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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. The wonderful, 11-page plan is well written and has everything you need to successfully implement the teaching ideas.
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. Students create posters about the Island.
New! 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. An engaging activity that lays the foundation for studying living things and their needs.
Wants Vs. Needs: The Pilgrims sail to America
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 lesson, students must agree on what should be on the list. Young scholars create their list by order of importance. Students discuss their lists.
New! 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.
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.
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). 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.
Needs versus Wants
Second graders explore the difference between needs and wants. They explore the three important things that people need to survive.
Needs And Wants
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.
The Wants and Needs of Making a Difference
Students analyze a reading selection. For 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.
Food Needs, Food Wants
Students explore wants and needs. In this family budgeting lesson, 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.
Sort It Out - Needs and Wants
Students explore the real important factors in life by sorting needs and wants. For this economic experience lesson, 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.
Wants and Needs
Young scholars 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.
Do You Really Need It?
Fourth graders read and share chapters of The Boxcar Children. In this wants and needs lesson plan, 4th graders understand through their reading the differences between wants and needs. Students complete a worksheet about wants and needs based on the book.
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. Students relate to long ago.
WANTS VS. NEEDS
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.
Elementary schoolers explore the concepts associated with comparison shopping, and the concept of need versus want. They also look closely at the power of advertising and become more aware of the messages that ads present. After taking part in the activities in the lesson, pupils take a final 10-question quiz that assesses what they have learned from engaging in the lesson. Very good!
I Want It! I Need It!
Students compare the difference between needs and wants. In 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.
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.
Take It Or Leave It
Third graders examine the significance of the Louisiana Purchase and the journey of Lewis and Clark, and discuss "needs" versus "wants". They listen to a story, plan for a journey like Lewis and Clark, create a list of supplies, and complete a worksheet.