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What Are Needs and Wants? Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 8 pages | Grades: K - 2

Use these free Needs and Wants Task Cards to practice identifying things that are needs and things that are wants.

Looking for a Free Needs and Wants Activity? You Found It!

Are you looking for free needs and wants activities for your kindergarten and first-grade learners? Your lesson plans are covered with a fun and exciting set of Needs and Wants Task Cards. Use these task cards to help your students practice differentiating between things they need versus things they want. The learning cards in this set are a great Social Studies formative assessment tool, center activity, or whole group learning activity.

This resource covers standards required within the following topics/grades

  • Economics – Needs and Wants for Kindergarten
  • Economics – Needs and Wants for First Grade

The Needs and Wants Task Card resource is a set of 16 cards designed to help your students practice identifying items that are needs or wants. Students will look and an image and then write whether that object is a need or want.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your Economics lessons. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by completing the activity in a small group or one-to-one learning environment.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Challenge your fast finishers to identify objects they need and want in books they read and make lists or t-charts showing their learning.

Other Ways to Use Needs and Wants Task Cards

🛴 Scoot Activity

Place the cards around the room in numerical order and give each student a recording sheet. Assign students or pairs to a starting point card. Give students time to review the card and record their answers in the corresponding space on their paper. Students will rotate to the next card when you say, “SCOOT!” Continue in this manner until students return to their starting point.

👋 Exit Ticket

Use these cards as a formative assessment after your lesson. Pick a random assortment of cards and project them on the board for the whole class to see. Students can record their answers on paper, sticky notes, or notebooks. 

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown menu on the Download button to download the color or blackline version of your choice. Print a set of cards, copy an answer sheet for your students, and you are ready to go. 

These cards work well as a whole group activity, small group activity, or a learning center completed independently. Make sure you grab a set and get your students up and learning!

Get more handy economics activities here!

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


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