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The common costs of running a home (AB)

Subject Area: Arts

Link(s) to the Alberta Art Curriculum Outcomes:
  • Record single images and simple units.
  • Use expressiveness in their use of elements in the making of images.
  • Students will express meaning through control of visual relationships.
Brief Overview of the Lesson:

The students will create a “mind map” of the cost of running a household and present their ideas to the class.

Estimated Time Required for Implementation:

One class period

Materials Needed:

Large paper and markers

Suggested Implementation Strategy:
  • Ask the class to think about all the necessary costs that their family incurs over the course of a month.
  • Arrange the students in groups of 4–5.
  • Tell them first to brainstorm their ideas about the cost running a home.
  • They are to think about how they will represent these ideas, using pictures only, to create a mind map.
  • Share their mind maps with the class.
Options for Consideration:
  • If available, magazine pictures could be used instead to make a collage of the cost of running a household.
Extended Learning Opportunities:
  • Ask the students to discuss with their family what the costs are per month for these necessities and record their findings in chart form.
Sharing Opportunity:
  • Post a picture of the mind maps online for other classes to see.