Benefits Of Solar Panels

Intended Learning Outcomes

The students will be able to:

  • research the facts about solar energy and the alternatives
  • collate and analyse the school data which represents the fraction of the school's power generated from the solar panels
  • write a persuasive argument in support of solar panels.

Teaching Rationales

Students will be enouraged to question around the photovoltaic (PV) data collected as a result of having solar panels installed at their school.

Learning Areas, Strands, Achievement Objectives

3 - 4 Science

Nature of Science
Investigating in science

  • Students will build on prior experiences, working together to share and examine their own and others' knowledge.
  • Students will ask questions, find evidence, explore simple models, and carry out appropriate investigations to develop simple explanations.

Communicating in science

  • Students will engage with a range of science texts and begin to question the purposes for which these texts are constructed.

Participating and contributing

  • Students will use their growing science knowledge when considering issues of concern to them.
  • Students will explore various aspects of an issue and make decisions about possible actions.
4 English

Listening, Reading, and Viewing and Speaking, Writing, and Presenting
Processes and strategies

  • Students will integrate sources of information, processes, and strategies confidently to identify, form, and express ideas.

Purposes and audiences

  • Students will show and increasing understanding of how texts are shaped for different purposes and audiences.

Language features

  • Students will use a range of language features appropriately, showing an increasing understanding of their effects.

Structure

  • Students will organise texts, using a range of appropriate structures.

Activity-specific Achievement Objectives

3 - 4 Science

Nature of Science
Investigating in science

  • Students will work together to collate and analyse data from the school's solar panels.

Communicating in science

  • Students will engage with a range of science texts and begin to question the purposes for which these texts are constructed when they research the facts about solar energy and the alternatives.

Participating and contributing

  • Students will research the facts about solar energy and its alternatives and write a persuasive argument in support of solar energy.
4 English

Listening, Reading, and Viewing and Speaking, Writing, and Presenting
Processes and strategies

  • Students will integrate sources of information, processes, and strategies confidently to identify, form, and express ideas about converting solar energy into heat.

Purposes and audiences

  • Students will show and increasing understanding of how texts are shaped for different purposes and audiences when they write a persuasive argument in support of solar panels.

Language features

  • Students will use a range of vocabulary, including correct scientific terms, when they write a persuasive argument in support of solar panels.

Structure

  • Students will use an appropriate text structure when they when they write a persuasive argument in support of solar panels.