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Bear Wants More

A delightful story told in verse of a bears desire for more and more food once he awakens from his long winter nap. Will bears friends want more food, too?

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Goods & Services, Supply & Demand, Economic Wants.

Author: Karma Wilson
Published: 2003
Grade Level: PreK – 2
Accelerated Reader Level/Points: .5
Publisher: McElderry Books

Comprehension Questions

What type good does bear eat first to try and satisfy his want for food?

Fresh blades of grass

List the goods that each of the following animals provided or helped bear obtain, all of which did not satisfy his economic wants.

Mouse strawberries, hare – fresh clover, badger – fish

Explain how Gopher, Mole, Raven, and Wren finally managed to satisfy Bears economic wants at least for the time being!

They gave him a springtime party complete with yummy honey cakes. Bear ate so many honey cakes that he finally got full.

Do you think Bears economic wants will be all satisfied when he gets up?

No! He will be hungry again.

What are some of your economic wants?

Answers will vary: pizza, toys, clothes, games, etc. Stress that services also are wants that people have: dentist care, haircuts, car repair, police protections, etc.

In real life, how do people get most of their economic wants?

We usually buy them with money we have earned, usually by working. Sometimes we get money that people have given us to spend.

What are some examples of wants that people don’t buy?

Friendship, love, acceptance, trust, etc.

Besides providing bear with a good (honey cakes), what other kinds of economic want did the springtime party provide for him?

The party provided a leisure activity of enjoying time with his friends. Leisure is something that people want very much.