Costly Habits

Wallet Wellness
7, 8

Cross-Curricular Expectations


D1. Understanding Health Concepts, D3. Making Connections for Healthy Living

Mathematics (Number Sense and Numeration)

Number Sense and Numeration (Grades 4-8):

  • read and represent money amounts from $100-$100,000
  • represent relationships using unit rates
  • solve multi-step problems arising from real-life contexts and involving whole numbers and decimals, using a variety of tools
Mathematics (Financial Literacy)

F1.5 Consumer and Civic Awareness (Gr.8): compare various ways for consumers to get more value for their money when spending, including taking advantage of sales and customer loyalty and incentive programs, and determine the best choice for different scenarios

Financial Management (Gr.7, Gr.8):

  • F1.4 (Gr.7): identify various societal and personal factors that may influence financial decision making, and describe the effects that each might have
  • F1.3 (Gr.8): identify different ways to maintain a balanced budget, and use appropriate tools to track all income and spending, for several different scenarios
  • Oral Communication: Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate speaking behaviour in a variety of situations, including paired sharing, dialogue, and small- and large group discussions
  • Reading: Read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of literary, graphic, and informational texts (print and online flyers)
  • Media Literacy: Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of media texts (flyers, websites)

Activity Description

Students reflect on addictive behaviours and how they can have personal, health and financial implications. Students also explore the importance of stress management.

Learning Goals

I can reflect on how addictive behaviours have personal, health and financial implications. I can consider healthy ways to cope with stress.

Curriculum Expectations

D1. Understanding Health Concepts, D3. Making Connections for Healthy Living


Key Concepts

  • Considering future and life events
  • Decision-making
  • Making healthy choices

Prior Knowledge and Skills

Addictive behaviours (e.g. video gaming, online gambling, drug use, alcohol use, tobacco use)

Minds On

  • Students work in small groups to brainstorm ideas, opinions and experiences related to addictive behaviours. Ideas are organized in an Idea Web.
  • Teacher leads discussion connecting addictive behaviours and stress management.



  • Groups share what they have learned using the information gathered and explain the personal, health and financial implications in a short presentation.
  • Students evaluate what they have learned and discuss alternative decisions that would support a healthier lifestyle.


  • What are some healthier alternatives to substance abuse or addictive behaviours to cope with stress?
  • Describe factors that influence addictive behaviours.
  • Create a PSA, poster or brochure to share your learning about addictive behaviours and how we can make decisions that promote a healthy lifestyle.

Extended Learning

Costly Habits Take-Home Activity (refer to Materials section)