Teacher guide Needs verses Wants - Making Choices

TLF ID M019322

This is a resource about consumer choices and the difference between needs and wants. It is presented as a teacher guide with learning activities that include making decisions about purchasing items based on available resources and defining and identifying needs and wants. The resource includes: learning outcomes; a description; setting the scene information; two work tasks; worksheets; and links to additional resources.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a very useful resource for the year 5 Economics and Business curriculum. It is particularly relevant for the content description that refers to making choices when there are limited resources and the difference between needs and wants. Work task 1 of the resource engages students in defining a want and a need. It also involves students in making decsions about wants and needs for different people who have different roles, situations or interests.
  • The resource is also relevant for the year 5 content description that refers to influences on consumer choices and methods that can be used to help make informed choices. Work task 2 involves students in a game where they play the role of a fisherman and have to purchase necessary items to make a living. Reflection after each game allows students to see how circumstances of the game and choices they made affected the outcome. Students also consider how the outcome could have been different or improved.
  • Work task 2 of the resource may have some relevance for the Mathematics curriculum, particularly for number and place value. In work task 2 of the resource, students use addition and subtraction up to 1000.
Year level


Learning area
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Economics and business

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: AgriFood Skills Australia
  • Organization: AgriFood Skills Australia
  • URL: http://www.agrifoodskills.net.au/
  • Publisher
  • Name: AgriFood Skills Australia
  • Organization: AgriFood Skills Australia
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: http://www.agrifoodskills.net.au/
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • © AgriFood Skills Australia 2015. Except where indicated otherwise, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/deed.en