Quick summary: Students build an understanding of how our demand for products can lead to environmental, social and economical issues. They investigate the life cycle of some common products and discover that they can make better selections when purchasing new items.
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Learning goals for this activity include:
- Students develop an understanding of the concept of sustainability.
- They recognise that they make choices that influence sustainability.
- Students discover that in order to work out if a produce is sustainable they need to investigate its entire life cycle (from extraction to disposal).
Duration of activity: Two 50-60 minute lessons.
Resources required: Student Worksheet and a range of everyday household items.
Extension activity: Teachers should use their discretion to extend capable students by allocating to them more complex tasks or greater responsibility in a certain area.
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 analysis, energy, sustainability, extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and disposal.
Australian Curriculum Content Descriptions:
Year 7 & 8 Design & Technologies
- Examine and prioritise competing factors including social, ethical and sustainability considerations in the development of technologies and designed solutions to meet community needs for preferred futures (ACTDEK029)
- Investigate the ways in which products, services and environments evolve locally, regionally and globally through the creativity, innovation and enterprise of individuals and groups (ACTDEK030)
Year 7 & 8 Digital Technologies
- Create and communicate interactive ideas and information collaboratively online, taking into account social contexts (ACTDIP032)
- Plan and manage projects, including tasks, time and other resources required, considering safety and sustainability (ACTDIP033)
Year 7 English
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723)
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)
- Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to confidently create, edit and publish written and multimodal texts (ACELY1728)
Year 8 English
- Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content, including multimodal elements, to reflect a diversity of viewpoints (ACELY1731)
- Apply increasing knowledge of vocabulary, text structures and language features to understand the content of texts (ACELY1733)
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret and evaluate texts by reflecting on the validity of content and the credibility of sources, including finding evidence in the text for the author’s point of view (ACELY1734)
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
- Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to create, edit and publish texts imaginatively (ACELY1738)
General capabilities: Ethical understanding, Critical and creative thinking
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.