Clean Up Australia - Leaky Tap Experiment

Clean Up Australia - Leaky Tap Experiment

Lesson 9 of 12 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • 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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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions:

Year 7 Mathematics:

  • Identify and investigate issues involving numerical data collected from primary and secondary sources (ACMSP169)

Year 7 Science:

  • Water is an important resource that cycles through the environment (ACSSU222)
  • Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management (ACSHE121)
  • Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS124)
  • Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS125)
  • In fair tests, measure and control variables, and select equipment to collect data with accuracy appropriate to the task (ACSIS126)
  • Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS130)
  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS133)

Year 8 Mathematics:

  • Investigate techniques for collecting data, including census, sampling and observation (ACMSP284)
  • Solve a range of problems involving rates and ratios, with and without digital technologies (ACMNA188)

Year 8 Science:

  • Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (ACSIS139)
  • Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS140)
  • In fair tests, measure and control variables, and select equipment to collect data with accuracy appropriate to the task (ACSIS141)
  • Construct and use a range of representations, including graphs, keys and models to represent and analyse patterns or relationships, including using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS144)
  • Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS145)
  • Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems using scientific language and representations using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS148) 

Syllabus OutcomesSC4-13ES, SC4-4WS, SC4-5WS, SC4-6WS, SC4-7WS, SC4-9WS, SC4-12ES

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

  • Communication
  • Community engagement

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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