Grade 2 Wants and Needs

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised July 2011

Unit 2

Subject Social Studies                                             

Grade 2

Unit: Wants and Needs                                           

Pacing: October

Essential Question(s):

What are the differences between wants and needs?

Big Idea(s):

There is a difference between wants and needs.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)



1.10.1: Identify the resources needed to fulfill wants and needs.


2.1.1: Access information from print materials with assistance.

2.1.2: Use dictionaries and other print materials to gather information.

2.3: Write one –to two – sentence descriptions of historical events people and/or places.

2.4: Ask relevant questions on social studies topics



“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)




Needs – Things you have to have in order to live (food, clothing, shelter).

Wants–Things you would like to have.






































Identify the resources needed to fulfill wants and needs.







Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

Pre-Assessment 1.10.1


Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

Post-Assessment 1.10.1.


Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Big and/or Small Books.

Worksheet page 10, 27

Pre-Assessment Worksheet 1.10.1

Post-Assessment Worksheet 1.10.1

Non-fiction pieces:

            “Growers of Food” by Brenda B Covert

Quick Reads:

            “Houses” (page 43)

            “An Important New Food” (page 41)

            “Houses in the City” (page 61)

            “What is a house? (page 53)

            “Food” (page 85)



Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:



Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections