Focus Question: How do our needs and wants impact our choices?
Students will be guided through the process of identifying a community need and researching organizations that address that need. Based on presentations of available organizations, students will decide how scarce funds should be spent.
The learner will:
- distinguish between wants and needs.
- compare the ways families and communities solve disputes about spending their scarce resources.
- select a community need and defend it, as the most important, with supporting reasons.
- use electronic resources to research philanthropic organizations
- organize research information and design a visual presentation
- assess the value of organizations using comparison and contrast.
- explain the influence of objective and subjective factors upon the process of decision making.
The students may present their findings to a nonprofit organization and give them a check to support their work.
A written essay will serve as the assessment of lesson objectives.
Interactive Parent / Student Homework:
See Attachment Two: School/Home ConnectionóDecisions, Decisions! Wants vs. Needs from Lesson One: Finding the Seed of Need.
Although designed for middle school students, this unit is applicable for high school students with some modification.
See individual lessons for benchmark detail.
Lessons Developed By:
Cedar Springs Public Schools
Cedar Springs Middle School
204 E Muskegon St
Cedar Springs, MI 49319
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