More than half of students from low‑income households
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Animals: Facts and Fiction
Help me give my students class sets of books that are recommended by the Common Core Standards.
My fifth grade students are like fifth grade students all across the country. They are knowledgeable about the latest internet sensation, avid athletes, computer gurus, and just a bit weak in academic subjects. Our children may have spent the last three years being home-schooled on a boat, attending soccer games, or sleeping in a homeless shelter. More that 52% of our students are from low income families.
What makes my students unique is their exposure to nature through many school and district projects.
We live in a beautiful, forested area near the ocean. Many hours of learning time incorporate what nature can teach us.
"Black Beauty" and the "Quest for the Tree Kangaroo" represent stellar examples of quality fiction and nonfiction, are recommended by the Common Core Standards, and fifth graders love animal stories. Our school library only had one copy of "Black Beauty" and no copies at all of "Quest for the Tree Kangaroo". Hopefully, my students will actually be able to be in the classroom at least part of the week to receive reading materials. If school is closed, I will drive to their homes to deliver the books.
In this world of digital everything, sometimes curling up with a good book makes life feel more normal, opens the imagination, and soothes the soul.
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