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Needs & Wants

It feels like forever since my last blog post, but we have been CRAZY busy the last two weeks.  We finally got base housing, so I've been moving.  I cannot begin to tell how happy this has made me.  Seriously, the quality of life for my family has drastically improved by moving.  

I figured I would update you guys on a unit we just completed that I LOVED.  Seriously, this was so stinking cute.  We were learning about Needs & Wants, and I found two great resources.

First, I used this AMAZING Needs and Wants packet by Teach It With Class.

My students LOVE the Pigeon and this was a perfect way to talk about what the Pigeon really needed versus what the pigeon wanted.

My favorite part of the unit was a guided drawing lesson to teach them how to draw the Pigeon.  I used the guided drawing lesson from this unit but used the paper from Mrs. Miner's Draw It Now Guided Drawing unit.  

We also read this cute Needs and Wants Emergent Reader by Class of Kinders, but I forgot to take a picture of my kids reading.

We also did some writing at the end about our needs and wants.

I have one student with some pretty serious behavior issues.  Some days, I need a whole bunch of patience.  Since coming back from spring break, I've listened to a lot of tantrums, experienced a lot of defiance, and had may things thrown at me.  :(  However, his I Want writing was probably my proudest moment of the year.

My student came up with this all on his own!!!!  And he drew a picture about his personal sticker chart {which you can read about here}.  You can only imagine the amount of positive praise I gave him over this writing.  This student has come leaps and bounds since I started in January.  So the next time I have objects thrown at me, I'm going to try and remember this writing.  I must be doing at least something right.


  1. Just wanted to stop in a second and tell you how much I respect what you do. I teach 3 ELA blocks a day and team teach one of those blocks in an inclusion classroom. I love it, but I see how hard you guys work. :) I'm your newest follower. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. Thanks so much! I've never tried inclusion but always wondered if it would be good fit for me. I don't know if I'm good enough at sharing. ;)

  2. I work with inclusion students a lot in my general ed classroom. I know what you're talking about. I'm glad you had a happy moment with him. And thanks for sharing a great resource for teaching needs and wants! I'll have to consider that for next year.

    Mrs. Landry's Land of Learning

    1. The happy moments definitely help carry me through the tough moments! Thank goodness for those. I seriously loved the unit and would definitely recommend it.


  3. I love your post! I think I can use this in my inclusion class as well. I'm also happy to see that my little blog is still on your side bar.

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  5. Hi Angelia, Just wanted to say thanks for mentioning my Needs/Wants book! So glad that it was helpful while teaching your unit. You have an awesome blog...I am your newest follower! :-)Robin (Class of Kinders)

  6. Thank you so much for blogging about my unit! I too love this unit. It's just one of those lessons that sticks with the kids once you add in the Pigeon! Your little ones "I want" writing is too precious. Makes you thankful for the days you have all that patience for him. He needs it and it's why we do what we do.
    Thanks again!


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