Could the world run out of electricity?
In just a few generations, our world has become electrified. With electric cars on every street and computers in every home, electricity is in high demand but not all sources of energy are the same.
A short 4 minute video explaining the topic for students.
Digital interactive activities can be used in your classroom in conjunction with the video, or independently.
This interactive Q&A is designed to quiz students on what they have learned after watching the video.
This is a digital version of the multiple choice PDF worksheet below.
Worksheets and Classroom Activities
These PDF worksheets can be used in your classroom either in conjunction with the video or independently.
This Q&A worksheet is designed to quiz students on what they have learned after watching the video.
This is a PDF version of the digital interactive found above.
Making a mini turbine
This worksheet has all the instructions on how to run an independent, practical classroom activity to teach students the basics of how wind turns a turbine blade.
Teacher notes & worksheet answers
By using the resources available for this topic, your students have the opportunity to learn:
- When we started using electricity to light our streets
- An introduction to how energy is generated from nuclear, wind, water, and the sun
- The difference between non-renewable and renewable energy sources
- Some of the downsides of non-renewable energy such as global warming
Upper Primary topics are perfect for Australian grade 5 and 6 students and are aligned to Australian curriculums.
Australian Curriculum Science, year 6
Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources (ACSSU097). View link
Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE100). View link
Cross curricular priorities: Sustainability
General capabilities: Numeracy, Literacy, Ethical understanding
NSW Curriculum Science, stage 3 (years 5 and 6)
Explains how energy is transformed from one form to another (ST3-8PW-ST).
Investigates the effects of increasing or decreasing the strength of a specific contact or non-contact force (ST3-9PW-ST).
General capabilities: Numeracy, Literacy.
Victorian Curriculum Science, levels 5 and 6
Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (VCSSU080). View link
Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy (VCSSU081). View link
Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073). View link