Needs and Wants Teacher Resources
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Need or Want?
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.
K - 3rd Science 68 Views 52 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Becoming a Wise Consumer: Creating a Budget
Can your teenagers afford their lifestyle choices? After they've learned about unit pricing (this lesson is linked), a personal budgeting activity has learners track their spending for an entire week. Groups begin by defining needs and wants and then comparing them using a Venn diagram (included).
7th - 12th Math 81 Views 257 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Needs and Wants
There is a difference between wants and needs. After warming up with a sorting game first graders will discuss the difference between wants and needs then read the book The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills. They will have an A-B partner discussion about the wants and needs they see in the book.
1st Social Studies & History 3 Views 35 Downloads
Tropical Travel choices
Learners recognize the difference between needs and wants. In this tropical travel lesson, students observe a coin from the Northern Mariana Islands and plan a trip. Learners read text about the island and complete a "weigh your options" worksheet.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 3 Views 18 Downloads
How do we decide what to buy? Empower your economists to spend their money wisely through this introductory consumer choice worksheet. Learners read a passage on wants and needs, scarcity, and tradeoffs. Next, students personalize the lesson by recording their income and expenses for 1 week using a template provided.
6th - 12th Math 69 Views 568 Downloads
I Want It! I Need It!
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.
3rd - 6th Science 27 Views 31 Downloads
Wants and Needs
Here is an outstanding lesson 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.
1st Math 78 Views 146 Downloads
A Shelter for Morty
A reading of Joanna Cole’s This Is the Place for Me, launches a series of activities that help children understand the difference between wants and needs. Richly detailed instructions are included for each activity. Class members conclude the study and demonstrate their understanding of the concepts by designing and constructing a shelter for Morty, the main character in Cole’s story.
K - 3rd Language Arts 12 Views 37 Downloads
Do You Really Need It?
Fourth graders read and share chapters of The Boxcar Children. In this wants and needs instructional activity, 4th graders understand through their reading the differences between wants and needs. Students complete a worksheet about wants and needs based on the book.
4th Social Studies & History 11 Views 76 Downloads
Time to Choose: Wants and Needs
In this consumer math worksheet, students read about how to budget for wants and needs. They answer 3 multiple choice questions about a young girls use of her $10 birthday gift. They complete a problem about budgeting money for classroom paper.
3rd - 5th Math 23 Views 146 Downloads
Bartering--A System of Exchange
Students explore the concept of trade and bartering and participate in a game titled "Barter Bag." They discuss the difference between wants and needs, and read a list of rules for the game. Students then use a bartering system to retrieve a list of needs and collect their personal wants.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 21 Views 37 Downloads
Do I Want or Need?
Students explore wants and needs. In this introductory economics activity, students use a "pinch card" to display whether a familiar item is a "want" or a "need". Students listen to the book Alexander used to be Rich on Sunday by Judith Viorst and complete a wants and needs T-Chart.
1st - 2nd Social Studies & History 7 Views 61 Downloads
Needs and Wants
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.
1st Social Studies & History 18 Views 64 Downloads
The Wants and Needs of Making a Difference
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.
K - 2nd Social Studies & History 6 Views 44 Downloads
Wants Vs. Needs: The Pilgrims sail to America
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.
K - 2nd Social Studies & History 8 Views 25 Downloads
Needs and Wants Game
Students identify basic survival needs. In this needs and wants lesson, students view picture cards of various wants and needs. Students choose sixteen cards that they believe are essential to survive. Students sort the cards by needs and wants.
1st - 3rd Social Studies & History 4 Views 114 Downloads
Having a Savings Plan
Students discover the importance of saving and spending. In this finance lesson, students read the book Kermit the Hermit and discuss the differences between needs and wants. The students complete worksheets concerning money in their daily lives.
K - 2nd Math 12 Views 62 Downloads
Consumer Confusion: Wants versus Needs and Gandhi's Wisdom
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.
4th Language Arts 18 Views 50 Downloads
The Giving Tree
Learners explore wants and needs. In this ecology and economics lesson, students listen to the story The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and compile a class list of what the boy got from the tree. Learners categorize these items as "wants" or "needs," and then locate items made from trees in magazines to create a poster.
K - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts 24 Views 110 Downloads