Need It! Want It! | Ophea Teaching Tools

    Need It! Want It!

    Junior (Grades 4-6)
    Activity Description

    Students explore the difference between needs and wants by creating their own concept map using a hierarchy of needs as a reference. Focus will be on using real life examples.

    Learning Goals

    I can define and compare needs and wants by creating a Thought Organizer showing real life examples.

    Curriculum Expectations
    C1 Understanding health concepts, C2 Making healthy choices, C3 Making connections for healthy living

    Cross-Curricular Expectations

    Language: Oral Communication, Reading, Writing

      • Chart Paper/SMART Board

      • Sticky Notes

      • Examples of Needs and Wants (see attachments)

      • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (see attachments)

      • Needs Thought Organizer (see attachments)

      • Wants Thought Organizer (see attachments)

      • Need it! Want it! Take-Home Activity (see attachments)

    Key Concepts
    Prior Knowledge and Skills
    • How pyramid models are used

    • Providing examples for ideas

    Minds On
    • Students are asked to reflect on things they need and those they want. Each student writes a few needs and wants on different sticky notes.
    • Teacher introduces Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs using the provided worksheet.
    • Small groups are given two Thought Organizers, one for needs and another for wants.
    • In groups, students complete a Thought Organizer for needs and another for wants using the Examples of Needs and Wants Worksheet and the groups' sticky notes. Students sort through the examples to decide where they think each belongs on each chart.
    • Groups create their own definition of needs and wants based on their exploration.
    • Teacher leads a whole group discussion as students share their ideas and self-assess their ability to identify both needs and wants using the thumbs up strategy.
    • Students revisit their needs and wants from Minds On and decide if they still agree.
    • After looking at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and exploring the definition of needs and wants, do you agree with how you made your decisions in the Minds On? Why or why not?
    Extended Learning
    • Need it! Want it! Take-Home Activity (see attachments)