Help me give my students an appropriately leveled classroom library with quality books for reading that will allow their reading experience to be empowered.
This project expired on January 29, 2020.
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This school year, I have the privilege of teaching and encouraging 3rd grade special education students who are struggling with learning disabilities that make reading and math a challenge. My students come to school with hopes of learning to read and write, but more than that, to feel successful and accepted. Although they have many obstacles, in class, they feel like they are important and learn to believe in themselves. Like Dr. Seuss said, "Every child can learn, just not at the same time or in the same way".
Our students walk into a class, that as the year progresses, becomes their school family.
We are together in the good, the bad and the not so good. We are there when they laugh, when they cry, when they are upset and when they are excited. We witness the growth and milestones reached.
We are thankful for the wonderful teachers, parents, staff and donors that sow seeds for our students today that make the availability of resources possible.
In my classroom, I have allowed flexible seating (couch, 3 wobble chairs, 5 stools, and two rug areas) and I have a bookshelf/book stand in a decorated reading nook to highly encourage reading to 3rd grade students who are in the emergent stages of reading.
I have a strong belief that if they have diverse and exciting encounters with literature, they will by motivated and grow an inclination towards reading.
For this reason, the iPad would be used as a Reading Tool to read with a partner. The iPad comes with a jack that allows 2-5 headphones to be plugged in simultaneously, allowing struggling readers to read along to a story together. The stylus would allow students to participate in the writing activities directly on the iPad as well.
In addition, the "Magic Tree House" books and other chapter books are easy reads for these students who have never even attempted to read a chapter book before. As their confidence builds up, they will be able to challenge themselves with books that are achievable and realistically possible to read. Since these books are in a series written by the same author, they will have the opportunity to continue to read books with the same style and text structure.
Students with learning disabilities need multi-sensory approaches to learning that allow their senses to be engaged when acquiring new knowledge or practicing. They will use the dry erase boards to engage in writing opportunities within the daily lessons and teacher led centers. I have noticed that students are more engaged when holding a board and marker versus a paper and pencil. The 24 book bins would keep all the 80 books organized by author and theme, in addition to the small library I currently have.
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