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Need vs. Want Bingo Game

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: K - 2

Enhance your primary grade economics lessons with a few rounds of Needs vs. Wants Bingo!

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Spice up your social studies lessons with a fun and exciting game of Needs vs. Wants  Bingo. This game is designed to be used as a whole group practice activity during your Goods and Services unit or for Social Studies lessons on topics like community, economics, and occupations. 

This resource provides opportunities to answer the following essential questions.

  • What is the difference between a need and a want?
  • What are some needs and wants examples?

👨‍🏫💈🛒Want vs. Need Bingo Gameplay🛒💈👨‍🏫

  1. Provide each student with a game board and counters as board markers.
  2. Pull a clue card from the stack and read it aloud. 
  3. Students will listen to the need or want described and attempt to locate an image representing it on their game board.
  4. The first student to get four in a row wins!

Through this activity, students will learn the difference between need and want and be able to make better choices on how to spend time or money on things.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

This resource requires very little preparation to implement in the classroom. Simply download and print the PDF or Slides version of the resource, grab some gameboard markers, and you’re ready to go!

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This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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