Quick summary: This lesson provides follow-up activities to guide students in making meaningful evaluations of their garage sale event. Further, it encourages them to consider and weigh up the benefits that the initiative offers to individuals, communities and the environment. Students will be inspired to apply their personal and collective experience to evaluate the results of their Garage Sale Trail event. By examining the graphic organisers and model charts presented here, students will be able to create an informative visual text to communicate their own results. They will also discuss the flow-on effects of reselling certain categories of items in terms of actual economic benefits and environmental costs saved.
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This lesson is the final in a series of four 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 nationally
- Students identify the personal, social, economic and environmental impacts of reselling resources.
- Students evaluate the success of a community event that they planned and implemented.
- Students engage with written and graphically represented data.
- Students present statistical data using graphic organisers.
Â Duration of activity:Â one 50-60 minute lesson
Resources required: 2012 Garage Sale Trailâ€™s Schools How To Guide, PDF:Â 2012 Garage Sale Trail.Â
Extension activity:Â Teachers should use their discretion to extend capable students by allocating to them more complex tasks. Please read theÂ Teacher WorksheetÂ for further activities and details. Â
Provisions for learning support:Â Team students needing extra support with a friend to smooth the process of working through the activities. Assign additional time for the completion of written tasks or accept oral responses in the place of written answers for selected activities.
Key words:Â Garage Sale Trail, consumption, waste, recycling, economics, community engagement, life cycle analysis.
Australian Curriculum Content Descriptions
Year 5 Mathematics
- Construct displays, including column graphs, dot plots and tables, appropriate for data type, with and without the use of digital technologies (ACMSP119)
- Describe and interpret different data sets in context (ACMSP120)Â
Year 6 Mathematics
- Interpret and compare a range of data displays, including side-by-side column graphs for two categorical variables (ACMSP147)
Â Year 5 Economics and Business Skills
- Sort data and information into categories (ACHES005)
Â Year 6 Economics and Business Skills
- Sort data and information into categories (ACHES013) Â
Syllabus Outcomes:Â MA3-18SP,Â MA3â€‘1WM,Â MA3â€‘3WM.Â
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