How much love can fit into a shoebox?

Box with lid open and hearts spilling out

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Year level 4 Enterprise Mathematics English

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Students investigate the possible contents of 'shoeboxes of love' and create their own, which can be donated to children in need.

Learning outcomes


Curriculum alignment

Year 4

Learning area: Mathematics

Content descriptions

Strand: Number and Algebra

  • Sub-strand: Money and financial mathematics
    • Solve problems involving purchases and the calculation of change to the nearest five cents with and without digital technologies (ACMNA080)
  • Sub-strand: Fractions and decimals
    • Investigate equivalent fractions used in contexts (ACMNA077)
    • Recognise that the place value system can be extended to tenths and hundredths. Make connections between fractions and decimal notation (ACMNA079)

Strand: Measurement and Geometry

  • Sub-strand: Using units of measurement
    • Use scaled instruments to measure and compare lengths, masses, capacities and temperatures (ACMMG084)
    • Compare objects using familiar metric units of area and volume (ACMMG290)

Learning area: English

Content descriptions

Strand: Language

  • Sub-strand: Expressing and developing ideas
    • Incorporate new vocabulary from a range of sources into students’ own texts including vocabulary encountered in research (ACELA1498)

Strand: Literacy

  • Sub-strand: Interacting with others
    • Use interaction skills such as acknowledging another’s point of view and linking students’ response to the topic, using familiar and new vocabulary and a range of vocal effects such as tone, pace, pitch and volume to speak clearly and coherently (ACELY1688)
    • Interpret ideas and information in spoken texts and listen for key points in order to carry out tasks and use information to share and extend ideas and information (ACELY1687)
    • Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations incorporating learned content and taking into account the particular purposes and audiences (ACELY1689)

General capabilities

Level 4: Typically, by the end of Year 4, students:

  • Literacy:
    • compose and edit a range of learning area texts
    • use pair, group and class discussions about learning area topics as learning tools to explore and represent ideas and relationships, test possibilities and to prepare for creating texts
    • use a growing range of subject-specific vocabulary to read, discuss and write about learning area topics
  • Numeracy
    • model, represent, order and use numbers up to five digits
    • estimate a solution to a problem then check the solution by recalling addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts
    • estimate the change from simple purchases
    • visualise, describe and order tenths, hundredths, 1-place and 2-place decimals
    • solve problems using equivalent fractions for tenths, hundredths, 1-place and 2-place decimals
    • collect, record and display data as tables, diagrams, picture graphs and column graphs
    • describe possible outcomes from chance experiments using informal chance language and recognising variations in results
    • estimate, measure and compare the length, temperature, volume, capacity and mass of everyday objects using metric units and scaled instruments
  • ICT
    • locate, retrieve or generate information from a range of digital sources
    • create and modify simple digital solutions, creative outputs or data representation/ transformation for particular purposes
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
    • collect, compare and categorise facts and opinions found in a widening range of sources
    • reflect on, explain and check the processes used to come to conclusions
    • identify and apply appropriate reasoning and thinking strategies for particular outcome
    • draw on prior knowledge and use evidence when choosing a course of action or drawing a conclusion
    • explain and justify ideas and outcomes
  • Personal and Social Capability
    • identify the various communities to which they belong and what they can do to make a difference
  • Intercultural Understanding
    • identify and describe variability within and across cultural groups
    • imagine and describe the feelings of others in a range of contexts