Decisions! | Ophea Teaching Tools


    Intermediate (Grades 7-9)
    Activity Description

    Students explore factors that can influence how and why they make (financial) decisions and how those decisions can have an impact on their well-being.

    Learning Goals

    I can show awareness of factors that influence decisions by justifying choices after analyzing and evaluating options.

    Curriculum Expectations
    C2 Making healthy choices, C3 Making connections to healthy living

    Cross-Curricular Expectations

    Language: Oral Communication, Reading, Writing

      • Idea Web (see attachments)

      • Scenario Cards (see attachments)

      • STAAR Decision Model (see attachments)

      • Decisions! Take-Home Activity (see attachments)

    Key Concepts
    Prior Knowledge and Skills
    • Addictive behaviours

    • Decision-making

    • Decision-making strategies

    • Factors (influence on decisions)

    • Short and long-term impacts of decisions

    Minds On
    • Teacher puts up Idea Web with a few examples of decisions students may need to make in the present or in the future. Students do a Think-Pair-Share to add more examples.
    • Teacher has groups brainstorm strategies they have used to make decisions in the past.
    • Teacher leads brief sharing session.
    • Teacher introduces Decision Model with common factors that influence decisions. Students are divided into small groups and get 1-2 Scenario Cards. They must work through the STAAR Decision Model taking into consideration the factors that could have influenced their decision in the end.
    • Groups repeat the process with one of the situations discussed in the Minds On.
    • Groups present the decisions they made, justifying choices by explaining influencing factors.
    • Teacher leads class discussion as students analyze, evaluate and provide peer feedback.
    • Students complete a journal entry about the decision-making experience.
    • How do you think making personal and financial decisions using this process could impact situations/problems in the present or future?
    • Can you think of any other factors that have influenced your personal and financial decisions in the past?
    Extended Learning
    • Decisions! Take-Home Activity (see attachments)