My students are inquisitive, engaging fourth graders. They are curious students who love to ask questions and extend their learning. Our classroom is a warm and welcoming community of learners. These amazing young people bring their cultural backgrounds into our class of learners to create a diverse classroom community.
Our 3rd through 8th graders and their families choose to attend this school to be a part of our wonderful, small school learning environment.
I teach at a public magnet school with less than 400 students in 3rd-8th grades, which provides a unique opportunity for upper elementary and middle school students to share the same campus and school community. As a school of choice instead of a neighborhood zoned school, we have students enrolled from throughout the district's different school zones.
This project started with book titles from a UNICEF listing of books for "Making the World a Better Place," and I couldn't agree more about the importance of literature teaching children important lessons about how to improve our world. In addition to books from the UNICEF list, I am requesting several other picture books with similar themes. These books feature small acts of kindness; moments of bravery; stories of hope, strength, and determination; and bursts of inspiration. They feature characters from around the world.
I want my students to open books and open the world.
I want my students to look for the goodness in people. I want my students to see themselves mirrored in literature. More than anything, I want them to grow up to be good people. These books will help them do that. From My Beautiful Birds, about finding hope during the Syrian refugee crisis, to Come With Me, about finding friendliness and courage amongst anger and hatred, these books teach hard lessons in picture books that are easy for children to understand.
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