Clean Up Australia - It's Just A Drop Experiment

Clean Up Australia - It's Just A Drop Experiment

Lesson 10 of 13 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • Water
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will learn about water wastage and understand the importance of saving water. They will undertake a measuring task to see how much water leaks from a tap. Students will look at how water is wasted around the school and home and what actions they can undertake to conserve more water.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • investigate the water wastage at their school
  • analyse and evaluate primary data
  • begin to take responsibility for their personal water use.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • participate in an experiment to test the water wastage at school
  • draw conclusions and make recommendations based on results.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content description:

Year 5 Science:

  • With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be (ACSIS231)
  • Decide which variable should be changed and measured in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data, using digital technologies as appropriate(ACSIS087)
  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS218)
  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS093)

Year 5 Mathematics:

  • Pose questions and collect categorical or numerical data by observation or survey (ACMSP118)

Year 6 Science:

  • With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be (ACSIS232)
  • Decide which variable should be changed and measured in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data, using digital technologies as appropriate(ACSIS104)
  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS221)
  • Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS110)

Year 6 Mathematics:

  • Interpret and compare a range of data displays, including side-by-side column graphs for two categorical variables (ACMSP147)

Syllabus outcomesST3-4WSMA3-18SP, MA3‑1WM, MA3‑3WM

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.8.

Time required: 60 mins.

Resources required

  • Buckets
  • Measuring cylinder
  • Timers

Skills

This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • communication
  • community engagement
  • critical thinking

Additional Info

Following this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to take part in Schools Clean Up Day or a Clean Up on any day of the year. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change.

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