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"Fish in a Tree" by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, is about a girl named Ally who feels she is not as smart as other students. She talks to herself negatively about what others might think of her and what she lacks knowing. Mr. Daniels, her teacher, discovers that Ally has dyslexia and pushes her to see her strengths. Ally is not the only character in the novel though that experiences doubt and change. The novel describes a variety of characters that struggle with academics, friendship, and personal strengths. I believe this project will make a difference in my students' learning because they will be able to build connections, life-long meaning, and a growth mindset, cultivating self-discovery. Fourth grade is a different time in a student's life. They are no longer third graders but not quite fifth graders. They are figuring out who they are and are clearly aware of their academic strengths and difficulties. Most of the time, I believe my students feel they are alone in their academic struggles. Although I remind them that they are absolutely not alone, I believe "Fish in a Tree" teaches this concept in a fun and engaging way that allows students to emotionally connect to the text. In order to build meaning, students will keep a journal where they will record new predictions, understandings, and personal sketches influenced by the text. Students will analyze each of the characters over the course of the novel study and be asked to identify with at least one. Also, students will use collaborative groups to discuss daily reading tasks. Please help start the new school year off with a fun and impacting read aloud!

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"Fish in a Tree" by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, is about a girl named Ally who feels she is not as smart as other students. She talks to herself negatively about what others might think of her and what she lacks knowing. Mr. Daniels, her teacher, discovers that Ally has dyslexia and pushes her to see her strengths. Ally is not the only character in the novel though that experiences doubt and change. The novel describes a variety of characters that struggle with academics, friendship, and personal strengths. I believe this project will make a difference in my students' learning because they will be able to build connections, life-long meaning, and a growth mindset, cultivating self-discovery. Fourth grade is a different time in a student's life. They are no longer third graders but not quite fifth graders. They are figuring out who they are and are clearly aware of their academic strengths and difficulties. Most of the time, I believe my students feel they are alone in their academic struggles. Although I remind them that they are absolutely not alone, I believe "Fish in a Tree" teaches this concept in a fun and engaging way that allows students to emotionally connect to the text. In order to build meaning, students will keep a journal where they will record new predictions, understandings, and personal sketches influenced by the text. Students will analyze each of the characters over the course of the novel study and be asked to identify with at least one. Also, students will use collaborative groups to discuss daily reading tasks. Please help start the new school year off with a fun and impacting read aloud!

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