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Clean water is one of the many basic needs that people have. In some countries, clean water is hard to find. People are excited to have clean water to drink. Other basic needs are food and a safe, warm place to live.

Going to a fair is fun. You can go on rides, buy toys, and eat treats. You might want to go to a fair. But it is not a need. Wants are things that people enjoy. Needs are things that people must have to live.

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Making Connections


Think of the things that your family buys. Which of these things are needs? Which of them are wants?


Pick a character from your favorite book. What are the wants and needs of that character?


What are some of the wants and needs of people around you?

Teacher Resources

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