Students can identify the differences between wants and needs.
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This website, which enables teachers to download an interactive Smartboard resource, could be used by Kindergarten teachers to assist students in understanding the differences between needs and wants. This resource also provides students with an opportunity to develop critical inquiry and information organisation skills (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011; McInerney & McInerney, 2010) as the Smartboard file contains brainstorming and categorisation games and activities. As this resource is sixteen slides in length it would be wise for teachers to use this file over the course of three lessons to ensure that students have a clear understanding of the differences between needs and wants. For example, the first lesson could focus on students’ prior understandings of what needs and wants are (slides 1-3); the second lesson could explore examples of needs in students’ daily lives (slides 4-10); and the final lesson could develop students’ critical thinking skills (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011) as they learn to categorise items as either needs or wants (slides 11-15). Following this three-part lesson series the teacher should assess whether students understand the differences between needs and wants by leading a whole-class activity in which students create a chronological, pictorial timetable of their school day. Events would include waking up, eating breakfast, brushing teeth, attending school, eating recess and lunch, playing during break times, playing after school, eating dinner and going to bed. Following this the teacher could name each activity recorded on the timetable and ask the class to raise their hands if they think the activity is a need or a want. Such an assessment strategy would enable students to share their ideas with their peers if there was disagreement (McInerney & McInerney, 2010). Teachers could also facilitate an individual assessment activity by having students draw their most important need and their favourite want and write a sentence about each.