Lesson Plan

Do I Need It? Wants vs. Needs

If you ask your students if they need ice cream, the answer may surprise you! In this lesson, your students will be able differentiate between wants and needs.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to define and distinguish needs and wants. Students will be able to examine why people need shelter, clothes, water, and food to live.


(5 minutes)
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  • Pretend to be a parent in a house.
  • Go to various students, and fulfill each need everyone has. For example, go to some students and pretend to feed them with a spoon. Move to others, and pretend to wash their clothes and hang them outside to dry. Pretend it is beginning to rain, and come back inside and put the clothes on other students.
  • Throughout this pretend play, speak aloud to let the students know what is happening.