Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

All people have certain needs, but what are those needs and how important are they? In this lesson plan, students learn about Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and create a collage to illustrate a specific need.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will:

  • Explain Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • Create a collage highlighting one of the needs in the hierarchy


60-75 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.



  • Begin by discussing the idea of needs versus wants. Define each and talk about why needs are more important.
  • Define the idea of a hierarchy.
  • Show the video for the lesson, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Definition, Theory & Pyramid. Stop occasionally to discuss:
    • Who was Abraham Maslow?
    • What are the five components of the hierarchy of needs?
    • Give examples for each of those needs.
    • What might happen if the needs were not met?
    • Do you agree with the arrangement of the levels in the hierarchy? Why or why not?
    • Are there any needs you feel are not addressed?
  • Check for understanding.
    • Ask students if they have any questions or comments and have them share what they have learned from the lesson.
    • Have students complete the quiz.


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