Quick summary: Students investigate the true cost of smartphones. They begin by watching The Lorax and answering questions relating to the story of The Lorax and the cost of consumption. They then work in groups to look at either the environmental, social or economic costs or benefits of smartphones and present their research to the class.
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.
We’ve taken elements of this lesson and adapted them for remote learning. You can find this activity here.
- Students understand that smartphones have a cost greater than the economic cost to the individual.
- Students understand that the stuff we own can have environmental, social and economic costs.
- Students recognise the connection between the story of The Lorax and human consumption.
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.6, 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)
Year 5 English
- Navigate and read texts for specific purposes applying appropriate text processing strategies, for example predicting and confirming, monitoring meaning, skimming and scanning (ACELY1702)
- Use comprehension strategies to analyse information, integrating and linking ideas from a variety of print and digital sources (ACELY1703)
Year 6 Humanities and Social Sciences
- The effect that consumer and financial decisions can have on the individual, the broader community and the environment (ACHASSK150)
Year 6 English
- Select, navigate and read texts for a range of purposes, applying appropriate text processing strategies and interpreting structural features, for example table of contents, glossary, chapters, headings and subheadings (ACELY1712)
- Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts (ACELY1713)
Syllabus Outcomes: EN3-3A.
Unit of lessons: Real Wealth Year 5 & 6
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee discussion and group activities.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework or extension.
Keywords: Lorax, consumption, smartphone, environment, social, economic, costs.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.