I work in a Title I school which has a growing Hispanic and Burmese population. I have a diverse and wonderful classroom of 22 second graders. Sixteen of my 21 students speak limited English and 4 students speak no English. I have 3 students who have special needs. I love them all!
I am reminded daily of the limited background my students have of their environment.
The students come from hard-working families. My students work hard everyday to overcome the many obstacles in their lives. They need someone who cares about THEM and their learning.
We are using the Lucy Calkins Reading Workshop program where the children read independently for a length of time. I have children who are just learning our English language and I also have students who are struggling readers for various reasons. My current classroom library is not equipped with the “just right” books for my children. I want to provide books that my students can pick up, read, and begin to grow in their confidence and their love of reading!
Kids need to read books that they can both decode (read the words) and comprehend (understand the meaning).
We call this a “just right” book, or a book that is at the child's instructional level.
“Just right” books will challenge but not overly frustrate a child. Children are motivated by and can learn from a wide range of text levels. The more just “right books” a child reads, the better reader he or she will become!
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