Students unpacked each of their identified factors that affect quality of life and placed their components on a spectrum from need to want. For example, access to food is important, however access to healthy food is even better. We may want an ice cream sundae, but we need nutritional food to fuel our bodies and keep us healthy. Playing for children is a basic need, but playing with fancy toys is a want. The discussion that came out of this project was inspiring, to say the least, as student identified needs and wants, and explained their representation visually.
The Story of a Soccer Ball
Of particular interest to many of our students who enjoy playing/watching sports, an offshoot discussion around makeshift sports equipment proved to be quite powerful in our discussion around needs vs wants. One thing students across the world have in common is their determination to play - no matter the cultural, linguistic, political, or financial climate of where they live. Our grade three students listened to the story of two children: Benny - a boy growing up in the depression playing hockey with a tree branch for a stick and frozen horse manure for a puck, and an unnamed boy in the following video who fashions himself a soccer ball out of plastic bags and other materials he collects around his community in Ghana.
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