Where Does It Come From?

As part of our Inquiry into how people meet their economic needs and wants, we investigated where things come from. We brought in items from home, examined them and discovered their country of origin. We then placed the items on a world map to notice any patterns or interesting information.  We then summarised our new knowledge and understanding in this video and a class ‘sticky note’ session.

Do you notice anything interesting in our movie?  Have you got any questions or wonderings?  To help you think, you may like to use one of our question starters:

What if…

How could…

Why should…


As part of our inquiry into shops and money, we developed our thinking around a photo of a Blockbuster Video store which was closing down. After questions and discussion, we used drama to deepen our thinking: who might be affected by the closure and what is their viewpoint?
Brodie, Antonio, Daniel, Lucas, Tara, Jai, Monique, William, Dion, Shoma, Joshua, Madison, Zoe and Jema star in our movie.
See if you can you spot these characters: the man person with no car, the Blockbuster store owner, the manager of K-Mart, the businessman in a hurry, the Blockbuster worker, the bank manager, the fashion store guy, the teenager, the grandparents, and the potato chip delivery guys.

THINKING CHALLENGE:  Leave a comment based on: “I used to think … but now I think…” about video shops, shops closing, or other issues that you have noticed in our activity.


After a visit from ‘Masterchef’ we decided we would make chefs’ hats to sell in our next class shop. Lucas tried on my hat and we worked out it was definitely too big. We brainstormed our ideas and worked out that we needed to take measurements on our heads, just above the ears. We knew that it was impractical to use counters, paperclips or matchsticks with which to measure, so when someone suggested a tape measure, it was all systems go. We had to work together, helping with the measuring and with the stages of construction of the hats. No gaps and overlaps – accuracy was so important!  We measured the distance around our heads, cut out the correct length for the hat band, attached the plastic bag for the crown, and voila! We have also decided to group our hats as Small/Medium/Large to help our customers decide quickly which one to buy. Thanks to Antonio, we set up an infographic to help us to work out the S/M/L groups.

Dion said “This is the best maths I have ever done”.  Were we doing maths? Can you identify any of the maths thinking or processes that we used? Comment here.