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Students identify basic survival needs. In this needs and wants activity, 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.
Fourth graders read and share chapters of The Boxcar Children. In this wants and needs lesson, 4th graders understand through their reading the differences between wants and needs. Students complete a worksheet about wants and needs based on the book.
Students discover the importance of saving and spending. In this finance lesson plan, students read the book Kermit the Hermit and discuss the differences between needs and wants. The students complete worksheets concerning money in their daily lives.
Second graders explore their neighborhood. In 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.
Students review the difference between "wants" and "needs." Students apply acquired knowledge by preparing for a pretend camping trip. Students plan out their trip together and then revise their list twice.
How do we decide what to buy? Empower your economists to spend their money wisely through this introductory consumer choice worksheet. Learners read a passage on wants and needs, scarcity, and tradeoffs. Next, students personalize the lesson by recording their income and expenses for 1 week using a template provided. They add the total income and subtract expenses to determine the amount of money left over. Students reflect on their choices in 2 short-answer questions.
Students explore wants and needs. In this ecology and economics lesson, students listen to the story The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and compile a class list of what the boy got from the tree. Students categorize these items as "wants" or "needs," and then locate items made from trees in magazines to create a poster.
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.
Second graders explore the difference between needs and wants. They explore the three important things that people need to survive.
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.
Students identify the wants and needs of their community. In this communities lesson, students read the book Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday and discuss the needs of their community. Students decide on the need of greatest importance.
Students examine supply and demand and relate their personal lives to the push and pull of the economy. In this money management lesson, students provide their own personal information and make decisions based on supply and demand as they solve problems relating to their own wants and needs.
In this consumer math worksheet, students read about how to budget for wants and needs. They answer 3 multiple choice questions about a young girls use of her $10 birthday gift. They complete a problem about budgeting money for classroom paper. They create a personal budget.
Second graders discuss the difference between needs and wants and create a T chart. They brainstorm as many ways as possible to meet their basic needs. They analyze different ways the community gets involved to help individuals with their basic needs. They draw a picture depicting a basic need in their life and a want. They discuss with their family how the community has helped them meet their basic needs.
Ninth graders create a T chart of their needs and wants. In this environmental science instructional activity, 9th graders brainstorm ideas on how to create a sustainable community. They decide what they would give up and keep to make the community sustainable.
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.
Students demonstrate how to express needs, wants, and obligations. They observe a teacher-led demonstration, complete a worksheet, and listen to a recorded dialogue.
Students reviews things they want versus things they need.  In this economic lesson plan, students volunteer things that would be hard to live without and the teacher writes these up on the board.  Students talk about which items are not necessary and how their lives would change without them.
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.
In this social studies worksheet, students reinforce the difference between needs and wants by either playing a game or using cards as a seat work activity. Students cut apart the picture cards and the game mat and do the activities according to the directions provided.

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