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Students analyze a reading selection. In this wants and needs lesson, students read a story to facilitate a discussion about wants and needs. Students discuss how communities help each other in difficult times.
Here is an outstanding instructional activity on wants versus needs designed for 1st graders. Pupils listen to the book, Something Good which presents themes on wants, needs, choice, resources, and counting money. Pupils complete worksheets embedded in the plan on determining value and identifying wants and needs. The wonderful, 11-page plan is well written and has everything you need to successfully implement the teaching ideas. 
Third graders determine how electronics negatively impact the environment. In this environmental lesson plan, 3rd graders read the article "Earth Friendly Waste Management", and identify how recycling impacts our environment. Students complete a media text project as an assessment.
Students discriminate between a need and a want in home buying. They write a detailed description of their dream home. Finally they categorize each of their listed home features as a need or a want.
Students recognize the difference between needs and wants. In this tropical travel instructional activity, students observe a coin from the Northern Mariana Islands and plan a trip.  Students read text about the island and complete a "weigh your options" worksheet. Students create posters about the Island.
Students cut out magazine pictures and display them after cooperatively deciding whether each picture represents a WANT or a NEED.
Even as adults it can be hard to distinguish needs from wants. Using pictures of common, everyday items, children make a pocket chart separating the objects they need from those that they want. Discuss their choices, explaining that people and animals require food, water, air, and shelter in order to live, grow, and survive. An engaging activity that lays the foundation for studying living things and their needs.
Students work in groups to create a list of the items needed by the Pilgrims to bring to America.  In this wants vs. needs lesson, students must agree on what should be on the list. Students create their list by order of importance. Students discuss their lists.
Fourth graders create graphs to illustrate consumer consumption throughout the world. In this consumer lesson plan, 4th graders also discuss wants and needs around the world, and consider Gandhi's opinion on material possessions as they write journal entries about their own wants and needs.
Students explore wants and needs. In this family budgeting lesson plan, students play the Food Money game to help them distinguish between food wants and needs. Students discuss their impressions of the game and food budgets.
Second graders explore the difference between needs and wants. They explore the three important things that people need to survive.
Students make cards illustrating things they think they need and want to be healthy and happy. Groups then sort these cards into "wants" and "needs." The whole class discusses what it means when people's basic needs are not met and the relation of basic human needs to human rights.
Students identify wants and needs. In this sociology lesson, students use a T-chart to brainstorm things they want. In the other column, students record their needs. Students discuss how to save money for their wants.
Students explore the real important factors in life by sorting needs and wants. In this economic experience activity, students view a slide-show of images which shows everyday events and items that we use and consume. Students sort the photographs based on their necessity for human life.
Students categorize wants and needs. In this wants and needs lesson plan, students read a story and determine the differences between a want and a need, and then categorize those items.
Ninth graders create a T chart of their needs and wants. In this environmental science lesson, 9th graders brainstorm ideas on how to create a sustainable community. They decide what they would give up and keep to make the community sustainable.
Discuss wants and needs with your elementary ecologists and get them to consider what would happen to our natural resources if we all got everything that we want. Learners play a card sorting game and take an ecological footprint quiz on the Internet.
First graders distinguish between wants and needs. In this wants and needs lesson, the teacher introduces the concepts of wants and needs by reading the class a story, then students use magazine pictures and sort the pictures into "wants" and "needs" and makes a list of family wants and needs.
First graders recognize the difference between needs and wants.  In this treaty lesson, 1st graders chart their needs and wants to be used in making a treaty.  Students negotiate what should be in the treaty based on the importance of the items from their chart. Students relate to long ago.
Students gain an appreciation for wants and needs by analyzing poems, researching spending choices on the internet, interviewing family members, and create power point slides.

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