Parents: These are the student check-in prompts for this lesson. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you want to see how your student responded to any of these prompts.
A great way to follow up is to ask your child the following questions:
The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, identify what level they are on, and to help them understand the interconnection between needs.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a popular motivation theory that is widely referred to in educational circles. In this theory, Abraham Maslow suggested that before individuals meet their full potential, they need to satisfy a series of needs. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs provides a reminder and framework that our students are less likely to perform at their full potential if their basic needs are unmet.
Review the graphic of Maslow’s Hierarchy. Ask your child:
Invite students to share their graphic organizer of what motivates them from class today.
Ask your child:
Invite your child to share any other comments, thoughts, feelings, further questions, etc. Be sure to validate what they share.
Read the true story “Homeless to Harvard” with your child. Highlight the examples of the levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs described in the article. Invite your child to add a + sign if the need is being met in the article and a – sign if the need is unmet. Do the first couple of sentences together.
Brainstorm some examples of unfulfilled needs that did occur or could have occurred in the story (but aren’t cited) and have students research local community resources that David and his family could have turned to for help in meeting those needs if they lived in your local area. Show students that there is help available and many times it’s free or low cost; all they have to do is ask or let someone know what’s going on. Use this as an opportunity to help your child (and family) recognize the services that are available in your own community.
This is also a great opportunity to discuss and decide as a family how you are going to interact with and help those who are less fortunate.
This is also a great opportunity for you as a parent to share what you are doing to help meet your child’s needs including the sacrifices that you make as a family to make sure everyone is taken care of.
Help your child understand that even as adults we also have needs. Describe what you do to take care of your own needs. Model the strategies of identifying your needs and addressing your needs.
Review the strategies with your child. Ask:
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