Fundamental Needs of Humans

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  • A chart entitled "The Fundamental Needs of Humans"



  1. What kind of things does a person need?
  2. The discussion will probably go from food to toys.
  3. Imagine that you are on an island and you will not survive without a few very important things.
  4. What will this person need on this island that you do not need?
  5. Discuss human's needs and the similarities and differences of those needs through history and in different regions.
  6. People who lived a long time ago - and people all over the world have the same basic needs.
  7. Humans need to clothe themselves, nourish themselves, to defend themselves, to transport themselves, to shelter themselves, etc., but they also have spiritual needs : the arts, religion or a belief in something more powerful than yourself, and vanity, or pride and caring of self.
  8. Show chart.
  9. Continue to discuss related ways that different human groups have satisfied these needs or ways that these needs have been met through time.
  10. Make examples different people: the Pilgrims of Plimoth Plantation, the Native Americans in Massachusetts, the people in the South Seas, the Arctic, etc.

Control Of Error

Points Of Interest


  • To have the child come to her own conclusion that needs are constant and to show the difference in a need and a want.