Needs and Wants Teacher Resources
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Creating a Community
Second graders explore their neighborhood. For this community lesson, 2nd graders create maps of their community. Students consider the needs and wants of communities as they plan what they would add to their community. Students may use software to help them construct their community.
2nd Social Studies & History
Sort It Out - Needs and Wants
Students explore the real important factors in life by sorting needs and wants. In this economic experience lesson plan, 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
Do You Really Need It?
A large part of understanding personal finance and economics is grasping the concept of wants and needs. This presentation provides students with basic yet effective definitions of wants, needs, and how they effect advertisements and what consumers buy.
5th - 7th Social Studies & History
Values, Wants, and Needs
Build a basic understanding of four fundamental economic principles. Defined here are the concepts of value, scarcity, want, and need. All of these terms are very important to understand when discussing economic choices or cost/benefit relationships.
5th - 6th Social Studies & History
Money Smart Choices
Your class can explore personal finance concepts with this money and philanthropy activity. They define and discuss the terms spend, save, donate, and invest as they relate to the personal use of money. In groups, they work to explore many aspects of economic literacy and create financial plans that include graphs representing their decisions.
6th - 8th Math
The Roaring Twenties
Let's take a look back at America during the 1920s and 1930s. Information regarding the economics in the 1920s that led to some of the issues during the 1930s are covered using text and images. Learners will consider economic booms, busts, and the effect of installment buying.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
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.
3rd - 6th All
I Want It! I Need It!
Young scholars 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. Young scholars sort the picture cards into needs and wants.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History
Electronics: Wants or Needs?
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.
Personal Financial Literacy: An Introduction to Financial Planning
Proper financial planning and the ability to differentiate wants from needs are important skills to develop as a young adult. Here is a great resource to introduce this topic to your learners, which includes a variety of hands-on and interactive activities to teach goal-setting, the benefits of a financial plan, and the importance of saving.
10th - 12th Math CCSS: Adaptable
"Kids as Decision Makers" - Distinguishing between Needs and Wants
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.
1st Social Studies & History
All About Me Museum
Students participate in a living museum project. In this living museum project, students determine their place in the world and make a museum exhibit about themselves. They include photographs and personal artifacts. They sequence events in their lives while making a display for the museum.
2nd - 4th English Language Arts
Introduction to Business: Business Feud
Trying to liven up an introductory economics unit on wants and needs? Combine text review with a game using this guide, which has scholars earning the right to play "Business Feud" by scoring high on reading recall questions. While it is unclear exactly how to play the game, it seems to be based on 2 class teams answering questions from the reading.
9th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History
People making a difference
Students identify resources that all humans need and compare needs and wants. In this needs and wants lesson plan, students discuss with their teacher situations in which people need or want items and how some people don't have the resources to provide for what they need.
K - 2nd Social Studies & History