Needs and Wants

What do people need to survive? We need air, food, water, shelter, and clothing. In this movie, you’ll learn the difference between needs, which are things people must have to live, and wants, which are things people would like to have. Is a toy car a need or a want? Find out how producers and consumers work together to buy and sell goods and services.

Needs and Wants Lesson Plan: Exploring Basic Economics

Lesson Plan Summary In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-3, students use BrainPOP Jr. resources to identify the things that humans need in order to survive. Students will explore the difference between a need and a want, analyze examples of goods and services, and distinguish between producers and consumers. Students then create a poster that relates these concepts to their real lives. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Needs and Wants Background Information for Teachers and Parents

This page contains information to support educators and families in teaching K-3 students about needs and wants The information is designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. movie Needs and Wants. It explains the type of content covered in the movie, provides ideas for how teachers and parents can develop related understandings, and suggests how other BrainPOP Jr. resources can be used to scaffold and extend student learning. See more »

Needs and Wants Activities for Kids

In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about needs and wants. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Needs and Wants topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more. See more »

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