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Learners analyze a reading selection. In this wants and needs lesson plan, students read a story to facilitate a discussion about wants and needs. Learners discuss how communities help each other in difficult times.
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 recognize the difference between needs and wants. In this tropical travel lesson plan, 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.
Young scholars work in groups to create a list of the items needed by the Pilgrims to bring to America.  In this wants vs. needs instructional activity, students must agree on what should be on the list. Young scholars 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 the real important factors in life by sorting needs and wants. In this economic experience instructional 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.
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. To further apply their understanding the class will head to the computer lab where they will drag and drop want and need items into the proper pile. Pictures for sorting and a PowerPoint are included.
First graders recognize the difference between needs and wants.  In this treaty instructional activity, 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 explore wants and needs. In this introductory economics lesson, 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.
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). They take an online quiz to assess their spending habits. This is a neat tool, as it tells learners how much they would need to make (and what education level they need to achieve) to live the life they desire. There is an optional polling program you could use to analyze the results. Learners synthesize the lesson by creating a personal budget; the suggested software is only one of many online options. There is also a budgeting checklist, graphic organizer, and excel spreadsheet attached.
First graders examine and discuss the difference between what they need to live and what they want. They examine pictures from magazines and newspaper ads, distinguishing between whether they are wants or needs.
Students demonstrate responsible consumer choices. In this social studies lesson plan, students read The Lorax and discuss wants and needs. Students discuss how to save natural resources by making informed consumer choices.
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.
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. The wonderful, 11-page plan is well written and has everything you need to successfully implement the teaching ideas. 
Students categorize wants and needs. For 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.
Pupils look through magazines and pick out a want and a need. In this wants and needs lesson plan, students look through magazines, tear out one want and one need, and glue it to butcher paper.
Students sort pictures to determine the difference between needs and wants. In this needs and wants lesson, students read the story The Red Racer and discuss the character's needs and wants. Students then list their own needs and wants. Students study pictures and sort them by the needs or wants category. Students then interview someone in their family about needs and wants.
Fourth graders study needs and wants. For this necessities lesson, 4th graders study slides of pictures and identify which one they would want. Students then discuss the idea of needs and wants and classify more pictures. Students define basic needs of humans and plants. Students create a needs and wants poster as well as write a Cinquain poem.
Students compare the difference between needs and wants. For this needs vs. wants lesson, students play a sorting game with picture cards, depicting illustrations of survival needs and material things. Students sort the picture cards into needs and wants.
Third graders determine how electronics negatively impact the environment. In this environmental lesson, 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.

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