Activity Introduction

bbrw-hand-photoframe-newQuick summary: Students develop their own set of questions to interrogate the statement “Wealth can only be measured in dollars”. They work in small groups to think of their own questions, including open-ended and closed-ended questions, and Googleable and Un-Googleable questions. Students choose three questions about this topic they wish to find the answers to and plan an investigation to find the answers.

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 build their higher order thinking skills.
  • Students build thinking and questioning skills.
  • Students practice their research skills.
  • Students build their understanding of wealth.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.8.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 5 Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI094)

Year 5 English

  • 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

  • Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI122)

Year 6 English

  • 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: EN3-1AHT3-5

Topic: Consumption

Unit of lessons: Real Wealth Year 5 & 6

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – lead students in activity.

Resources required: Butcher’s paper, pens. Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Real Wealth Cheat Sheet, Glossary Years 5 & 6.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework or extension.

Keywords: wealth, open and closed-ended questions, Googleable and Un-Googleable questions. 

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


Teacher Worksheet

bbrw-credit-card-1-photoframe-newTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: By participating in this lesson students will build their higher order thinking and questioning skills. In addition, they will practice their research skills and build their understanding of wealth.

Teacher content information: What is wealth? The definition you choose to apply to wealth will depend on what you value as important. There are many who think that wealth solely relates to how much stuff they have and how much money they have in the bank. But there are also many who believe that 'real wealth' comes from living in a friendly community, from having family and close friends, and from being happy, healthy and content. This does not mean that money and economic wealth is not important, but that it is part of the overall picture rather than the whole thing. Thinking of wealth as a shared concept that values economic, environmental, social and cultural issues allows communities to support a more sustainable way of life. Businesses a

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Student Worksheet

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