My students are collaborative learners focusing on an integrated program that brings together science, technology, engineering, art, and math while also showcasing avid readers and historians. My students are creative and analytical; they are problem seekers and problem solvers; they are leaders but also collaborators. My students have a wide range of strengths and weaknesses and they use one anothers' strengths to build upon areas they need to improve upon.
Each child in my classroom had elected to be a part of this program and come ready and eager to learn.
They face challenges, they push them beyond their comfort zone asking them to see beyond themselves. Instead, they focus on solving a real-world problem. In my classroom, students are applying their learning to the real world, pushing them to see beyond the classroom into the community and world they live in.
Every year the students in my class anxiously await the release of the Bluebonnet Books Master List so they can read the selected imaginative and diverse stories presenting at the Texas Book Festival. Students who read at least five of these books are allowed to vote for their favorite in a nationwide contest and they can’t wait to learn if their favorite wins.
In my class, the students take it a step further and present their top 5 Bluebonnet Books in imaginative projects.
These projects range from traditional poster board presentations, to podcasts, to mobiles, to wherever their imagination takes them. Last year we had a 3D cake, where each slice represented their favorite 5 books; we had a graphic novel review representation of each book; and many other wonderful projects. The projects demonstrate their understanding of summary, persuasive text, and their ability to present information.
But first we need the books. Having a class set of these books in the classroom will give my students access to these wonderful books and allow them to participate not only in the national voting but our classroom Bluebonnet Project as well.
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