Year 2 students are inquiring into their How We Organize Ourselves unit of inquiry, with the central idea, “A marketplace serves the needs and wants of a community in many ways.” Students have had the opportunity to role play a market in class by buying and selling various goods using play money. They enjoyed taking on roles, such as buyers, sellers, shop owners, shop assistants, and cashiers. Some of the students even tried bargaining with their peers!
We then learned about the choices people make based on needs and wants. Needs are things we must have to survive, while wants are things that we would like to have that aren’t necessary for survival. After brainstorming the differences between needs and wants, the students created a poster with pictures to show the differences. Some of them also suggested it is important to reduce, reuse, recycle, replenish and restore goods to save money.