organise into categories and create displays using lists, tables, picture graphs and simple column graphs, with and without the use of digital technologies (ACMSP069)
Year 3 Science
- Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another (ACSSU049)
- Use a range of methods including tables and simple column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends (ACSIS057)
Year 4 Mathematics
- Construct suitable data displays, with and without the use of digital technologies, from given or collected data. Include tables, column graphs and picture graphs where one picture can represent many data values (ACMSP096)
Year 4 Science
- Use a range of methods including tables and simple column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends (ACSIS068)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST2-4WS, ST2-6PW, MA2-18SP, MA2‑1WM, MA2‑2WM, MA2‑3WM.
Year levels: 3 and 4
Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor
Time required: 45 mins
Learning areas addressed: Geography, Science, Mathematics.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Assist with observations, data collecting and bringing their information together for analyses.
Resources required: Writing materials, thermometers or temperature probes.
Keywords: Energy, electrical appliances, weather, data collection.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.