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Needs and Wants for Primary Students

Needs and Wants for Primary Students

This is a lesson that a kindergarten or first grade teacher can use for a social studies lesson on needs and wants.  It is an interactive lesson and ideas on extending the lesson even further are given.


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Andrea Perry
Andrea Perry (Student)
9 years ago

This is a wonderful lesson design for kindergarten or first grade students. The content is audience appropriate and the objective is clearly stated of differentiating between needs and wants. The multimodal (literary, non-literary, digital, and social) presentation of content reflects UDL principles and opens the material up to a diverse group of learners with different strengths, abilities, and learning styles. Also, proper attention has been given to motivation, socialization, audience, and technology needs—which are fundamentals of good instructional design. Many technologies are used to support this lesson, which makes it usable for a wider group of instructors that may have access to only some of the technologies involved in the lesson plan. While I have not tested the effectiveness of this lesson in the classroom, I believe it would be effective because the content is relevant, the lesson incorporates strong pedagogy, and it is enhanced and supported by technology.

Technical Remarks:

One hyperlink is broken in the lesson plan, but otherwise everything functioned as it should.

Time spent reviewing site: 35
Anna Cajiga
Anna Cajiga (Teacher (K-12))
9 years ago

The lesson aligns very well with Instructional Design principles. It starts with a clear learning objective and makes this objective clear to students. Students are given opportunities to understand the difference between needs and wants in several contexts - through literature, discussion, real world examples, and an Interactive Whiteboard activity. Including multiple representations of the content also makes the activity more accessible to a variety of learning styles.

In this lesson, technology is used to support learning. More specifically, this lesson uses SmartBoard technology and the ELMO document camera to engage students. This is an effective face to face instructional strategy because it enhances a traditional lecture or discussion to become more visual and interactive.

Strong and effective instructional strategies are used in this lesson, including the activation of prior knowledge, higher-level questioning, think-pair-share, and home involvement to reinforce learning. This lesson also suggests ideas to extend learning, which makes the lesson conform to Universal Design for Learning principles - the lesson is designed in a way that it is accessible to learners on many different levels.

The lesson plan briefly mentions to possibility of using a digital camera to create a needs and wants video with students. This sounds like a promising extension activity. To improve this resource, I would like to hear more about the author's thoughts and experiences with this video project - specific expectations for the video, how learning would be assessed, etc. Further developing this portion of the lesson could further enhance the socialization and motivation aspects of this instructional resource.

Technical Remarks:

The link provided to the needs and wants Interactive Whiteboard lesson is only a .jpg image of what the screen would look like and cannot actually be used to drag and drop the items into the proper column. However, this link does provide a good visual representation to support teachers as they create their own Interactive Whiteboard file to be used in the classroom.

The link to the Home Connection Worksheet does not function properly.

Time spent reviewing site: 35 minutes