A Place for Everything, and Everything in Its Place
My students need a mobile book organizer.
This project expired on November 14, 2010.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
Have you ever spent too much time searching for something you wanted or needed, and felt very frustrated as a result? Many books in our classroom make a print-rich environment. However, without proper organization for the books, students will find searching for their title a time-consuming task.
Third graders are open-hearted, curious, and cooperative children. My school is in an urban setting with lots of diversity. It is wonderful because it has a dedicated staff and community who always go the extra mile to ensure that our learners meet their highest potentials. Our focus on art addresses the multiple intelligences of all our students, and creates a setting that supports multi-faceted thinking and problem solving. We work extra-hard here to develop high level skills that are in line with the standards, and we also address the whole child.
Last year I was asked to change classrooms to allow a Special Education Class to have my room because they needed the sink. Although I love my new room, not only did it not have a sink, it had none of the cubbies or storage units built into the other classroom. None, zip, nada! I sold pies to purchase a classroom library unit. This does not meet our need for storage and display of our beloved 6+1 Traits mentor books. These books are invaluable for teaching the Traits, and they are also well-loved by my students for read-aloud time and independent reading. The requested book organizer will keep these special books sorted by the categories they showcase: ideas, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, voice, and conventions. We need a place where they are readily available to my students and myself, and where they can stay in good repair when not in use. Since the children use these books every day, this unit would really help us take care of our books for many years to come.
This item may seem like a luxury item, but really it isn't; organization is essential to a well-run classroom.
Without the mobile book organizer, our 6+1 Trait books will stack on top of each other on a shelf and be much less accessible. By having easy access to these books, my students will be learning from excellent models of writing by top authors everyday. Along with daily explicit teaching and writing practice, they will become excellent writers themselves, recognizing the Traits' values.
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