Lesson Plan on Wants and Needs
Teacher: Beth Kugler Subject: Social Studies Grade Level: 1 Date: May 12, 2000
Strand: Production, Distribution, and Consumption [Economics]
Standard 1: The student understands how scarcity requires individuals and institutions to make choices about how to use resources.
I. Content: Concept - Students will be able to understand the difference between what they need to live and what they want in order to live better.
II. Prerequisites: The student should be able to name the three basic things a person needs in order to survive. (food, clothing, shelter)
III. Instructional Objective: Using ten examples from magazine and newspaper ads the student will distinguish whether the products are a need or a want.
IV. Instructional Procedures:
Lesson Initiating: The lesson will begin with the teacher asking the students if they can describe what a need is. This will be followed by asking if they can describe what a want is. The teacher will then explain what distinguishes a need from a want. The teacher will also show the students some examples. (pictures of a house, a bike, and groceries)
Core Activities: Next, the teacher will pass out two index cards to each student. They will say "need" or "want". Need cards are red and want cards are blue. The teacher will tell the students to keep their cards flat on their desk face up. The teacher will explain to the students that they are going to see some examples of needs and wants and they are have to hold up the card (need or want) they think the example belongs to. The teacher continues to tell the students that they will have to wait to hear a count to three and then hold up the card. The students will be shown ten to fifteen examples depending on how well they can distinguish between a need or a want.
Closure Activities: The lesson will conclude with the teacher asking the students to name some of the examples that they saw and why it was a need or a want. The teacher will then give the students a handout of ten different needs and wants. The students will have to color the needs red and the wants blue.
ESOL Considerations: The examples that the teacher uses will be pictures. If the students can not understand what the teacher is saying, they can just look at the picture. The teacher will explain to the students that the need and want cards are different colors. This way the students do not need to be confused.
V. Materials and Equipment:
- Need and want cards (need cards red, want cards blue)
- Examples of needs and wants from magazines and newspapers.
- Pictures of a house, a bike, and groceries (for teacher example)
- Handout on different needs and wants. (one for each student)
VI. Assessment: The teacher will give the students a handout that consists of ten different needs and wants. The student will have to color the needs red and the wants blue.
VII. Follow-up Activities: For homework the teacher will ask the students to go home and find five examples of needs and wants around their house. These could be shared by the students.
VIII. Self Assessment: The teacher will grade the handouts that the students completed. Depending on the grades of the papers, the teacher will decide whether more examples or another lesson on needs and wants should be provided.
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