• Activity
  • Public Transport

Costs of using cars

Learning areas:
  • English
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Year 5
  • Year 6

In small groups, students should become ‘experts’ to investigate the various costs of cars to the community and the environment. Give each group an investigation task listed below. They are to discuss and design their research task and decide how they will investigate it.

  • What do cars do to the environment? (Carbon emissions can enhance the greenhouse effect. Increased greenhouse effect impacts on climate change.)
  • How much space in our local environment is turned over to the car? (Car parks, roads, garages, etc.)
  • What proportion of a family/individual budget is taken up by motoring expenses?
  • What impact does the motor vehicle have on health? (e.g. air pollution and asthma, obesity and car use)
  • What are some of the myths and truths about public transport?

Have each ‘expert group’ report back their findings to the rest of the class.

Discussion questions

  • What do you think can be done to reduce the   use of cars?
  • What conclusions can you make about the role   of public transport?
  • Are there different opinions about your topic?
  • What are some of the reasons why people choose cars over public transport?

Information for teachers

Organisations useful for research

Environment Victoria: environmentvictoria.org.au

Public Transport Users Association: www.ptua.org.au

Google Maps: www.google.com.au/maps

RACV: www.racv.com.au

Search for ‘costs’ to find useful information on car expenses.

Victorian curriculum

Health and PE

Level 5 & 6

Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP108)

Investigate community resources and strategies to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP107)


Level 5

Use comprehension strategies to analyse information, integrating and linking ideas from a variety of print and digital sources (VCELY319)

Level 6

Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts (VCELY347)