Business and Economics – Community Needs and Wants Activity


This activity pack will help your students recognise that community needs and wants are unique to each community. Australian Curriculum Aligned – Year 5.


Bring your Business and Economics lessons to life with hands-on activities that engage your students and make these, sometimes, tricky topics relevant to their lives.

Worried about teaching Business and Economics because you don’t know the difference between the NASDAQ and the All Ords? Don’t stress we’ve got you covered, and you don’t need an Economics degree or even read the business pages.

This activity pack will help your students recognise that our needs and wants are unique to each community and that as a result our priorities and buying decisions also differ.

By interacting with classmates and considering the needs of others your students will become experts in:

  • Understanding how and why our needs and wants are individual to each community.
  • Recognising how our personal needs and wants impact our consumer behaviour and the wider community.
  • How the needs and wants of communities change over time or following a major event.
  • Comparing the needs and wants of different communities to their local community.

You know they learn better when they can make real-life connections. Well, the following activities do just that:

  • Community Profile Cards for analysis and discussion – laminate these individually for repeated use OR show them on your Smart Board.
  • Community Needs and Wants? Comprehension Flipbook.
  • Our Local Community Needs and Wants Brainstorm Template.

And to make life easier for you we’ve included:

  • Detailed lesson plan

Your business and economics lessons don’t have to be as boring as the stock market report!

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Australian Curriculum Content? Consider it done!

You can tick off the following Curriculum descriptors!

  1. ACHASSI101 – Evaluate evidence to draw conclusions
  2. ACHASSI102 – Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges
  3. ACHASSK119 – explaining reasons for differences in needs and wants for different groups
  4. ACHASSI130 – Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges.
  5. ACHASSI131 – Use criteria to make decisions and judgements and consider the advantages and disadvantages of preferring one decision over others.

Additional information


Year 5, Year 6

Resource Type



Business and Economics, English, HASS


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