Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students confirm the rules that apply in their home about switching on and off appliances.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • Rules are needed to save energy at home, while keeping students safe and making sure other people in the home are not disrupted or inconvenienced.


Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions

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 in classroom and 10 min at home

Learning areas addressed: English, Health, Science, Geography, ICT, Civic and Citizenship.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead the students in problem solving about home rules balancing energy savings, safety and an optimal living environment. Assist students with understanding that each home is going to have its own rules.

Resources required: Smartboard or digital projector if available, print out of activity sheets, pencils or tablet.

Homework: Complete activity sheet with parent or guardian

Keywords: Energy, electricity, rules, safety.

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 will have rules at home about what they may and may not operate. This activity will help the family participate in the students’ energy conservation learning. It will help the student to apply what they have learnt at school safely and without upsetting their family.


Provide students with the Student Worksheet 'My home rules'.

Explain that this is important homework that needs to be done with a parent or guardian. Parents are allowed to write the rules.

Discuss how in families it can be more complicated than at school using home computers as an example:

•    Would a child be allowed to turn on or off a parent’s laptop computer that belongs to their parent's work?
•    Would it cause trouble if a kid turned off a computer while it was half way through a game that a brother or sister was playing who had been called away?

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Student Worksheet

My home rules


Dear parent or guardian,

The class has been learning about energy. They have been investigating ways to reduce the use of energy in the classroom. We now have a set of classroom rules that will help us use less electricity.

When we made our rules we made sure the students would always be safe so some of our rules don’t allow students to connect appliances to power points on the wall.

We would like you to go through the activity sheet and work out the rules in your home about when appliances are left on and when they need to be turned off.  Please feel free to write the rules in the boxes.

Students may have been told that 10% of the electricity in some homes is used by equipment on standby and not fully turned off. One of the main purposes of this activity is to make sure that your enthusiastic child does not come home doing anything that may not be safe or upset the activities of the family.  





My home rules




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