My students come from very low-income homes. Unfortunately, very few come in with supplies for school. Our district has done a wonderful job in investing in a new curriculum that promotes enjoyable reading and writing for all. However, students are not being as successful as they could be because we do not have as many books as we could. My goal is to change this in my classroom.
I teach Language Arts and Social Studies to 25 fifth graders throughout the day.
Many of these readers are below grade-level, and I want to provide them with materials that will inspire them to read more.
Every year new students enter my classroom. All students have different backgrounds, stories, and interests. One goal I have every new school year is to identify the most reluctant readers and help them find books that they love. To be successful at this, first, I need many diverse books in the classroom library. The more book options available in the classroom, the more likely a student can find a book to love.
The easiest way to connect students to books, is by reading aloud to them.
Many of these books will be class read-alouds. Class read-alouds allow students to listen, enjoy a book, and discuss their thoughts with their peers. We will do several author studies. The first one will be with the Robert Munsch books including Mortimer and Wait and See. Another one will be with Dav Pilkey books including Kat Kong and Dogzilla. I'm also very excited to introduce students to the inspiring books about some of their favorite athletes: Lebron James and Stephen Curry. These books will have a huge impact in my classroom, and in developing my students' love for reading.
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