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Community Needs and Wants Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: K - 2

Enhance your primary-level economics instruction with a wants and needs worksheet.

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Teaching young children the difference between things they need and want isn’t a task that should be taken lightly, but it’s an essential part of early childhood education. Much like the alphabet or basic addition, primary grade students need a firm understanding of their own needs and how to determine when something is a need or want.

To use, students look at everyday objects such as clothing, donuts, water, etc., and determine if that object is a need or a want. This worksheet will work well as a discussion starter or an easy formative assessment.

How to Use

  • Print one copy of the worksheet for each student, and you are ready to go! An answer key is included for your convenience.

Scaffolding and Extension Tips 

  • Challenge fast finishers to write their own lists or books of examples of needs and wants.
  • To support struggling students, have them work with partners or in small groups to decide on the correct answers.
  • Use the editable version and add images to enhance this needs and wants worksheet for kindergarten.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the download button to download the resource file. Open the file, print your copies, and you are ready to get moving. 

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This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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