This is a 10 lesson unit that is designed to cover the Australian National Curriculum for Year 6
Through hands-on experiments and investigations, over the course of this unit, students will develop an understanding of how electrical energy flows through a circuit and transforms into different forms of energy along the way.
Students also consider the environmental effects associated with electricity generation, and they understand how their choices can lead to more sustainable outcomes.
There is an activity and worksheet for each lesson, required classroom materials and an assessment task available as part of this unit.
In this unit, students:
In this lesson, students begin the unit by discovering how an electrical charge travels through a circuit and how it can change along the way. They learn that a circuit must be a complete path for the energy to travel through it, and how we can draw those circuits using electrical symbols.
In this lesson, students explore how different electrical components work in a circuit by changing electrical energy into another form.
In this lesson, students investigate series and parallel circuits, and how they're both useful for solving different problems
In this lesson, students investigate how a material can either allow electrical energy to pass through it, a conductor, or keep electrical energy from moving through it, an insulator.
In this lesson, students investigate the relatively simple devices that are used to produce the energy we use every day. They also learn that although they all produce power in the same way, they’re not all equal when it comes to what other things they produce, as some methods of generating power create a lot of pollution or other byproducts.
In this lesson, students explore the importance of making better choices with how we use and produce electricity. They complete maths problems on the financial and environmental costs of not using power wisely, and discussthe importance of choosing more sustainable forms of power generation