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Social Studies Unit Plan

Unit Topic: Wants and Needs
Unit Goals

Grade One

Unit 4

1) Recognize that all people have similar needs(1.4.1)
– Give examples of how wants vary from person to person due to a variety of factors.
2) Demonstrate age-appropriate actions that show respect for other people’s needs and
wants
– Identify different ways people’s needs and wants are met(1.4.1)
3) Give examples of services/facilities that meet the needs and wants of people(1.4.2)
– Recognize the importance of volunteer work
4) Recognize the need for people to co-operate with each other in their community to meet
their various needs and wants (1.4.2)
5) Identify some of the factors that influence their choices as consumers(1.4.2)
6) Recognize the difference between goods and services(1.4.3)
– Give examples to show that communities produce different goods
7) Recognize that services available in one community may be different from those
available in other communities (1.4.3)

Lesson Title
All People
Have Needs

R-E-S-P-E-CT

Specific
Objectives
Have students
understand that
people have
similar needs but
wants change
from person to
person.
(1.4.1)

Methods/
Activities
In this lesson the
teacher will read
a story called
“The Giving
tree”. Next the
class will discuss
the needs of the
boy in the story.
After this play a
game with the
students where
they classify
needs and wants.
When the game is
over go over the
answers with the
students. Lastly
have the children
draw images of
the needs and
wants they
learned in the
lesson.
Students should
Have students
be able to show
bring in an item
respect for others that shows their
needs and wants. needs and one

Resources
“The Giving
Tree”
The link below
is the
definitions used
for the lesson.
http://peters
onspad.blogspot.ca
/search/label/
Wants%20or
%20Needs

The link below
is an example of
an anchor chart
used for the

Assessment Strategies
and criteria
Have students draw
wants and needs in their
journal. Evaluate their
understanding by what
they represented in their
drawings.

Have students do three
stars about what they
learned and a wish about
what they wish they had

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Also they should
know how the
needs and wants
are going to be
met.
(1.4.1)

Caring is
Sharing

Community
Involvement

that shows their
wants. Next have
a discussion
about what
respect means.
During the
discussion create
an anchor chart so
the students have
something to look
back on. After the
discussion have
the students go
around in a circle
and share their
items with the
class. After this
have every
student place
their items at their
seat and have the
class walk around
looking at the
objects and
treating the need
and want items
with respect.
Have students
Have a volunteer
understand the
from a
importance of
community
volunteer
volunteer service
services and
come in and share
recognize
why it is
services that
important to
offer this reward. volunteer. After
(1.4.2)
this discuss other
organizations that
offer volunteer
services.
Students should
Have a guest
know what
speaker from a
community
soup kitchen
services are in
come in and talk
their community about the services
to help meet the that a soup
needs of
kitchen would

lesson.
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headache.
blogspot.ca
/2012/08/
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learned. Evaluate their
understanding about
what they have learned
and revisit what they
wish they had learned.

The link below
is where one
could contact
Halifax
Volunteer
Services for the
guest speaker.
http://www.halif
ax.ca
/
volunteerservice
s/
The link below
is where one
could contact a
guest speaker
for the lesson.
http://www.
hopecottage.ca

Make notes during the
presentation and
discussion and base the
assessment on what is
discussed in the
discussion.

Collect the drawing and
look at the images .
Base the assessment on
what the students have
drawn in their drawing.

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struggling people
in the
community.
(1.4.2)

Are you a
Consumer?

Have students
recognize
influential
factors in why
they are buying
certain goods.
(1.4.2)

Goods and
Services

Students should
be able to
recognize
different goods
and services in
their
communities but
they should also
be able to give
examples of
goods and
services outside
their community.
(1.4.3)

offer people in
the community.
After the
presentation have
students pass in a
drawing of a
service that helps
people in their
community.
In small groups
have students
discuss why they
buy the things
they buy. Next as
a whole group
create an anchor
chart of why they
buy different
items. Also
discuss whether
some of the items
are needs or
wants.
Have a large
image of the
world map on the
wall in the
classroom. Have
images that are
local, provincial,
national, and
international cut
out. Next the
teacher will hold
up each image
and ask the
students where
they think it
belongs on the
map and why
they think it goes
there. This will
allow for students
to see where the
items come from

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Link for the
rubric for the
journal entry. I
would also
probably use
only the first
two rows due to
the grade level.
http://www.rcs.
k12.in.us/files/R
ubric%20for
%20Assessing
%20a
%20Journal
%20Entry.pdf
The following is
a link for a
video about
goods and
services.
https://www.yo
utube.com/watc
h?
v=wy0TrDCiqL
w
Also use the
following rubric
to asses the
three stars and a
wish.
http://www.rcs.
k12.in.us/files/R
ubric%20for
%20Assessing
%20a
%20Journal

Have students write in
their journals about what
they buy and why they
buy them. Base the
assessment on how well
they understand the
influence different ads
have on them. Use a
rubric to evaluate the
entry.

Have students do three
stars about what they
learned and a wish on
what they wished they
have learned about

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Community
Services

Students should
understand that
every
community is
different and
what might be a
service in their
community is
not a service in
another
community.
(1.4.3)

and why they
come from there.
Have a class
discussion about
how all
communities are
different. Have
students go back
to their seats and
create their own
make believe
communities and
that have to have
at least 3 services
talked about in
class. After the
drawings are
complete have the
students share
their work with
the class. While
sharing point out
how everyone put
different services
in their
community.

%20Entry.pdf
The following is
a video on what
is in a
community.
https://www.yo
utube.com/watc
h?
v=mw6RBvUm
ayA

Collect the drawings and
take notes during the
discussion and base the
assessment off of how
well they learned about
community services in
different communities.

Bibliography
Nova Scotia Department of Education.(16 Nov. 2010).Learning Outcomes Frameworks:
Primary- Grade 6. Retrieved from http://www.ednet.ns.ca/files/curriculum/P6LOFs-Aug28-2014%20(1).pdf.