Quick summary: In this activity students undertake an audit of transport at their school. Students look at student and staff transport use, specifically types of transport used and distances travelled. Students will also look at the relationship between petrol consumption and greenhouse gas emissions produced, and will understand that school-owned vehicles also contribute to the energy used and emissions produced by their school. Finally, students design and execute a communication plan for sharing their data with the rest of the school.
This lesson can be used when working on the Energy Module of ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic Certification.
Australian Curriculum Links:
Cross curriculum priorities
Sustainability – OI.3 – Sustainable patterns of living rely on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological systems.
Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking
Explicit content description
Year 5 Geography
Year 6 Geography
Syllabus Outcomes: GE3-4.
Connecting lessons: Energy audit – must be completed as a compulsory action.
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, access to information about school-owned vehicle petrol consumption.
Digital technology opportunities: Google Maps, digital sharing capabilities, digital presentation or infographic creation.
Keywords: Transport, travel, school, students, staff, distance, vehicle type, emissions.