Activity Introduction

1Quick summary: This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content by watching a video in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work.

GST_Logo_CMYK_High Res_STAMPFollowing 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! 

 

 

 

Learning goals:

  • Students are asked to think about whether having less stuff is better for the environment and for themselves.
  • Students build their thinking and questioning skills.

Time needed: 50-60 minutes.

Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, Student Worksheet.

Key words:  Garage Sale Trail, waste, consumption, stuff, happiness, environment. 

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 7 Science

  • Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
  • 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 (ACSHE120)

Year 8 Science

  • 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 9 Science

  • People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE160)

Year 10 Science

  • People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE194)

Year 10 Geography

  • The human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)

Syllabus OutcomesGE5-2, GE5-3SC4-11PW, SC5-13ES, SC4-12ES

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding. 

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

GST21-heroTeacher Preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students take responsibility for their own learning by watching a video on having less stuff and completing a thinking routine.

Teacher content information:

The Garage Sale Trail  is a national day of simultaneous garage sales that’s about making sustainability fun and creative! By organising communities around Australia to hold garage sales on the same day, the event aims to enable new neighbourly connections, provide a platform for fundraising, inspire creativity,  stimulating local economies, promote the reuse of materials and keep stuff out of landfill.  

The  Garage Sale Trail   is a not-for-profit organisation that works with local and state governments, schools and community groups to inspire social and environmental change.  Absolutely everyone can get involved - buyers, sellers, makers and creators.  People can register a solo sale or form a group sale in their area.  Last year’s event involved over 100 Councils Australia-wi

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Student Worksheet

GST20-heroThought Starter: How long does the shopping 'high' last for you?

Before the video:

Imagine yourself finally getting a material object you have been wanting for a long time, such as a new phone, shoes, mp3 player, book or clothes. How does finally owning this object make you feel? Describe this feeling here:

 

Watch the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS4BriU-lkU) and then fill in the tables below:

 

After the video:

How does this video make you feel about your stuff?

What three things could you do without and why?

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What three things couldn't you do without and why?

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Does less equal more?

 

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