Grade K-2

Rumble, Grumble, Gurgle, Roar

Updated: June 25 2015,
Author: Mickey Ebert

This lesson is about wants. Little Penguin is hungry and she wants to eat. This story is about how Little Penguin tries to get what she wants.


peguinsEverybody has wants. Students want toys, clothes, and treats to eat. Students want stories to be read to them, songs to be sung to them, and fun things to do. This introductory economic lesson allows students to find out that everybody has wants – even if you are a penguin!

Learning Objectives

  • Define economic wants as things people would like to have.

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peguinIn this lesson the students will discover that people have economic wants. As the students hear the story about Little Penguin, they will recognize that Little Penguin wants to eat. She is hungry. The questions that follow the story will lead the students to understand that people have wants, too. At the end of the lesson, the students may draw pictures of their wants to share their wants with their friends.

To introduce the concept of wants, it is important for the students to find out that everyone has wants. Have the students read Rumble, Grumble, Gurgle, Roar.

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[NOTE: The distinction between wants and needs is not part of this lesson. Some children may state that Little Penguin NEEDED to eat. Just reinforce that needs are also wants.

To use this as a science lesson, it would be appropriate to discuss what some wants are for other animals. Do squirrels want to eat fish? Do squirrels have other wants? Do rabbits eat fish? What do rabbits want to eat?]


The students will have learned that everybody has wants.


Instruct the students to draw a picture of their wants.

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