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Can your teenagers afford their lifestyle choices? After they've learned about unit pricing (this activity 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 activity 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 have hands-on experiences with sorting pictures into groups according to the social studies objective: The learner apply basic economic concepts to home and school. This lesson focus on distinguishing between wants and needs.
Students examine the difference between psychological needs and wants to control spending.
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, after hearing the story, "The Rag Coat" discuss how family, school, and neighborhood provide basic needs and learning experiences. They decipher the difference between wants and needs and create a collage showing wants and needs.
Students examine the difference between needs and wants. In this consumption lesson plan, students illustrate their needs and wants and discuss their own reasons for buying things. They also discuss the connection between their choices and the environment.
Students demonstrate responsible consumer choices. For this social studies lesson, students read The Lorax and discuss wants and needs. Students discuss how to save natural resources by making informed consumer choices.
Students discuss the differences between a want and a need. In this wants and needs lesson plan, students read a book and discuss the wants and needs in the book, and observe 2 bags with a want and need in them.
Students investigate the differences of needs and wants. They develop an appreciation for the environment and the community they live in. Students read a poem about nature and then create a painting that is interpretive based upon the reading.
Second graders determine the definitions of needs and wants. They write the definitions down and make a personal list explaining their own wants and needs. They cut out pictures from magazines showing their wants and needs which they attach to notecard which they use to play a game.
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 explore the concept of wants and needs.  In this sociology lesson, students brainstorm all the things they believe to be needs and record them on a T chart. Students are asked questions to help them understand what a need really is and what happens when needs are not met. 
Young scholars sort pictures to determine the difference between needs and wants. For this needs and wants lesson, students read the story The Red Racer and discuss the character's needs and wants. Young scholars then list their own needs and wants. Students study pictures and sort them by the needs or wants category. Young scholars then interview someone in their family about needs and 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. Students create a needs and wants poster as well as write a Cinquain poem.
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.
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.
Learners 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 learners complete worksheets concerning money in their daily lives.
Learners discuss the difference between needs and wants. They examine samples of advertisements and compare ads for needs and wants. They create an ad that creates a "want" for the customer.
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 instructional activity, pupils take a final 10-question quiz that assesses what they have learned from engaging in the instructional activity. Very good!
Students examine the needs of a pet. In this animal welfare lesson plan, students define the terms "needs" and "wants." Students brainstorm the needs of a pet.

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