I work in a low income, high poverty area. My students love the idea of hands on activities and are very engaged when working on projects. Our school has recently split from a K-8 elementary school to a K-4 Elementary and a 5-8 Middle School.
We are a Title 1 school with 85% of our students receiving free/reduced lunch, many of our students do not get the opportunity to visit a public library or book store.
Our 4th grade consists of approximately 75 students, divided into 3 classrooms.
This year our district adopted a new curriculum for reading and writing. The students, and teachers, are very excited about this new curriculum and learning to connect all subjects through their reading and writing.
Our school district adopted the Lucy Calkins workshop method of teaching reading and writing this year. Our classroom libraries are missing some of the genres needed for our lessons, and the ones we have only have one copy of the text. This makes it difficult to do Book Clubs, where each group of 3-4 students needs to be reading the same book.
We work in book clubs for many of our units of study and and need multiple copies of books.
We have begged for and borrowed books from other teachers; however, my students would LOVE to be able to go to our own classroom library to choose books rather than waiting to see if we can get enough copies from other classrooms. We also use picture books as read aloud and mentor texts for both reading and writing.
I have seen a HUGE difference in my students love of reading this first semester and look forward to seeing more growth as the year progresses.
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