Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students explore the costs of Everyday and Occasional Foods. They learn about the differences between the two groups, and then carry out research to discover the different prices that might be attached to foods from those groups. 

Students then use their research in a maths exercise, to practise re-assigning spending from Occasional Foods to Everyday Foods. They look for ways to fit different foods into their allotted budgets. This exercise helps students think about how they could make healthy choices with the money they have. 

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand the differences between healthy foods and foods only to be eaten sometimes
  • Students are able to price foods and compare prices between different kinds of foods
  • Students understand the health benefits of eating from the five recommended food groups.

21st century skills: 

CommunicatingCreative ThinkingCritical ThinkingProblem SolvingTeam Work

 

 

 

 

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 5 HASS

  • Organise and represent data in a range of formats including tables, graphs and large- and small-scale maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI096)

Year 6 HASS

  • Organise and represent data in a range of formats including tables, graphs and large- and small-scale maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI124)

Year 5 & 6 HPE

  • Investigate community resources and ways to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS053)
  • Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS054)

Year 5 Mathematics

  • Describe, continue and create patterns with fractions, decimals and whole numbers resulting from addition and subtraction (ACMNA107)
  • Identify and describe factors and multiples of whole numbers and use them to solve problems (ACMNA098)
  • Use estimation and rounding to check the reasonableness of answers to calculations (ACMNA099)

Year 6 Mathematics

  • Select and apply efficient mental and written strategies and appropriate digital technologies to solve problems involving all four operations with whole numbers (ACMNA123)
  • Add and subtract decimals, with and without digital technologies, and use estimation and rounding to check the reasonableness of answers (ACMNA128)

Syllabus outcomes: MA3-1WM, MA3-2WM, MA3-3WM, MA3-4NA, MA3-5NA, MA3-6NA, MA3-7NA, MA3-8NA, GE3-4, DMS3.2, PSS3.5, PSS3.12, SLS3.13.

General capabilities: Numeracy.

Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 achievement standards: 

Year 5 HASS: Students work with others to generate alternative responses to an issue or challenge and reflect on their learning to independently propose action, describing the possible effects of their proposed action. They present their ideas, findings and conclusions in a range of communication forms using discipline-specific terms and appropriate conventions.

Year 6 HASS: Students collaboratively generate alternative responses to an issue, use criteria to make decisions and identify the advantages and disadvantages of preferring one decision over others. They reflect on their learning to propose action in response to an issue or challenge and describe the probable effects of their proposal.

Year 5 and Year 6 HPE: Students access and interpret health information and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing.

Topic: Consumption.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work SugarByHalf – HASS – Years 5-6. 

Time required: 80 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and activities.

Resources required:

Keywords: Product, price, analysis, choice, sugar content, healthy, unhealthy, sugar, SugarByHalf.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students understand... 

  • ... the differences between healthy foods and foods only to be eaten sometimes
  • ... how to compare prices between different kinds of foods
  • ... the health benefits of eating from the five recommended food groups.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … identify healthy foods and foods only to be eaten sometimes
  • … compare prices and calculate total price
  • … choose menu options based on the five food groups.

Teacher content information: SugarByHalf (https://www.sugarbyhalf.com/) promotes action to reduce sugar-related diseases so that Australians live better, stronger and healthier lives.

Their message is simple: to reduce added sugar consumption by half. Eating too much added sugar is a key driver of serious health problems including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, dementia and mental health conditions. A poor diet also puts children behind their peers, impacting their brain developme

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