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122 resources with the concept needs vs. wants

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All I Really Need!

For Teachers K
Students differentiate between wants and needs. For this basic needs lesson, students prepare to pack for a trip to grandma's house and determine what they need for the trip and what they want for the trip.
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The Giving Tree

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young scholars 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. Young scholars categorize these...
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Scarcity, Choice and Decisions

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students study the basic economic trilogy (scarcity, choice, and costs). In this money management lesson plan, students use a scenario of a High School Prom to calculate how scarcity, choice and cost apply by completing provided...
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Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students barter for goods within the class. In this economics lesson based on the Great Depression, the teacher introduces the lesson with a picture book, then students are allowed to barter with teacher supplied goods as they examine...
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Our Country's People Lesson 3

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this recognizing our country's people instructional activity, students review and identify economic terms. Students write eight multiple choice answers.
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Eleanor Roosevelt: Economics, Discovery and Daily Life

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Examine the causes and effects of the Great Depression and the role of Eleanor Roosevelt during the era. Pupils take an inventory of their home for wants and needs, and conduct online research on The Great Depression. They then convert...
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Money Management Intelligence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students follow directions to help a client with his/her budget. After selecting their client, they download confidential data and listen to the challenge presented on the website. They adjust the budgets as needed. Then, they click play...
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First Grade Economics Unit

For Teachers 1st
First graders begin by studying the differences between a "good" and a "service". They compare items to each other to help comprehend the differences. They also look into the differences between buyers and sellers and how the choices...
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Kindergarten Money

For Teachers K
Students identify the various coins and their values through presentations, a rubric, a value pretest, and coin manipulatives. Money is incorporated into various activities whether at home or in school. Students create money webs using...
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"Do You Need It or Just Want It?"

For Teachers K
Students distinguish between "wants" and "needs." Students make a short list of each. They review The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings book and discuss what blessings are. Students then rewrite their list of wants and needs.
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"Going Camping"

For Teachers K
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.
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Education: Passing Enough Knowledge to Survive to the Next Generation

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers compare and contrast the knowledge requirements for human and animal children. They identify the consequences of an animal if it is unprepared for the given environment. They discover the importance of education as well.
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Rainforest Wildlife

For Teachers K - 6th
Students investigate how living things depend on one another for food, shelter, and other needs. They create artwork depicting a variety of living things thriving in an interdependent rainforest environment. Students blend primary...
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What Do Pets Need?

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students identify the needs that all humans and animals have. In groups, they play a game to discover the proper way to take care of pets. To end the lesson, they develop a plan to best take care of their pets at home and view pictures...
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Introduction to Business: Business Feud

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
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...
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Hula Hoop Habitats

For Teachers K - 2nd
Learners explore migration. In this science instructional activity, students play a game in which they explore bird migration. Learners discuss the needs of birds and play a game in which they "migrate" in order to meet their needs.
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Bartering Through the Seasons

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore bartering. For this bartering lesson, 5th graders investigate bartering between the American colonies. Students study the climate and geography of neighboring colonies and investigate crops native to each area.
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Consumer Society

For Students 5th - 6th
In this consumer society worksheet, students think about where and why they buy goods and the difference between needs and wants. Students read a text and answer 30 varied questions.
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Curiosity Shop

For Teachers 1st
First graders simulate shopping for needs and wants. In this money lesson, 1st graders examine Norman Rockwell's painting "Curiosity Shop." Students role-play shopping in a store and making purchases.
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Budgeting (Part 1)

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine why a budget may be helpful. In this budgeting lesson, students graph how they spent money during the past week. They discuss the benefits of creating a budget and explore the difference between wants and needs.
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My Perfect Pet

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Students explore pet ownership. In this my perfect pet lesson, students research common animals used as pets and complete a variety of activities based on this data. 
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The Money Game

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders investigate the amount of money that families use throughout the year.  In this economic and math lesson, 11th graders participate in a money bingo game.  Students analyze the needs and wants for a household. 
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Investigations in Aid: Identifying the Need

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Pupils investigate the needs in emerging nations. In this emerging nations lesson, students research the conditions for needs in the given countries. Pupils are assigned to the country groups of Honduras, Nigeria, Bosnia, Cambodia, and...
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It's All in the Making: Our Local Organizations

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars study African American nonprofit organizations. In this nonprofit organizations lesson, students discuss African American organizations. Young scholars research the NAACP and NUL website. Students design posters for both...