My school is a public Title I school with ninety percent of the population receiving free or reduced lunch support. The students are over 70% English language learners, many of which are in the country for the first year learning the language. We have a total school population of almost 800 students. Our school serves a general academic population as well as three exceptional services education classes that are self-contained as well as four autism spectrum disorder classrooms. Additionally, we have four early childhood classrooms which are largely populated by medical recommendations.
With eight copies of these eight titles, I will be able to place these books in all third grade classroom libraries so all students will have increased access to the books for reading for our school wide battle of the books contest. We challenge every third grade student to read all eight books throughout the year and then have a class battle of the books to show off comprehension of the books.
Third grade is often the first time students explore chapter books.
We have created a list of eight titles that will introduce students to amazing series and authors.
Our students are economically unable to purchase their own copies so having equitable access is very important to our student population. In addition, the majority of our students live in homes where English is not their home language. We want to bring these books into their homes.
Our goal for our 3rd grade Battle of the Books program is to ignite the love of reading and to introduce series and authors to our students in preparation for "what do I read next?"
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