Activity Introduction

bbrw-smartphone-photoframe-newQuick summary: Students create an advertisement for a sustainable smartphone. Students work in groups to investigate their understanding of sustainability and sustainable smartphones, and then create an advertisement either in the form of a poster, animation, podcast or video. The advertisements are then presented to the class for assessment.

BB logo coolest partnerBendigo Bank is passionate about connecting with and enriching communities across Australia. Cool Australia and Bendigo Bank share the common goal of bringing communities together through educational programs that help to build sustainable communities for the future. This lesson supports students to inquire into the big idea of ‘real wealth’. Students develop an understanding of shared values, and build their sustainable and ethical financial knowledge, equipping them with the skills to make sound financial decisions based on social, environmental and economical merit.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand the costs and benefits of sustainable smartphones compared to standard smartphones.
  • Students recognise techniques used by advertisers to sell products to consumers.
  • Students think about key messages involved in selling sustainable products.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 5 Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Types of resources (natural, human, capital) and the ways societies use them to satisfy the needs and wants of present and future generations (ACHASSK120)
  • Influences on consumer choices and methods that can be used to help make informed personal consumer and financial choices (ACHASSK121)
  • Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI094)
  • Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions (ACHASSI105)

Year 5 English

  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations for defined audiences and purposes incorporating accurate and sequenced content and multimodal elements (ACELY1700)
  • Use comprehension strategies to analyse information, integrating and linking ideas from a variety of print and digital sources (ACELY1703)
  • Use a range of software including word processing programs with fluency to construct, edit and publish written text, and select, edit and place visual, print and audio elements (ACELY1707)

Year 6 Humanities and Social Sciences

  • How the concept of opportunity cost involves choices about the alternative use of resources and the need to consider trade-offs (ACHASSK149)
  • The effect that consumer and financial decisions can have on the individual, the broader community and the environment (ACHASSK150)
  • The reasons businesses exist and the different ways they provide goods and services (ACHASSK151)
  • Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI122)
  • Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions (ACHASSI133)

Year 6 English

  • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes, making appropriate choices for modality and emphasis (ACELY1710)
  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts (ACELY1713)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, learning new functions as required to create texts (ACELY1717)

Syllabus Outcomes: EN3-1A, EN3-2A, EN3-3AHT3-5.

Topic: Consumption

Unit of lessons: Bendigo Bank Real Wealth

Time required: 60+ mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee lesson and assist students with creating advertisement.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Butcher’s paper, pens. Advertising Assessment Rubric, Advertising Tips, Film Making Tips, Animation Tips, Real Wealth Cheat Sheet, Glossary – Years 5 & 6. Extension: Lifecycle of a Sustainable Smartphone.

Digital technology opportunities: Infographic creation OR animation creation OR podcast creation OR video creation. Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: sustainability, smartphone, lifecycle assessment, advertisement, Bendigo Bank. 

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

bbrw-windfarm-photoframe-newTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: By participating in this lesson students will understand the costs and benefits of sustainable smartphones compared to standard smartphones, and will recognise techniques used by advertisers to sell products to consumers.

Teacher content information: Sustainability is a big word and a big idea. People started talking about sustainability when they started to realise that the way humans were living was harming the environment. While people in the past often lived very closely with the environment, it has only been very recently that humans have begun to understand how important the environment is to all life on Earth, including us humans.

We now understand that humans need the environment for almost everything: for fresh air, clean water, food, medicine, and for everything we wear, live in, own and do. And future generations will need it for exactly the same things. How we treat the environment isn’t just about us now; it’s also about th

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Where will your phone go once it dies?

Imagine that your group has been hired as an advertising team to promote a sustainable smartphone. Your job is to show the benefits of this sustainable smartphone over those of a standard smartphone. Your task is to explain the benefits of a sustainable smartphone by creating a poster, animation, podcast or video that will win over the masses!

Step 1. In order to clarify your understanding of the benefits of sustainable smartphones within your group, work together to complete the following sentences on a sheet of butcher’s paper. Write answers as they come and don’t edit anything as you write: there are no wrong answers or ideas in this process!

  1. Sustainability is …
  2. Standard smartphones are unsustainable because …
  3. Sustainable smartphones are better for our environment because …
  4. Sustainable smartphones are better for people because …
  5. Economic benefits of sustainable smartphones include …

Once you have answered all the qu

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