Children compare wants and needs and create a collage of wants and needs. Students clarify their understanding and interpretation of wants and needs as they compare their wants and needs with others in the room and in the world. They respond to the story Sam and the Lucky Money. Children start to reflect on ways they can empathize with and help people who have different needs than their own.
Two 45-Minute Sessions
The learner will:
One of the questions in this lesson depends on children having some prior knowledge of the needs of children in a developing country. Prior to this lesson, talk about developing countries that are in the current news and the needs of children and families in areas where resources are not available to meet basic needs. Or, read aloud a book that provides some background knowledge of children with limited resources, such as Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams.
Say, “Everyone in the world has wants and needs, which are different for each person.” Define wants and needs. Wants are desires for goods and services we would like to have but do not need. Many wants may seem like needs. Needs are a special kind of want, and refer to things we must have to survive, such as food, water, and shelter.
Encourage children to think beyond food, shelter, and clothing to some of the other things that might be needed or wanted. This will help them think about needs of a homeless person in the next lesson. For example, a homeless person may appreciate socks, a toothbrush, gently used books, stuffed animals, or a friend to play games with.
Art: follow the style of the book to paint watercolor pictures of a dragon head or make dragon masks from paper plates with colored tissue streamers
Chin, Karen.Sam and the Lucky Money. Lee and Low Books (reprint edition), 1997. ISBN: 1880000539
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