Lesson 2

What Influences Our Decisions?

Part of Unit 5 - Challenge and Adventure
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Learning Intention

Students will have an understanding of what influences their decisions and impacts their decision making process: In understanding these, students will be better able to make informed decisions about their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Activity A

The definition of ‘influence’ is displayed on the board, without displaying the actual word “Influence”. The children are asked to guess what word is being defined. Once the definition has been discovered the class discusses various influences that they have in their lives.

The students think about people who inspire and influence them in their life.

Questions to consider:

  • How do they influence you?
  • What qualities do they have that you admire?

Students are invited to think, pair and share, giving reasons as to how this person may influence them.

Activity B

As a class discuss the term “role model”. What does it mean to you? Encourage the students to think about who their role model/s may be. Remind the students that the person doesn’t have to be famous. Students are chosen to present their responses to the class, explaining why that person is their role model.

Discuss how they, as senior students of the primary school, can be role models to younger students. Give examples of times when they have been a role model, or how they can be a role model.

Activity C

Watch the short video 'Healthy Eating Matters' and discuss how the AIS athletes in the video are behaving as role models.

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Teacher Notes

The word “Influence” means “the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behaviour, opinions, etc., of others” (www.dictionary.com)

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Assessment Rubric

Use the Assessment Rubric to evaluate student understanding as measured against the learning intention for this lesson.

Assessment Rubric 5.1 (U5L2A1)