I teach a fifth grade classroom filled with diverse students who are all high spirited and eager to learn. As students that attend a Title I funded school, many of them come from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, therefore I have learners on many different levels. However, despite what my students may deal with at home, I provide an environment rich with learning that feels like a second home. My students support each other and continuously encourage each other to do the best that they can do and frequently acknowledge each other's accomplishments. As a first year teacher, I have been blessed with a kind-hearted and inclusive classroom full of lifelong learners.
In elementary school, developing comprehension and fluency are two of the most important skills when it comes to literacy. My class has completed two novel studies thus far in the year. Through the use of novel studies, my students can improve their comprehension skills and apply strategies previously taught in the classroom, such as summarizing chapters and identifying and describing the meanings of figurative language.
My students have had to share worn down novels with the class next door that had pages falling from the book.
The novels have been used for many years and have seen better days. My students thoroughly enjoyed Bud, Not Buddy, but were often distracted and disappointed when their novels would fall apart in their hands. With the funding, I would be purchasing a new novel set of Bud, Not Buddy for my class of eager and curious learners. My students become attached to the characters in the book and often times beg to continue reading each day. With the purchase of this novel set, I hope to be able to capture the minds of my future students and encourage them to find the enjoyment in reading that will help develop their literacy skills.
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