Activity Introduction

“Yeah, but I NEED this!!!” 

How many times have you said this to someone when, in reality, you don’t need something, you just want something? In this activity you’ll look at the differences between wants and needs and prioritise a list of things you want.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently, though it would be good to have friends and family around to discuss ideas with. 

Ideal for: Lower Secondary

Themes: 

  • think and connect

Time required: 40 minutes

Curriculum connections: Business and Economics, Personal and Social Capability, Sustainability

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes: 

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

It’s your choice – Year 7

Resources Required

  • Device with internet capability
  • Pen & paper (optional)

 

Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

My Wants And Needs - Activity Instructions

“Yeah, but I NEED this!!!” 

How many times have you said this to someone when, in reality, you don’t need something, you just want something? In this activity, you’ll look at the differences between wants and needs and prioritise a list of things you want.

For some people, it can be very difficult to tell the difference between the things they want and the things they need. Not knowing the difference can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety, as well as preventing people from being able to save money for the things that they really do need.

The only things we actually need are those which we need to survive: a place to live, clothes to keep warm, food and water. Wants are the things that, while they’re not essential, can make life more enjoyable.

Part A: Needs And Wants

Step 1. Think of five things you need and five things you want and rank them on the table below, with 1 being the thing you want or need the most.

Needs

Wants

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