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The Wants and Needs of Making a Difference
Students analyze a reading selection. In this wants and needs lesson plan, 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
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 44 Views 39 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Tropical Travel choices
Students recognize the difference between needs and wants. For this tropical travel lesson, 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.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 3 Views 18 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 12 Views 48 Downloads
Sort It Out - Needs and Wants
Students explore the real important factors in life by sorting needs and wants. In 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.
Pre-K - K 21st Century Skills 9 Views 75 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 5 Views 25 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 9 Views 56 Downloads
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 33 Downloads
Do I Want or Need?
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.
1st - 2nd Social Studies & History 6 Views 60 Downloads
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 61 Views 240 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Kids as Decision Makers - Distinguishing Between Needs and Wants
Students sort pictures to determine the difference between needs and wants. In this needs and wants activity, students read the story The Red Racer and discuss the character's needs and wants. Students then list their own needs and wants.
4th - 5th Language Arts 3 Views 24 Downloads
Needs vs. Wants
Fourth graders study needs and wants. In 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.
4th Health 3 Views 24 Downloads
I Want It! I Need It!
Students compare the difference between needs and wants. In this needs vs. wants lesson plan, 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.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 12 Views 102 Downloads
Electronics: Wants or Needs?
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.
3rd Science 5 Views 12 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