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Old 11-15-2008, 04:23 PM
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needs and wants thanksgiving

Does anyone have a lesson plan or activities that would be for a thanksgiving lesson that would be on needs and wants.... My standard is needs and wants, but my unit is thanksgiving and I need them to go together...
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:30 PM
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No I don't. Is there anyway you can do then and now?

You could compare children, thanksgiving dinner, or just then and now in general in a flip book form such as then they got milk from a cow, now I go to my refrigerator.

I am trying to think how wants and needs could tie in. Maybe you could cover how pilgrim kids worked so their needs were met and now they work and get rewarded with their wants
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:36 PM
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How about the want and need regarding foods that we eat at T-giving dinner. For ex. Talking about what would happen if there were only a few turkeys for people to buy. What would happen to the price? etc.
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Old 11-15-2008, 06:30 PM
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Students can separate things they need to prepare thanksgiving dinner vs. things they would want to have included in their thanksgiving dinner.

If its a young group, they could group pictures on a board based on needs vs wants.

They could tell why those items they have chosen are a need and not a want.
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Old 11-15-2008, 07:03 PM
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I don't know what grade level you have, but regardless, you could do a lesson distinguishing needs (what is necessary to survive) from wants (everything above an absolute need). For instance, we may want coke and BBQ, but all we need is basic food and water. Perhaps they could create a chart to demonstate the difference: needs on one side and wants on the other. They could write it (older) or cut and past pictures (younger).

They might also brainstorm items they have in their homes, then decide if they are needs or wants. It might be quite eye-opening for a child to see that his Wii is not truly a need, but only a want.
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Old 11-15-2008, 07:14 PM
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I love needs and wants as a lesson during Thanksgiving and Christmas. We usually use the word "blessing" as I am a private program, but it could be easily changed to "thankful for:".

Many people do the projects where they write the things they are thankful for on the feathers of a turkey. We do that in the beginning. Then when the feathers come in I have the children think about what they things on the feathers were that they had to have, and again what they love but don't really need. The Wii becomes a want, the Barbies and so on. The favorite food and the people in their families become a need (yes, if I had someone in foster care I would have a different talk).

Then as the children start to brag about what they are going to get for the holidays I remind them wants are wonderful-but that is what they are wants, not needs-and not everyone wants the same things.

If your past/present is a problem you could use the pilgrims life to represent a life much closer to needs and discuss how many wants we think we need-like the computer and the electricity.
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Old 11-16-2008, 12:25 PM
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Packing for the Mayflower

I teach wants and needs when we talk about what the Pilgrims packed in their trunks for their journey to the New World. We talk about what they would need once they arrived: bedding, things to cook with, clothing, building tools, etc. They could only take what they needed to survive because each family was allowed one trunk. Everything else they had to build, or make once they got there. Then I have the students think about what they would take in THEIR family's trunks. We talk about the difference of wants and needs as they are making their list or drawing what they will take.
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Old 11-16-2008, 01:30 PM
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Do you have Kidspiration loaded on your computers in school? I use one of the graphic organizers on that program for the kids to create a visual representation of what they understand about wants and needs.
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Old 11-16-2008, 02:32 PM
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I tie needs and wants in with what we are thankful for. One way I've had them show it is by taking two paper plates. I cut a 1/4 wedge out of the top one. They attach them with a brad in the center. On the top plate (the one with the piece missing) they write "I am thankful for" The bottom plate is divided into 4 parts and in each section they illustrate and label something they are thankful for. Two must be needs and two must be wants.

I have no idea if I described that adequately at all! But basically you turn the top plate to see each of the 4 things on the bottom plate.
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Old 11-16-2008, 03:10 PM
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I teach wants and needs when we talk about what the Pilgrims packed in their trunks for their journey to the New World. We talk about what they would need once they arrived: bedding, things to cook with, clothing, building tools, etc. They could only take what they needed to survive because each family was allowed one trunk. Everything else they had to build, or make once they got there. Then I have the students think about what they would take in THEIR family's trunks. We talk about the difference of wants and needs as they are making their list or drawing what they will take.
I like this idea, what book do you read to go with this lesson?
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