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Exploring needs and wants


Students review pictures of items and decide which ones are needs and which are wants.

Big idea

Understanding the difference between needs and wants can help you make spending decisions that are best for you.

Essential questions

  • What is a need?
  • What is a want?


  • Distinguish between needs and wants
  • Consider how understanding the difference between needs and wants can be helpful

What students will do

  • Sort cards showing different items based on whether they’re needs or wants.
  • Answer questions about their decisions.

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Note: Please remember to consider your students’ accommodations and special needs to ensure that all students are able to participate in a meaningful way.