My students need more 3rd grade-level books, pencils, a laminator, and laminator pouches, as well as a way to store the books they select from the classroom library!
School is about to begin, and looking at my roster, I see something beautiful. A HUGE number of my students are already reading at a 3rd grade level! As a 2nd grade teacher, this is both exciting and challenging. My classroom library is woefully under equipped for such high-level incoming readers.
I've already met several of my students at back-to-school events, and they are a curious bunch!
They're not shy about sharing their thoughts with me, and this makes me excited for all the rich conversations we will have.
Our school is located in an major IL city where the difference between the rich and the poor is sharply divided. The majority of my students live in poverty, are often surrounded by street violence, and have limited resources. Our school lacks a school library, so the burden of exposure to a variety of high-quality books falls squarely upon the shoulders of classroom teachers like me.
I am requesting several high-interest books ranging from a level M (end of 2nd grade) to a level O (middle/end of 3rd grade). I have included several books sets which I intend to use in literature circles. The more my students read and TALK about their reading, the better! I am also asking for a class set of book bags so that my students have a durable storage place for the books they select to read each week in the classroom.
Additionally, I am asking for a laminator and several sets of pencils. The laminator will be crucial for preserving essential anchor posters I will create like "How to Read with a Partner", How Does Independent Reading Look and Sound?", etc. The requested pencils will help ease the omnipresent issue of having enough of them to go around!
Second grade marks a major shift in reading.
Readers transition from learning to read to reading to learn. This project will help my students on the road to becoming self-sustaining learners and substantially increase their chances at a successful life outside poverty.
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