Differentiating paid work from unpaid work
Students ages 8 and 9
April and May
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 differentiate paid work from unpaid work and form an opinion on them.
At the end of this task, students will be able to list all the chores they do either at home or school, and explain their purpose.
- Time required:
Organize a discussion about the students' chores and responsibilities at home and school.
- Ask students which chores they do at home. Examples: wash the dishes, sweep the floor, clean up their room, etc.
- Discuss the chores students do at school, the responsibilities you have given them.
Examples of questions to ask:
- Do you get paid for doing these chores?
- Do you think it's important to take part in household chores? Why?
- Do feel the same way about your chores at school?
At the end of this task, students will be able to identify the characteristics of paid work and unpaid work.
- Time required:
- Ask students if all work is paid.
- Ask them for examples of paid and unpaid work.
- Write their ideas on the board or easel.
- Discuss the advantages and characteristics of both types of work.
Examples of discussion questions:
- Help students understand why unpaid work exists.
- Suggest that students consult their friend and families to find examples of both types of work. Example: their parents' work, unpaid work of other people they know.
- Examples of questions to ask:
- Why do we have to work?
- Why can't be paid for all the work we do?
- Can you make a living by choosing to do only unpaid work?
- What are the advantages and drawbacks of unpaid work?