Quick summary: Students are introduced to potential solutions to our energy issues. Working in groups they evaluate a range of renewable energy technologies and formulate an independent opinion about whether this type of energy is viable.
- How does energy from non-renewable resources impact our environment?
- What are some of the different types of renewable energy technologies?
- What are the benefits of renewable energy for our environment?
21st century skills:
Year 5 Science
- Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE083)
- Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS093)
Year 6 Science
- Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources (ACSSU097)
- Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE100)
- Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS110)
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.
Relevant parts of Year 5 Science achievement standards: Students discuss how scientific developments help us solve problems. They communicate their ideas and findings using multimodal texts.
Relevant parts of Year 6 Science achievement standards: Students describe how energy can be transformed from one form to another when generating electricity, and explain how scientific knowledge helps us to solve problems. Students construct multimodal texts to communicate ideas, methods and findings.
Time required: 45+ mins – this lesson may be extended over several sessions.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead the class in presentations and discussion around renewable energy.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Art and writing materials.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Energy, solutions, conservation, evaluation.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.