Teacher guide Activity: energy then and now

TLF ID M014392

This is a web resource about changes in energy use over time that provides a student activity and a detailed teacher guide. The activity requires the student to record the types and numbers of electrical appliances used at home, interview an older person about appliances they used when growing up and any alternatives used, and produce a bar graph comparing the data for five appliances. A student worksheet provides activity instructions, a table listing appliances for recording results and a list of questions to assist the student to draw conclusions. The teacher guide suggests the activity be initiated with a class brainstorm to generate a list of electrical appliances.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource that supports the Community and remembrance unit in the Historical Knowledge and Understanding strand of the history curriculum for year 3, particularly for the content description that refers to an example of change over time in the local community. It would also support the Statistics and Probability strand of the year 3 mathematics curriculum and may also be useful for the Literacy strand of year 3 English.
  • This resource supports the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority. It encourages students to compare the use of electrical appliances in the past with current use and to consider how our lifestyle impacts on the environment. It also supports the Numeracy, Literacy, and Critical and creative thinking general capabilities.
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  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Cool Australia
  • Organization: Cool Australia
  • URL: http://coolaustralia.org/
  • Publisher
  • Name: Cool Australia
  • Organization: Cool Australia
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: http://coolaustralia.org/
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • Text
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