Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Blueprint™
Needs and Wants
NDNAEU 1 “Sacred Relatives”, NDNAEU 3 “Sharing & Generosity”, NDNAEU 7 “Native Identity”
Compelling QuestionWhat are the essential needs in our lives? 
Standards and PracticesND Health Standard 4: Students demonstrate the ability to use communication skills to enhance health.
4.2.1 Identify healthy ways to express needs, wants, feelings, and emotions (e.g., discuss how you are a special person, listen, take turns, happy laugh, happy-cry, sad-cry).
ND Social Studies Standards
E.K_2.3 Identify consumer decisions and the difference between needs and wants.
E.3_5.8 Describe how economics have changed over time.
Staging the QuestionIf you were lost in a forest, what would be important to have with you? 
Supporting Question 1 Supporting Question 2 Supporting Question 3 
What is a want?  What is a need? What were the traditional wants and needs of the Indigenous People of North Dakota? How have wants and needs changed throughout time? 
Formative Performance TaskFormative Performance TaskFormative Performance Task
Given examples of wants and needs, students will sort items by correct category. Compare your wants and needs with the traditional wants and needs of the Indigenous People of North Dakota. Create a Past/Present T chart.
Discuss differences between traditional and contemporary wants and needs.
Featured SourcesFeatured SourcesFeatured Sources
Arthur’s TV by Marc Brown
Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco

Nothing by Jon Agee

Needs and Wants Sorting Activity

Needs and Wants (Used on Amazon)

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

How People Learn to Fish
Iktomi’s Blanket
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: Supported Claim (written/spoken) or Demonstration of Process (project-based)During a class discussion, have students explain how one item can be both a need and a want. 
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: ExtensionAfter creating a list of wants and needs, justify your answers through discussion
Taking Informed Action / Real World ApplicationClass research or discussion on how we keep our essential needs accessible to us (land, air, food and water). 
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