Quick summary: Students take a walk around their school looking for evidence of electricity in their school and surrounds. Students will look for power lines, transformers, a substation and buildings that consume electricity, and will record their observations using a camera. Students will then create a map of local electricity using these images.
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- Students understand some of the ways that we use electricity and why we need it.
- Students recognise some of the different types of infrastructure required to supply our houses and schools with electricity.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.
Australian Curriculum content description:
- Pose questions about past and present objects, people, places and events (ACHASSI001)
- Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources provided (ACHASSI002)
- Sort and record information and data, including location, in tables and on plans and labelled maps (ACHASSI003)
Year 1 Geography
- Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources provided(ACHASSI019)
- Sort and record information and data, including location, in tables and on plans and labelled maps (ACHASSI020)
Year 2 Geography
- Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources provided (ACHASSI035)
- Sort and record information and data, including location, in tables and on plans and labelled maps (ACHASSI036)
Foundation and Years 1 & 2 Design and Technology
- Visualise, generate, develop and communicate design ideas through describing, drawing and modelling (ACTDEP006)
Time required: 60 mins+
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate discussion, lead students on walk, oversee creation of map/model.
Resources required: Student Worksheet, Camera (optional), materials for making 3D model or map (large piece of cardboard as base, modelling clay, sticks and string, pens etc).
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: Electricity, energy, school, power station, transformer, substation, power line.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.