My students need Shared Books to improve their reading fluency. These 6 books will begin our Shared Books collection.
Reading confidently and fluently begins to help students love reading and learning. Reading texts that are magical, rhyming and rhythmical are enjoyable and engaging. Students' accuracy, fluency and comprehension are greatly improved by using the Key Links Literacy Big Books.
My students are all 4th and 5th grade refugees and immigrants who have been in the United States for less than 2 years.
A majority of them come from Africa and Southern Asia. Currently the majority of my students come from Ethiopia, Nepal, Thailand and Somalia. In the past I have also had students from Tanzania, Congo, Eritrea, Russia and Guatemala. My populations change frequently and in the past 3 years I have had students from 17 different countries and 18 languages. In my classroom they learn to speak, read and write in English so they can continue on to be successful in the US. They also learn the routine and expectations of school. A majority of my students have not been to schools similar to US schools before they come. They also gain cultural experiences that will help their families thrive in their new community.
The big books I am requesting are written with magical, rhyming and rhythmical text. These books are intended to be read once per week and everyday. Each day I focus on a different aspect in literacy. Monday we read for comprehension, Tuesday for new vocabulary, Wednesday for a phonics focus, Thursday for fluency and expression and Friday we do a writing component. Usually the writing is in the form of a class book. We take one idea from the book and change it a little bit. Because I rent these books from the public library, I have to return them after a couple weeks and cut the children's enjoyment and success short.
I can see the impact that these books have had on my students' confidence in reading.
I have seen the impact that these books have on my students' reading and reading enjoyment. The kids love to read these books during their independent reading time. I overhear them reading it accurately, fluently and with expression. If we had this set to start our collection, the students would be able to have more opportunities to read them.
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