Energy is all around us and it is important for students to grasp the concept from a young age in order to become responsible in their choice for energy consumption. The unit in the science curriculum, ‘Energy in our Lives’ under the heading ‘Understanding Matter and Energy’, is the first step in teaching students about energy and how it is a means of survival for all living things. Using hands-on and realistic examples, the students will become involved in identifying energy in their environments and learn to conserve the energy around them for a variety of purposes, which ultimately will sustain the earth. The big ideas of this unit include:
Everything that happens is a result of using some form of energy.
The sun is the principal source of energy for the earth.
Humans need to be responsible for the way in which we use energy.
Through a variety of lessons, stories, and activities, the students will explore energy and where is comes from, as well as, learn about different ways we can conserve energy to make responsible choices for our earth. This unit will educate students about where energy comes from and its various forms. Students will explore inquiry based questions posed by the teacher and that they may have through exploration and research. Cross-curricular subjects, such as Language, the Arts and Religion will be incorporated into this unit. Students will be assessed in a variety of ways, taking into account the various levels and learning needs of the students.
Week 1 Introduction:
- What is energy? Where does it come from?
- Sun and solar energy
- Energy Chain, personal energy and basic needs
Week 2 Introduction and Beginning to Middle:
- Energy at home, impact on others, ways to conserve
- Black Paper and Sunlight experiment – Seasonal differences
- Recycling and Compost
Week 3 Middle and Beginning of Concluding Lessons:
- Electrical energy
- Sun affects on air, land, water
- Constructing devices with useable materials and resources
Week 4 Culminating Task and Celebration of Learning:
- Energy Class Posters (sources of energy and conservation)
- Dramatic skits
What is solar energy?
Different uses of energy at home (wasteful and efficicent)
Personal energy consumption and working towards conserving energy.
How would others be impacted if we had no electrical energy?
Seasonal changes of solar energy
Compost and recycling
Energy chain – plants and animal, humans