My students are a diverse and inspiring groups of 10 and 11 year olds. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from Mexico to Morocco, Somalia to the Philippines, and many speak or understand more than one language.
My students are curious and eager scholars.
They love learning new vocabulary words, tackling difficult math problems and having respectful, yet heated, debates.
At our school, we come together to explore, question and create in order to do better work and be better people than we ever thought possible. I have the honor to teach students that strive to live out this vision on a daily basis.
I am looping up with my students this coming year (I am going to have the same students for 5th that I had for 4th), so I have the unique opportunity to revitalize my classroom library with specific students in mind. All the books on this list fulfill at least one of these three criteria: the book supports understanding of a topic my students will be learning about in 5th grade (e.g. human rights, natural disasters), it fits my goal to create a classroom library with a diverse set of protagonists or it was a book I knew a specific student or group of students would find interesting (I had them vote on books and some of them made it on this list!)
Through this list of books, I want to inspire my students.
I want to inspire them to read, so I chose books I know they will find interesting. I want to inspire them to see the beauty in who they are, so I chose books that have kids on the covers that are similar to them in some way. Last but not least, I want to inspire them to be better world citizens, so I chose books with a diverse set of people and situations in order to expand their understanding of the human experience.
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