Differentiating paid work from unpaid work

  • Age group:
    Students ages 8 and 9
  • When:
    April and May
  • Time required:
    5 hours and 26 minutes

Area of learning:

  • Citizenship and community life

Financial and cooperative skills

  • Differentiating paid work from unpaid work
  • Understanding that money is earned by working


Students re-evaluate their initial point of view on payment for household chores.

Task 1: Re-evaluate your point of view

Task objectives

At the end of this task, students will be able to defend their point of view and explain why they changed their mind, if applicable.


  1. At the end of the debate, students re-evaluate their point of view.
  2. Read the My Point of View Post-Discussion sheet after the student debate and explain the assignment.
  3. Present the evaluation criteria for the task.
  4. Ask students to fill out the sheet.
  5. Use the My Point of View Evaluation Grid to grade their work.

Teacher's notes

  • If students say they think they should be paid for household chores, ask them to think about the importance of contributing to their family home. Make them aware of everything they already get from their parents, in addition to food and shelter, like restaurant meals, outings and gifts. Tell them that this is a form of payment.
  • Exercise suggestions:
    • Calculate the annual amount a student receives if they get an $x allowance of each week, (e.g.: $5) to do chores.
    • Make a list of outings, restaurant meals and gifts they've received from their parents.
    • Evaluate their capacity to pay for all of this with the allowance they receive over 1 year.