This unit has taken off great! We have spent this week learning about needs and wants and their relationship with goods and services.
Learning the difference between needs and wants was a bit of a challenge because there are many things that we really feel like we need! Needs are only the items we need for survival. Wants are things that we don't need to live. We started by sorting different pictures into needs and wants. We worked with a group to put the different choices in a place and then we combined with other groups to debate our choices.
We have done a book study this week with the book, Those Shoes. This is an amazing book about needs and wants. Before reading this book, we did a writing piece to answer the question, "Should kids gets everything they want?" We all listed different things that we really want, and then did the writing.
We also did a book discussion with small groups to all answer questions about the story. Then we shared our answers with the rest of the class.
Goods are things that are made or grown that you can go to a store and buy. Services are any kind of work done by someone for someone else. We discussed and listed some different goods and services to show the difference.
We had a goods and services relay race to sort cards into two different buckets, while doing different actions on our way! We walked, hopped, skipped, tip-toed, ran, and silly danced the cards to the buckets!
We also made our own goods and services streets to show what we learned this week!
Learning about money ties in perfectly with this unit! We will be learning about coins, counting money, and personal finance. This week was all about the different coins. We made circle maps for each coin and learned a poem to go with each one.
To explore with coins, we used all four to play a fun game called "Heads and Tails" with a partner.
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