Humanities and social sciences / Year 7 / Inquiry and skills / Evaluating and reflecting

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Curriculum content descriptions

Develop and use criteria to make informed decisions and judgements (ACHASSI161)

Elaborations
  • outlining the significance of a past event and providing reasons for its significance based on relevant evidence
  • applying social, economic and/or environmental criteria when making decisions about alternative responses to an issue or challenge (for example, applying these criteria to alternative responses to sustainable living in high and low socioeconomic regions or to possible purchasing decisions)
  • examining the trade-offs involved in making choices (for example, choices about spending limited money; how to earn an income such as working as an employee or owning your own business; whether to pay more for an endorsed environmentally friendly product)
  • applying economics and business knowledge, skills and concepts to familiar problems, proposing alternative responses to the issue and assessing the costs and benefits of each alternative
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Judgement,  Decision making

Teacher resource

MoneySmart: How can we reduce our spending?

This is a year 7 mathematics unit of work about using comparative shopping strategies to spend less. Intended to take about ten hours, the unit explores grocery and mobile phone spending and other areas of potential reduction chosen by the student. It consists of five sets of student tasks supported by teacher notes. Tasks ...

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Biodiversity and farming for a healthy planet

This is a digital resource containing information and resources, such as printable games, that relate to biodiversity and farming, and how food and materials can be produced while protecting the Earth's natural resources. It includes an extensive glossary of important terms, and external links to teacher and student resources ...

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Choice: nutrition

This is a web page providing reviews of various food products and supplements in terms of nutrition, covering frozen yoghurt, supermarket diet foods and fast food including vegetarian fast food. It also looks at omega-3 supplements, probiotics, protein supplements and beneficial foods - blueberries, fish, ginger and chilli, ...

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Choice: food warnings and safety

This is a web page providing reviews of various food products, packaging and production in terms of food safety including food hygiene, genetically modified food, pesticides and food additives. It covers Bisphenol A (BPA) in canned foods, pesticides in vegetables, plastic and plasticiser contamination in food, food additives ...

Teacher resource

Poverty and urbanisation

This is a compilation of five teaching sequences about patterns of urbanisation around the world. It includes sections on poverty and wealth and how this affects where people live, correlations between the wealth of countries and urbanisation, living conditions in a range of urban locations, and the issues that impact on ...

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Choice: groceries

This is a web page providing reviews of various grocery products and results of taste comparison tests. It covers sausages, bread, liquid breakfasts, breakfast cereals, Christmas puddings, cake mix, frozen fish and salad dressing as well as looking at Stevia sugar substitute and the major steps beef goes through from the ...

Teacher resource

Tsunami lesson plan resources

This is a comprehensive website about Tsunamis. Topics include: what is a tsunami, how tsunamis occur, the impact they have on the environment and people; developments in warning systems; and how to prepare in the event of a tsunami. Resource sections include: Key learning areas; Objectives; Get the facts, with six lesson ...

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Where do we build next?

Like many Australian cities, Melbourne has been growing rapidly. This clip from 2012 investigates debates about where Melbourne's urban growth should occur. While inner city areas are slowly being redeveloped, the outer suburbs continue to sprawl and their residents battle some serious issues.

Interactive Resource

MoneySmart: MilbaDjunga - secondary unit

The MilbaDjunga secondary unit 'How can I start my own business?' is an interactive online unit developed to support teachers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to teach consumer and financial literacy. It leads students through a step-by-step process to start a small business and is accompanied by teacher ...

Teacher resource

Access to safe water and sanitation

This is a compilation of seven teaching sequences about access to safe water and sanitation. It includes sections on access to safe water and adequate sanitation services; water collection and use; ways water is accessed in some developing countries; use of appropriate technology to produce safe, clean water and toilets; ...

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Choice: drinks

This is a web page providing reviews of beverages, the results of a taste test of different coffee products, a comparison between supermarket brand milks and branded products and an investigation of drink bottle recycling. It covers bottled water, milk, coffee capsules, smoothies and frappes, coconut water, milk alternatives ...

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Ancient Egypt: secrets of the sands

Imagine descending into the depths of a tomb that was built thousands of years ago by the people of one the world's oldest and most fascinating civilisations. Join Jennifer Byrne as she visits ancient sites on Egypt's Giza Plateau to discover how and why the history of ancient Egypt is being constantly rewritten.

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From Citrus to Almonds: video

This is a video [6:25 min] about growing almonds on a property in the Riverland of South Australia and why the owners switched from citrus to almond production. The first part of the video illustrates the characteristics of the property and explains the long-term strategy and business reasons for the switch. The next part ...

Interactive Resource

Sustainable seafood guide: app for iPad

This app provides an assessment of the sustainability of a wide range of seafood species commonly consumed in Australia. It includes information about farming and fishing techniques, issues relating to ecosystems and endangered species, and a ranking system for canned tuna. This app contains two guides: Sustainable seafood ...

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Field of dreams

Welcome to the outer suburbs of Perth, where blocks are abundant but sports fields are in short supply. Australians love their sport and like to be active but what happens if you live in a place with few places to play? You'd be competing for space with every other sports lover in your neighbourhood!

Interactive Resource

MoneySmart: consumer rights - mobile phones

This is a role-play activity about making choices to buy a mobile phone and seek consumer redress when the phone fails to meet stated expectations. The character's first independent choice is the colour of the phone. Then she is given choices about what to do when the phone in the box is the wrong colour and when she can't ...

Teacher resource

MoneySmart: Innovation and enterprising behaviours - Case study

This case study describes the context, processes and student resources that a Bulimba State School teacher undertook to implement an enterprise unit of work, culminating in a whole-school market day. The enterprise unit of work explored in the case study, was designed to provide students with enterprising skills and behaviours, ...