LENGTH: Four 30-minute periods
Sarah Falzarano, Holly Jongema, Elizabeth Rudin, and Michael Catelli (Bedwell Elementary School, Bernardsville, NJ (Somerset Hills Regional School District)
This lesson invites students to develop an understanding of the basic concepts of needs and wants, but bring their comprehension beyond their own world. Students begin examining needs and wants of household members, and then view images from the photography book “Where the Children Sleep” to see lives of children around the world. This lesson should lead elementary school children to examine how other children around the world, including some in the United States, do have different needs and wants. This includes tangible items, for example children in Africa not having the same toys as others. Students will learn that needs are the same for everyone around the world, all kids need food/water, but wants differ around the world based on how needs are fulfilled (if you don’t have water you most likely don’t want an XBox). Students will also question and discuss how some needs guaranteed in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, for example Articles 24 and 27, are met and the difficulties guaranteeing these to all children worldwide.