Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students will assess which type of renewable energy would be best for their school by recording the weather over a set period of time. Students will decide whether solar power, wind power or hydro power would be most suitable for their school based on the total number of windy, rainy or sunny days.

Activity developed in partnership with   tasmania_hydro_200x84_300pxl

Hydro Tasmania has been at the forefront of clean energy innovation for one hundred years. It is Australia’s largest producer of clean energy – generating hydro and wind power – and the largest water manager. Hydro Tasmania has 55 major dams, operates 30 hydropower stations and has built some of Australia’s largest wind farms.

Hydro Tasmania also sells energy in the National Electricity Market through its retail business Momentum Energy, and sells its expertise internationally through its consulting business Entura. Visit the Hydro Tasmania website to learn how the business is working towards Australia’s clean energy future.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise different types of renewable energy.
  • Students understand how to monitor and record daily weather information.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.8.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Foundation Science

  • Daily and seasonal changes in our environment, including the weather, affect everyday life (ACSSU004)

Foundation Mathematics

  • Represent practical situations to model addition and sharing (ACMNA004)

Year 1 Science

  • Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape (ACSSU019)
  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS024)

Year 2 Science

  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)
  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS037)

Year 1 Mathematics

  • Represent and solve simple addition and subtraction problems using a range of strategies including counting on, partitioning and rearranging parts (ACMNA015)

Year 2 Mathematics

  • Solve simple addition and subtraction problems using a range of efficient mental and written strategies (ACMNA030)
  • Use a calendar to identify the date and determine the number of days in each month (ACMMG041)

Foundation and Years 1 & 2 Music

  • Sing and play instruments to improvise, practise a repertoire of chants, songs and rhymes, including songs used by cultural groups in the community (ACAMUM081)
  • Create compositions and perform music to communicate ideas to an audience (ACAMUM082)

Syllabus outcomesST1-9ES, ST1-4WS, STe-7NE, ST1-8ESMAe‑1WM, MAe‑2WM, MAe‑3WM, MAe‑5NA, MA1‑1WM, MA1‑2WM, MA1‑3WM, MA1‑5NA, MA1-13MG.

Topic: Hydro Tasmania, Energy.

Time required: 10 minutes introductory discussion, 5 minutes daily over length of time set by teacher, one session for closing discussion.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – oversee daily monitoring and recording of weather, facilitate discussion and closing activity.

Resources required: Student Worksheet, musical instruments, recording device (such as a tablet or phone).

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: Energy, wind power, solar power, hydro power, weather.

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

Overarching learning goal: By participating in this activity, students will recognise different types of renewable energy and they will understand how to monitor and record daily weather information.

Teacher background information: Energy is the lifeblood of our modern life. It gives us light and keeps our food fresh. It powers our industry, fuels our cars, and charges our iPhones. Our energy is produced by burning fossil fuels and this has a range of environmental, social and economic impacts. One of the most significant is the emission of greenhouse gases. A solution is the transition to clean energy sources. The brilliant thing is that we have huge amounts of free, renewable and clean supplies of natural energies. These include sunlight, wind, running water, oceans and underground hot rocks.

According to the Clean Energy Australia Report 2013:

  • 14.76% of Australia's electricity came from renewable sources in 2013; enough to power the equivalent of almost 5
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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What's your favourite type of weather?

Daily weather observations

In the space below, design a table that allows you to record the following information:

  • Date/Day of the week
  • Main type of weather (sunny, windy or rainy)
  • Total number of sunny, windy and rainy days









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