Humanities and social sciences / Year 6 / Knowledge and Understanding / Economics and business

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Curriculum content descriptions

The effect that consumer and financial decisions can have on the individual, the broader community and the environment (ACHASSK150)

Elaborations
  • exploring how a decision to buy an item affects the family (for example, ‘Did the family have to put off buying another item to have this one?’)
  • investigating whether buying at the local supermarket helps the local community
  • considering if their actions have an effect on the environment (for example, does choosing to use recyclable shopping bags have an effect on the natural environment?)
  • investigating questions (for example, ‘Does what my family buys in the supermarket affect what businesses might sell or produce?’)
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Causality,  Supply and demand

Interactive Resource

MoneySmart: helping out

This is an activity about making choices to raise money for imaginary animals called gumbutangs. Their habitat is being eradicated and something must be done to save them. The user's first choice is between two websites, one a trusted one, the other a scam site. Then they are given choices about how to raise money for the ...

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Discover Natural Fibres Initiative

This is a digital resource containing information, videos and images that highlight natural fibres. It looks at the uses of a range of plant and animal fibres such as flax, jute, silk and cashmere, and considers characteristics, production and sustainability. The resource profiles 15 of the world's major fibres, and contains ...

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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 ...

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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

MoneySmart: The fun begins: plan, budget, profit!

This is a unit of work integrating aspects of the year 6 mathematics, English, geography, and economics and business curriculums around planning a nature fun park. The unit is intended to take about eight hours. It consists of eight sets of student activities supported by teacher notes, including mapping, holding discussions, ...

Interactive Resource

MoneySmart: The cost of cats and dogs ... and snakes?

This interactive video-based resource features the story of Alessia, Bella and Charlie who are set a class assignment to research the costs of buying a pet and the pros and cons of different types of pets. Students follow the characters and help them make choices around saving, spending, planning, budgeting and consumer choices.

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MoneySmart: money makes the world go around

This is a video animation about how money's increasing invisibility affects young people and why the teaching and learning of financial and consumer literacy is important. The video presents statistics on 12 to 24 year olds in debt; young people who rarely pay their credit card balance each month; 10 to 17 year olds who ...

Teacher resource

Microfinance

This is a unit of work about the importance of microfinance in helping impoverished people establish a small business. Intended for years 5 and 6 and written with a global education focus, the resource consists of five single- or multi-lesson activities, titled: Trapped in the poverty cycle; Operating a small business; ...

Interactive Resource

MoneySmart: MilbaDjunga - primary unit

This is a 5-6 unit of work about prioritising needs and wants, managing finances, and operating a classroom economy. Intended for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, the unit is organised around the stories of John (a boy at Yarrabah), Tom (an Elder) and Alice (a professional working in Perth). They provide ...

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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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MoneySmart: changing world of consumerism

This is a video in which finance and society experts Paul Clitheroe, Delia Rickard and Jane Caro discuss how changing patterns of consumer spending funded by borrowed money affect young people's lives and society's happiness. They point to young children's misconceptions about where money comes from, young people's use ...

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 ...

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, ...

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Get Shucked Oysters

This is a short clip about a Tasmanian oyster farmer producing and serving farm-fresh oysters on site on Bruny Island. In this clip, oyster farmer and business owner, Joe Bennett, describes how he established his business from very small beginnings and has grown it to satisfy consumer demand. Watch to find out how this ...

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Fairtrade coffee campaign

This resource contains a video and information about coffee production in Papua New Guinea, and the importance of the Fairtrade system for the farmers and communities where the coffee is grown. It shows the journey of organic, Fairtrade coffee from the farms in Papua New Guinea to Australia's coffee shops. It also shows ...

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Carey Bros Queensland

This is a video about the operation of the Carey Brothers meat production business. Introduced by Greg Carey, the video shows beef cattle at the company's abattoir as he lists the numbers of cattle, lambs and pigs processed in a typical week and the numbers of staff employed at the plant. He praises the resilience of the ...

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Finding farms: producer video

This is a video about how lobsters are harvested and processed in South Australia for live export to China. In the first part of the video, Mark Denton, a professional rock lobster fisherman describes how the sustainability of the lobster fishery is ensured; compares and contrasts his work with farming any other form of ...