Digital activity - Needs and wants
This resource helps young students consider the difference
between needs and wants.
This level helps young students consider the difference between
something that is essential for a school day, versus other things
that are not needed (either because they are not required for the
activities at the user's school, or because they are wants not
A character is presented and the students are asked to consider
what he needs for school. The teacher leads students in a
discussion about the various items shown and selects which ones are
needed for school in their own real-life situation.
A second stage presents the selected and left over items for
comparison and reflection.
This level is contextually related in that the students are
asked to choose a new T-shirt for the same character in level
1. The teacher leads students in comparing three identical T-shirts
that display different advertising. The teacher is able to show
that the T-shirts are exactly the same, even though the advertising
around each shirt is different.
Both levels contain activites that are intended for teacher-led
interaction on interactive whiteboards. Each level takes
approximately 15 minutes.
The activities can be used as a stand-alone resource or in
conjunction with the interactive book 'Ava makes a
difference' or the MoneySmart unit of work
'Pancakes can make a difference'.
Each activity is supported by teacher notes, parent notes and a
- Knowledge and understanding
- Responsibility and enterprise
- Personal and social competence
- Teacher notes and solution
- Group work
Last updated: 05 Mar 2018