Quick summary: In this pair of lessons, teachers can guide students in preparing and launching their Garage Sale. The activities presented here provide practical steps students can take to get involved in this year’s Garage Sale Trail event. Both the planning and operating stages of the project are covered in this resource. By following this sequential scaffold, students can plan and host their event with confidence.
This resource assumes that students will team up with others living in their locality to host Garage Sales in groups, at private premises. Teachers may elect to organise students into groups based on where they live. One class may host a number of separate Garage Sales across multiple locations. Group work should involve equitable sharing of the workload wherever possible.
Following this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to take part in the Garage Sale Trail. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change. Don’t forget to register!
This lesson is the second in a series that are designed to:
- inform students about the environmental problems of wastage and over-consumption
- inspire and equip students to host their own Garage Sale
- communicate the results of their efforts to various audiences and evaluate the impact of the initiative locally and nationally
- Students follow generic written guidelines, modifying them into specific procedures to suit their individual circumstances.
- Students estimate the value and usefulness of some of their personal possessions.
- Students view reselling items in a Garage Sale as a proactive response to wasteful consumerism.
- Students engage with a social and environmental issue through active participation.
Duration of activity: This is the first of two 50-60 minute lessons which focus on the second learning objective. Additional time outside of school hours will be needed for students to implement their planning and complete the Garage Sale project.
Resources required: Student Worksheet
Extension activity: Teachers should use their discretion to extend capable students by allocating to them more complex tasks or greater responsibilities in certain areas.
Provisions for learning support: Teachers might consider assigning extra time for the completion of some tasks in this lesson sequence.
Key words: Garage Sale Trail, consumption, economics, community engagement, life cycle analyses.
Australian Curriculum Content Descriptions
Year 7 Economics and Business Skills:
- Apply economics and business knowledge, skills and concepts in familiar and new situations (ACHES025)
Year 7 Science
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
Year 8 Science
- Energy appears in different forms including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and causes change within systems (ACSSU155)
- Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135)
Year 8 Economics and Business Skills:
- Apply economics and business knowledge, skills and concepts in familiar and new situations (ACHES036)
Syllabus outcomes: SC4-11PW, SC4-12ES, SC4-10PW.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.