I am a fourth-grade reading, writing and social studies teacher at a Title I school in Virginia. My two classes consist of approximately fifty students, including students receiving special education services, English Language Learners, as well as gifted learners.
For many of my students, school is more than just a place to learn, but a source of stability and nurturing.
Some of my students have been through more in their young lives than most adults. My hope is to provide the students with a safe and fun place to learn! Over the years, I have worked very hard at turning our classroom into our "Home Sweet Classroom"!
As a child, I was a struggling reader. In fact, I hated reading. This is something that I am very open about with my students because I know many of them to wear the same shoes as I once did. However, I have developed a profound love for children's literature, so here we are today! I pride myself on making reading fun by selecting powerful and fun literature to share with the students.
Every year, we do a Maya Angelou study as part of our Black History Month celebration. We focus our learning around her all month. The students learn her history, dissect her poetry, and write their own poems. Every year we add more to our study and make it better than the year before.
The activities we do not only teach us about her life, but they help us learn about ourselves as well.
The materials in this project will be used throughout the study. We will use the paint, brushes, and cotton balls to create a giant rainbow to display in the hallway, which will be surrounded by color poems the students write on paint swatches.
The large paper and crayons will be used to create silhouettes of the students in which we fill in all of their positive character traits, which are picked by their peers.
I hope you consider being a part of this amazing unit and support our project!
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