Activity Introduction

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

Content descriptions:

 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, ST2-6PWMA2-18SP, MA2‑1WM, MA2‑2WM, MA2‑3WM.

Topic: Energy

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.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Energy audit – a day in the life of our classroom

Make a master table or use the sample table in the student worksheet with all the equipment that uses electricity or gas in the classroom. This table will be used to collate all the information after the data has been collected.

During a normal day record how long each item is:
1.    Turned on and being used
2.   Turned on and not being used
3.   Turned off
4.    On standby

For each individual piece of equipment, make a table that will help to calculate a cumulative total time each item is being used. Divide the task of collecting data between all the students.

When making the table for each item, decide if data will be collected every 15 or 30 minutes.  

Once all the data has been collected, complete the calculation so they can be placed into the master table. The teacher will have to calculate averages when there are multiple items of equipment such as computers. The teacher may wish to demonstrate and ge

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Student Worksheet

Sample master table for Classroom Energy Audit



Number Time on
& in use
Time on,
not used
Time on
Time off
Low energy lights
Stereo and sound
Desktop screen
Cordless phone
Ceiling fan
DVD player
Electric kettle
Electronic white
Digital projector

Sample table to calculate energy use by equipment

Equipment item:



Time on
& in use
Time on,
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