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  • Horace May Elementary School
  • Bemidji, MN
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households

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The books I have chosen are some of the most popular books of my fifth graders each year. My philosophy is that kids learn to read by reading. I teach reading by having kids read a book of their choice in small groups of up to four. They learn how to coach each other for accuracy, fluency, and expression while reading aloud each day. They also begin each session with a discussion of what they read the day before. Comprehension skills I have taught are applied in their literature circle discussions and assignments. "Can we do lit circles?" That is a question my students beg for by December. Even my most reluctant, struggling readers shift from hating to reading to enjoying, if not loving to read. The kids enjoy the freedom to choose books they're interested in reading and to read with classmates of their choice. They grow to be able to comment on improvement they see in each other. Believe me, those comments mean a lot more coming from a classmate than the teacher. Kids become more confident, and their reading ability grows more than the expected rate. By having more multiple copies of a variety of titles in the classroom, kids have more flexibility in choosing a literature circle book. There aren't always enough copies of a book in the library. Also, in the fall of 2018, our school district is opening a new 4th and 5th grade school that I will be moving to. The plan is that the other elementary schools will send some of their library books to stock the new school's library. I'm afraid there won't be as many titles with enough copies for kids to choose from. The donation of the books I have chosen will benefit the kids for years to come.

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The books I have chosen are some of the most popular books of my fifth graders each year. My philosophy is that kids learn to read by reading. I teach reading by having kids read a book of their choice in small groups of up to four. They learn how to coach each other for accuracy, fluency, and expression while reading aloud each day. They also begin each session with a discussion of what they read the day before. Comprehension skills I have taught are applied in their literature circle discussions and assignments. "Can we do lit circles?" That is a question my students beg for by December. Even my most reluctant, struggling readers shift from hating to reading to enjoying, if not loving to read. The kids enjoy the freedom to choose books they're interested in reading and to read with classmates of their choice. They grow to be able to comment on improvement they see in each other. Believe me, those comments mean a lot more coming from a classmate than the teacher. Kids become more confident, and their reading ability grows more than the expected rate. By having more multiple copies of a variety of titles in the classroom, kids have more flexibility in choosing a literature circle book. There aren't always enough copies of a book in the library. Also, in the fall of 2018, our school district is opening a new 4th and 5th grade school that I will be moving to. The plan is that the other elementary schools will send some of their library books to stock the new school's library. I'm afraid there won't be as many titles with enough copies for kids to choose from. The donation of the books I have chosen will benefit the kids for years to come.

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