My students need real-world events and readings to engage them in reading, math, and science. High interest magazines are the way to do that.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." ~ Dr. Seuss My classroom of 25-30 students are at varying reading levels. My goal is to improve all students' reading skills with high interest and real-world literature.
My students are very transient, and many come from active duty military households.
Many students have moved several times in their short elementary life, and must also learn to cope with one, or both, parent(s) deployed for months at a time. Frequently, income and resources are limited, and transportation to the public library can be very difficult.
Research has shown that all students can learn when engaged in their learning. Scholastic offers high interest articles and activities about the world around them. Many articles contribute to lively class discussions and to the development of socially conscience opinions. In fifth-grade, students no longer learn to read. Instead they read to learn. My students will use these magazines independently, in small groups, and in whole groups to improve their reading, math, and science knowledge and skills. Additionally, I have found that these articles motivate my students to write!
This year our grade level will be striving to become AVID certified.
To become AVID certified, we must raise the bar for our students. AVID strives to prepare traditionally underrepresented students for higher education through instruction, culture, leadership, and systems. These magazines will offer my students readiness, by not only improving their educational skills, but confidence and ownership in their learning, by giving them relevant and challenging material to read.
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