Activity Introduction

We use electricity every day at home, school and work. But have you ever thought about where electricity comes from and how it is made? This activity will allow you to start to think more about the world’s use of energy by asking you to research the definition of vocabulary linked with energy use.

A 2018 study by The University of Melbourne on the thoughts and concerns of young people from Generations X and Y found the number one concern across both groups was lack of action around climate change. In particular, “Generation X worries what climate change will mean for their own children, while Generation Y is concerned about the impact on future generations” (The Educator). The report indicates that young people have a serious mistrust in the Government’s ability or willingness to tackle climate change.

Tackling climate change requires large-scale, systemic changes across all aspects of society. Simply aiming to reduce our C02 emissions is not enough: we need to rapidly decarbonise our planet. While this might sound challenging, the good news is we already have the knowledge and tools to do it.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Middle to Upper Primary Ages 8 – 12

Themes:

  • investigate
  • think and connect

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: Science – Energy, Sustainability

 

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

2040 – Exploring Energy – Years 5 & 6

Resources Required

  • A computer for researching or a dictionary 
  • Pen and paper for recording (or type your answers)

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Energy Use In Our World - Activity Instructions

A 2018 study by The University of Melbourne on the thoughts and concerns of young people from Generations X and Y found the number one concern across both groups was lack of action around climate change. In particular, "Generation X worries what climate change will mean for their own children, while Generation Y is concerned about the impact on future generations" (The Educator). The report indicates that young people have a serious mistrust in the Government's ability or willingness to tackle climate change.

Tackling climate change requires large-scale, systemic changes across all aspects of society. Simply aiming to reduce our C02 emissions is not enough: we need to rapidly decarbonise our planet. While this might sound challenging, the good news is we already have the knowledge and tools to do it.

Step 1. Use a dictionary or an online dictionary such as: https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/ to find the definitions of the foll

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